Day 3 – For chilly nights

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Day 3 and we have another classic. Carson McCuller’s „The heart is a lonely hunter“ was the choice for the bookclub in November and it was a very cold night when we discussed it but in general I feel exactly the heat that is constantly described in this city of the south can warm you during a chilly winter night.

Carson McCullers published the book in 1940, it tells the story of the mute John Singer in a small town in Georgia at the end of the 1930s. It starts with his somewhat at least one sided homoerotic relationship with his also deaf-mute buddy Spiros Antonapoulos until Spiros lands himself in an asylum. It continues with John Singers relationships with Mick Kelly, the owner of the local pub, the marxist Jake Blount, the black doctor Benedict Copeland and a little girl called

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It was completely beyond my comprehension how this could have been a first time novel let alone by somebody who was barely in her mid-twenties when she wrote the book. McCullers was never a very happy person in her life but wow she was a damn good writer.

“Next to music, beer was best.” 

She was probably not the most likeable character in real life but enormously talented with powerful observation skills. I was quite stunned to read about her prediction of what would later be known as the Selma Marches with Dr. Martin Luther King a whopping 25 years before the actually took place.

“Maybe when people longed for a thing that bad the longing made them trust in anything that might give it to them.”

And let me repeat myself: all this aged 23 – in a first novel. These are the moments when I asked myself, what the hell has gone wrong with my life 😉

1968 the book was made into a movie by Robert Ellis Miller and managed to get two Oscars for main and supporting actress:

The perfect book for a chilly winter night, so read it if you haven’t done so yet or re-read, there is no better time for it than now.

The book has been published in German as „Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger“ in Diogenes Verlag.

Which book would you recommend for chilly nights?

 

 

 

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And the Winner is ….

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Here you can see our bookclub in action 😉 It was time to relax after an exhausting voting session that meant voting for the next 13 books to read (why 13 btw ?). Jeez – not exactly easy with all these brilliant books to choose from. We all could suggest 3-4 books and had 6 votes. So glad I wasn’t the one who had to do the maths here …

In red you see the winners and hence a selection of the books that will be reviewed here over the next 12 months.

Happy with our choice ? What would you have chosen ? There is of course always the chance to read them all eventually….

  1. Mobile Library by David Whitehouse 
  2. Harvest by Jim Crace
  3. Amongst Women by John McGahern 
  4. We Are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Folwer
  5. Us by David Nicholls
  6. Things Fall Apart by Chimua Achebe 
  7. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  8. The Interestings by Meg Wollitzer
  9. City of Thieves by David Benioff 
  10. Ali and Nino by Kurban Said 
  11. Suite Francaise by Irène Némirovsky
  12. The Grass Harp by Truman Capote
  13. Karnak Café by Naguib Mahfouz
  14. Her Lover (belle Du Seigneur) by Albert Cohen
  15. Comedy in a Minor Key: A Novel by Hans Keilson
  16. The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger
  17. The Member Of The Wedding by Carson McCullers
  18. The Road Into The Open by Arthur Schnitzler
  19. The Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
  20. My Struggle: Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard
  21. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  22. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
  23. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  24. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain 
  25. Wild. A journey from lost to found by Cheryl Strayed
  26. The Minaturist by Jessie Burton
  27. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford