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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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Indonesian edition’s cover

Some people are living a sad, lonely life, being stereotyped and discriminated and misfits simply for what and who they are, for what they choose to do or to believe. As the minority, they have to live with being unaccepted, socially, and stranded away in the path nobody’s walking through. Thus, they are left alone and empty. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers pretty much reflects this reality, which remains prevailing even up to this day everywhere despite the book’s publishing date back in 1940. Set in America, the land of the “melting pot”, where the term of diversity can be both beneficial and problematical, the novel conveys loneliness within the diversity of people who can also possibly be us.

The story unfolds in an overlapping plot where all the characters undergo such unpleasant experiences in their lives. John Singer, a deaf-and-dumb Jew, lives…

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