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Clock Without Hands By Carson McCullers Clock Without Hands Set in Georgia on the eve of court ordered integration Clock Without Hands contains McCullers s most poignant statement on race class and justice A small town druggist dying of leukemia calls himse

  • Title: Clock Without Hands
  • Author: Carson McCullers
  • ISBN: 9780395929735
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Clock Without Hands By Carson McCullers Set in Georgia on the eve of court ordered integration, Clock Without Hands contains McCullers s most poignant statement on race, class, and justice A small town druggist dying of leukemia calls himself and his community to account in this tale of change and changelessness, of death and the death in life that is hate It is a tale, as McCullers herself wrote, of responseSet in Georgia on the eve of court ordered integration, Clock Without Hands contains McCullers s most poignant statement on race, class, and justice A small town druggist dying of leukemia calls himself and his community to account in this tale of change and changelessness, of death and the death in life that is hate It is a tale, as McCullers herself wrote, of response and responsibility of man toward his own livingness.
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    1. Diane Barnes on said:

      I believe I have rated McCullers first 3 novels with 5 stars, but, unfortunately I can t get there with this one It seemed disjointed and unrealistic, and I disliked each of the four main characters equally They seemed like caricatures than real peopleE JUDGE A gluttonous, bigoted man who lied to himself as to his worth, and at age 85, has come up with a plan for the federal government to make reparations to the South for the financial ruin brought about when slaves were freedSTER The judge s 1 [...]

    2. Cecily on said:

      Published in 1961, this story is set in a small town in southern USA The overt story concerns race, justice and to some extent mortality, though there are plenty of other threads However, it s the examination of the protagonists views on race that are most interesting and, to some extent troubling, especially to the modern reader as the N word and variants are used quite often, albeit as a noun statement, rather than necessarily as an insult It plays with one s sympathies very effectively For in [...]

    3. StevenGodin on said:

      McCullers writes about about small town America with such authenticity and really captures people of a certain time and place that is hard to surpass, this is no exception Through racial prejudice, family secrets and redemption, the lives of four men bound by histories are interwoven to create a tender, poignant and sometimes humorous read As the last of her novels it s arguably the best written and this is quite something considering she suffered two severe strokes along with other health probl [...]

    4. Lawyer on said:

      Clock Without Hands Carson McCullers Southern RequiemClock Without Hands by Carson McCullers was chosen by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for November, 2017.McCullers final novel was published in 1961 It had been long anticipated However, reviews were kind than favorable The praise lauded on the Wunderkind author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in 1942 did not appear.But for the admirer of the works of McCullers, Clock Without Hands remains a vital read exploring a fierce and violent [...]

    5. Alan on said:

      If not beautiful than The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, as good and even brave Gay miscegenation in the south, in the 40s No wonder it took 10 years to be published I m surprised there wasn t controversy.

    6. Franky on said:

      I see the clock without hands metaphor raging through, and see various characters and situations in allegorical terms and the symbolism present, but, to me, the whole novel just wasn t as solid as some of her other works I thought it was a bit too overdone in many ways the Judge stands out as an example It seems at various points that McCullers is trying to underscore a particular theme of human struggle, but the methods by which she attempts to do this don t work as well as many of her other wo [...]

    7. Paul Bryant on said:

      I m sorry to report that this novel is pretty much a complete disaster It s a study of four characters located in Milan, Georgia, at the point in the early 1950s when the civil rights movement was beginning to make itself felt in the American South We have JT Malone, a pharmacist Judge Clane, an 85 year old ex congressman Jester Clane, his 17 year old orphaned grandson and Sherman Pew, an 18 year old black guy with blue eyes.The whole thing is painful I m sure there is a great novel out there wi [...]

    8. Kyle on said:

      Carson McCullers never fails to impress me In this grim novel of the Southern Gothic tradition, she examines the growing race tensions at the cusp of the civil rights movement, inter generational gaps and relations, and most importantly the theme of life vs death Sheer genius from the first line Death is always the same, but each man dies in his own way Another aspect of McCullers writing that I admire is her flawless shifting of points of view between characters Despite how flawed the character [...]

