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Reflections in a Golden Eye This reads like a ghost story, even though there is nothing supernatural in it at all It is rather like an analysis of the inner ghosts people carry with them making them act irrationally on an objective level while being perfectly logical according to the specific haunting that makes up their identity It also reads like a crime story running backwards, for we know from page one that one of the main characters is going to be murdered, and we know the entire cast of the tragedy as well Over This reads like a ghost story, even though there is nothing supernatural in it at all It is rather like an analysis of the inner ghosts people carry with them making them act irrationally on an objective level while being perfectly logical according to the specific haunting that makes up their identity It also reads like a crime story running backwards, for we know from page one that one of the main characters is going to be murdered, and we know the entire cast of the tragedy as well Over the course of the unfolding drama, we can see that there are no motives or a million motives for all actors involved, and we can see the everyday nothingness of life being mixed with the all consuming passion of suppressed desire and ambition.It is a story of overwhelming frustration with status quo and it doesn t really matter whether that status quo means being a lover or a spouse or a secretly infatuated unconnected person Status quo as a slow killer and a murder as a means of breaking the collective lethargy What made Carson McCullers write this piece of painful truth A cautionary tale with a morale Beware of boredom for it triggers insane action Beware of desire for it makes you unhappy Or maybe beware of convention for it triggers rule breaking Whatever her intention, the result is a breathtaking description of life as we know it dull and dramatic, meaningless and important, difficult and easy going Brilliantly written in softly flowing prose Recommended Carson s biographer tells us that her family got an anonymous phone call just after this novel was published An alleged Ku Klux Klansman called to say that he and his friends were going to get her that night She had been a nigger lover in her first book, he said, and now she had proven herself a queer as well Carson s indignant father waited all night on the front porch of their Starke Avenue home to greet the Klansman with a loaded shotgun and was disappointed when no one attempted to car Carson s biographer tells us that her family got an anonymous phone call just after this novel was published An alleged Ku Klux Klansman called to say that he and his friends were going to get her that night She had been a nigger lover in her first book, he said, and now she had proven herself a queer as well Carson s indignant father waited all night on the front porch of their Starke Avenue home to greet the Klansman with a loaded shotgun and was disappointed when no one attempted to carry out the threat.Here is the very house and the very porchThis novel is a novella 124 large font pages stuffed with lurid characters and incidents including one which some readers will find most upsetting a man shoves a live kitten into a mail box and it was written when Carson was 23.In fact she had a career quite similar to some notable musicians from the 1960s who did almost everything before the age of 30 and kind of coasted after that I m looking at you, Ray Davies, John Sebastian, Brian Wilson and others, you know who you are And like some of those guys, Carson did have legitimate reasons, because she was really ill a lot of the time So, this is a bonkers little tale of closeted gay men and horrible marriages, and I did like it but I kind of thought, as I do when I listen to the magnificent run of Kinks singles from You Really Got Me to Lola , what could this writer not have done if only, if only An impending sense of dread interlaces the lives of five characters set on an army base in the American South of the 1930s They are all prey of the remorse that goes along with secret liaisons, inner frustrations and repressed sexual preferences With the rigidness of the secluded military system and the inherent loneliness in hermetic marriages imposed by social convention as a backdrop, resentments and obsessions will fester in contained aggressiveness and will inevitably escalate towards a v An impending sense of dread interlaces the lives of five characters set on an army base in the American South of the 1930s They are all prey of the remorse that goes along with secret liaisons, inner frustrations and repressed sexual preferences With the rigidness of the secluded military system and the inherent loneliness in hermetic marriages imposed by social convention as a backdrop, resentments and obsessions will fester in contained aggressiveness and will inevitably escalate towards a virulent eruption.Captain Penderton wrestles against his strong attraction to men in self loathing while his wife Leonora has an affair with Major Morris Langdon Officer Williams performs nocturnal voyeuristic rituals in a state of trance revealing his suppressed fascination for the female sex.Alison Langdon s mental state is fragile after a traumatic event and is repelled by her husband s dalliance with Leonora.Worthy of a Tennessee Williams play, these excessively temperamental, anomalous and aimless characters drawn in opaque languidness live locked within self imposed isolation and disguise their torments with overwrought refinement and menacing politeness The title of this novelette Reflections in a Golden Eye evokes the mismatched glances, the missed opportunities of crossed looks that never found each other It s in the eye where the seed of unresolved passions remains embedded, where a primal and inexplicable fixation for the other is fostered, where unconsummated lust clouds discernment in the threshold of desireA peacock of a sort of ghastly green With one immense golden eye And in it the reflections of something tiny and grotesque 86 The symphonic motifs played inThe Heart is a Lonely Hunterare revisited in this novella They might be accused of lacking in thematic magnitude if compared to McCullers opera prima but the dismal melody of her prose seeps in relentlessly, subjugating the reader, taking him to the pit of human desolation and leaving him alone with the discordant echoes of characters who live trapped within themselves and are incapable to communicate in a claustrophobic setting, which in turn gives shape to the ongoing metaphor that condemns the societal hierarchy of the American South of the thirties Yes, we have encountered this theme before but the masterful precision in design and the deliberate structure of the work at hand that leads to a dramatically distilled outcome offers a nuanced reading experience of areflective order than McCullers famous masterpiece The result is this brutal short story, which is muchthan