The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

This excerpt is taken from the 1940 debut novel by Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. It is easy to see how the thoughts of one (female) author back then is applicable to all of us today.

‘But say a man does know. He sees the world as it is and he looks back thousands of years to see how it all came about. He watches the slow agglutination of capital and power and he sees its pinnacle today. He sees America as a crazy house. He sees how men have to rob their brothers in order to live. He sees children starving and women working sixty hours a week to get to eat. He sees a whole damn army of unemployed and billions of dollars and thousands of miles of land wasted. He sees war coming. He sees how when people suffer just so much they get mean and ugly and something dies in them. But the main thing he sees is that the whole system of the world is built on a lie. And although it’s as plain as the shining sun- the don’t-knows have lived with that lie so long they just can’t see it.’

-Jake Blount- (one of the main characters, and a frustrated US socialist)

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