    9. Elliott on said:

      A thoughtful meditation on dying written as the author, Carson McCullers, was dying Ravaged by strokes and illness, she starts off this novel with the character J.T Malone, the pharmacist, finding out he will probably die within the year From this spring board, McCullers weaves a tale that once again explores the themes of loneliness, isolation, and the search for identity and love Even the opening line of this book Death is always the same, but each man dies in his own way presents the reality [...]

    10. Camie on said:

      Small Southern town, 1950 s, short story of 4 men The old judge clinging to the past, his orphaned and confused grandson Jester, a flamboyant black servant Sherman, and the town pharmacist Malone who just found out his diagnosis of fatal leukemia has left him a clock with no hands or in other words a man who s counting down to the certain but unknown time of his death Not my favorite Mc Cullers but worthwhile reading that takes on a lot of tough subjects, especially for that period, racial injus [...]

    11. Nathan on said:

      Set in a small, Southern town on the eve of the Court s decision in Brown v Board, Clock Without Hands explores the lives of several of the town s residents as they deal with the changing racial climate of the civil rights era A story of fear, intolerance, and violence, the novel features a rich and interesting cast of characters that quickly draws you in and a terrible building tension that keeps the pages turning One of my favorite characters that I ve read in a long time is Judge Clane, a gre [...]

    12. Peter on said:

      A novel of despair and wasted lives with some mild hopes of redemption Though Carson McCullers writes as well as ever, Clock Without Hands is a little loose at the seams compared to some of her earlier work A small town pharmacist is given a diagnosis of leukaemia which, not surprisingly, makes him reconsider his life and what remains of it He discovers that he was split between love and hatred but what he loved and what he hated was unclear Yet despite reading Kierkegaard as small town pharmaci [...]

    13. Marcos on said:

      I truly think after reading this, its confirmation that she s definitely one of the greatest prose writers I ve ever read This work is slightly abrupt, terse, and tense than the gentler The Member of the Wedding and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter The interesting thing about this novel are that the main characters A dying pharmacist, an aging judge, his grandson, and a racially mixed companion are all male Usually, Ms McCullers puts a female character that balances out all the masculinity of the t [...]

    14. Ariela on said:

      It s not about liking the characters, it s about being on intimate terms with them.

    15. Jim on said:

      A bigot, a half breed, a cancer patient, and a twink walk into a bar The bartender says What ll it be fellas Stop me if you ve heard this one beforeOkay, so this was my first Carson McCullers, and I m sensing this might not be her best work She does okay with building the characters, but the plot, such as it is, seems muddled The same material in Faulkner s hands could have been great, but this book doesn t deliver much.Will have to try something else by McCullers

    16. Morgan on said:

      Carson McCullers last book she wrote I thought it was better than the one I just read, but still not as good as Lonely Hunter I believe I ve read all of her fiction now Maybe missing some short stories and essays.If you care to read this book keep in mind it s reads a little slow I think The subject matter in this book is heavy Maybe some of her heaviest yet It goes into racism, depression, and rape I was kind of shocked to see her throw in the word fuck a few times at the end This also makes th [...]

    17. Zan on said:

      carson mccullers is staring at me i remember listening to the anniversary s song the heart is a lonely hunter in middle school and eventually googling the album and clicking a blue hyperlink that told me about carson mccullers she seems very southern gothic, which is a term that means very to kill a mocking bird y i.e this novel is ostensibly set in the 1950s but no one ever mentions world war II or fast food chains or anything the racism probably was still that bad i don t really know at the en [...]

    18. Greg on said:

      It is said that Carson McCullers thought Truman Capote copied her work At best, we can agree that both are representative of Southern Gothic But here, in Clock Without Hands, McCuller s skews Capote not once, but twice with Sherman Black and Jester White And although it seems that McCullers is pro integration, she leaves alive, by the end of the book, her villain the Judge who wants to turn back time and re establish slavery In fact, she kills her two decent characters not members of the rich, w [...]

    19. Kendall on said:

      A little slow at first but I was completely engrossed by the end She s does an incredible of dissecting a character s emotional makeup peeling back the layers until she reaches the very core of who they are And as she goes she carefully holds each layer up to the light where you can examine it and come to understand why that character is who he is By doing this she helps you understand completely even empathize with the most despicable character.

    20. D.A. on said:

      I had just been thinking, I wish Carson McCullers had written books when I happened into a used bookstore and found this among the stacks I absolutely am in love with Member of the Wedding and thoroughly enjoyed The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and Ballad of the Sad Cafe So it seemed like this book would be a pleasure Well, it wasn t I mean I didn t totally hate it But it was like watching an actress you admire waltzing around in a big costume in a bad movie I watched to the end, then walked out of [...]

    21. Hélène on said:

      La beaut de l criture de Carson Mc Cullers m a renvers e Quel art de traduire en quelques mots, en un adjectif, en une image, la profondeur d une situation, d un tat d me.Quel art de cr er des personnages aussi intriguants, attachants ou repoussants Malone le pharmacien dans les derniers mois de sa vie creuse et triste, le juge p dant, superbement narcissique, son petit fils Jester jeune homosexuel qui s ignore plus ou moins dans le sud am ricain des ann es 50 et finalement, Sherman, le n gre au [...]

    22. Christian Schwoerke on said:

      Mortality and redemption are this novel s chief concerns For what will I be known when I die Has my life had meaning Carson McCullers uses the Judge s crackpot scheme to redeem Confederate currency to signal the novel s concern with its characters acts of misguided notions and acts of redemption This novel centers around four characters in almost equal measure 39 year old pharmacist J.T Malone who is dying of leukemia the 70 something former congressman Judge Fox Clane the Judge s 17 year old gr [...]

    23. Hope on said:

      It is an American tragedy that Carson McCullers isn t widely read I think she is in the same class as James Baldwin as one of the most important American novelists of the 20th century, due in part to her expert observation of a time and a place long since passed and her sensitivity to people of all kinds The main characters in this book are all men a pharmacist dying of leukemia, his friend the Judge, the Judge s gay grandson, and a black teenager with blue eyes named Sherman Everyone is in lov [...]

    24. Michael Dobson on said:

      Published in 1961, this is McCullers final novel She died aged 50 in 1967, leaving an unfinished autobiography.Clock without hands is a novel about death It starts with Malone the chemist being told he is dying Malone goes to visit his friend the Judge, a comic, corpulent Republican former senator in his eighties who drinks and pontificates on his own greatness, while fearing death and mourning his son, dead of suicide in his twenties Most of the novel is concerned with the Judge, his grandson J [...]

    25. Julie on said:

      The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is still my favorite Carson McCuller s book, but this one was hard to put down as well Clock Without Hands takes place in the deep south and explores the very different lives of four individuals and their fear with death or of being different Jester Clane I was extremely impressed that a book like this from the 40s addressed issues before it s time like race in the South and had a character questioning their sexuality I just love the way she writes the words seem to [...]

    26. Bill Huntley on said:

      Ms McCullers has populated her novel with characters as ambitious, deluded and flawed as any true live human Like true humans, they are doomed or redeemed by the choices they make The reader is drawn into a dark landscape to dwell in intimacy with the life and death struggle of the human condition, as her cast of misfits seek justice and understanding.This story concerned with the legacy of the past and its impact on segregation is as relevant today as it was in 1961 on the eve of court ordered [...]

    27. Kristin-Leigh on said:

      This novel is absolutely incredible I usually describe McCullers writing as To Kill a Mockingbird, if Scout was 13 and engaging in awkward sexual experimentation with the neighbor boy and this novel was no disappointment there in fact, I would say it directly riffs on TKAM at times, with its critique of racial injustice in the legal system Clock Without Hands doesn t offer any solutions, though it recognizes problems racial injustice, sexism, even homophobia, but no neatly packaged lessons are b [...]

    28. Dave on said:

      Carson McCullers peaked at 23 The Heart is a Lonely Hunter has the character and thematic depth of a work by someone in their 40s Clock Without Hands reads like the work of a teenager who s read one Greek tragedy and decided that putting the most painfully obvious stock characters and plot points in a shlocktastic melodrama is the way to go Much like Uncle Tom s Cabin and Full Metal Jacket, it s hard not to laugh at the simple mind that drew up the climactic death scene in this work This book wa [...]

    29. Denise Lampton on said:

      I enjoyed reading this book The racial unequality in a small southern town in the 60s were right on target Here, times were changing and Malone facing his own mortality The relationship between Jester and Sherman, two boys growing up in two different worlds and they were able to forge a friendship I like seeing what happens when there is the fork in the road and explains much as to what happened and why I also like the fact that Malone did take a stand before his life came to an end.

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