a Greek Tragedy played by misshapen creatures It is a mirror refracting the Sense of absolute Dread that plagues mankind s existence and dyes inexorable darkness with forged gold A short and strange story full of dread, Reflections in a Golden Eye reflects on the nuances of illicit attraction Set on a southern fort during WWII, the nearly plotless novel follows a small cast of characters two officers, their wives, a soldier, and a servant as they are alternately drawn to and repulsed by each other An undercurrent of gallows humor runs throughout the novel, which s written in haunting prose and filled with mesmerizing and unsettling imagery The work seems best approach A short and strange story full of dread, Reflections in a Golden Eye reflects on the nuances of illicit attraction Set on a southern fort during WWII, the nearly plotless novel follows a small cast of characters two officers, their wives, a soldier, and a servant as they are alternately drawn to and repulsed by each other An undercurrent of gallows humor runs throughout the novel, which s written in haunting prose and filled with mesmerizing and unsettling imagery The work seems best approached as a series of lurid character studies, each centering on a grotesque personality grappling with socially stigmatized desire I am humbled once again by the familiarity of Carson McCullers with pain, loneliness and alienation the dark thread that ties together her novels and stories, the silent scream of despair that unites the patrons of a sad cafe with the unsuccesful hunters for love in a mill town, and now with the officers and their consorts on an army base somewhere in GeorgiaI am so immersed in my characters that their motives are my own When I write about a thief, I become one when I write about Captain P I am humbled once again by the familiarity of Carson McCullers with pain, loneliness and alienation the dark thread that ties together her novels and stories, the silent scream of despair that unites the patrons of a sad cafe with the unsuccesful hunters for love in a mill town, and now with the officers and their consorts on an army base somewhere in GeorgiaI am so immersed in my characters that their motives are my own When I write about a thief, I become one when I write about Captain Penderton, I become a homosexual man I become the characters I write about and I bless the Latin poet Terence who said Nothing human is alien to medeclares the author in an interview about this novel It makes me wonder though, when she claims to be familiar with all forms of human emotion, if she ever came across happy people Because her characters are struggling in vain for peace and contenment They are, as described by Captain Pendleton, square pegs trying to fit into round holes, pushed to the fringes of acceptable behaviour by a moralistic society much too concerned with normalcyYou mean, Captain Penderton said, that any fulfilment obtained at the expense of normalcy is wrong, and should not be allowed to bring happiness In short, it is better, because it is morally honorable, for the square peg to keep scraping about the rounded hole rather than to discover and use the unorthodox square that would fit itAn army camp is a world in miniature, a diorama here for the study of human behaviour in isolated conditions the boring routine of military life needs to be compensated by emotional adventures, whose appeal relieson secrecy and the forbidden fruit than in actual passionate feelings Some people are better suited for this game than others predators who are only concerned for their well being, and prey who get their hearts broken like fine porcelain vases dropped casually from the common table view spoiler They found Mrs Langdon unconscious and she had cut off the tender nipples of her breasts with the garden shears hide spoiler This study of unfulfilled desires and repressed instincts tackles questions about personal responsibility for one s actions, about how much the environment and peer pressure can exarcebate emotional instability in persons with adelicate constitution Alcohol, ambition, broken channels of communication, lack of imagination or simple indifference also feature in the equation, but McCarson has the magic touch that tranforms this story from a psychological study into a lyrical lament about the human condition He had the strange, rapt face of a Gauguin primitive Between predators and prey Major Langdon and Alison Langdon Captain Penderton and his wife Leonora , the author interposes a mute witness observer, an unsophisticated soul who reacts instinctively to life instead of trying to analyze it Private Williams is not an innocent bystander, he has a ruthlessness of purpose that serves as a catalyst for the dramatic events that will be the focus of the story, but for me he is also an embodiment of the subconscious, the only honest yet the most helpless of the actors in the play His ablity to care for and to relate to the horses under his care in the army stables is one illustration of this roleThe mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect The mind of Private Williams was imbued with various colors of strange tones, but it was without delineation, void of form Attracted by the external signs of beauty like a moth to the flame, the inarticulate Williams doesn t have the tools to analyze his position He can only follow his instincts view spoiler even when they make a murderer out of him in a previous incident and get him killed in the present one hide spoiler I feel the need to re read Of Mice and Men to see if I can find a connection between the private and Lennie.Art and the social graces can function as a temporary palliative for loneliness and despair Treated indifferently by her husband, Alison Langdon turns to other misfits who share her love of music, gardening, painting and fine eating References to Mozart sonatas echo here passages from the author s debut novel Her Philipino servant Anacleto understands her soul better than anybody else, being himself a square peg in a world of round holes But even kindred souls cannot keep the darkness at bay for long, nor does alcohol or sleeping pillsThe quantity of the drug gave him a unique and voluptuous sensation it was as though a great dark bird alighted on his chest, looked at him once with fierce, golden eyes, and stealthily enfolded him in his dark wings Is this golden bird from the title and from the vision of a tortured soulA peacock of a sort of ghastly green With one immense golden eye And in it these reflections of something tiny and grotesque a metaphor for unattainable love and beauty, drowned by petty concerns and inarticulate longing Read this gem and decide for yourself This novel, Carson McCullers s second, first came out serialized in Harper s Bazaar in 1940 The following year it was published as a book She wrote it in 1939, originally entitled Army Post The idea for the book grew from both a visit she had made as an adolescent to Fort Benning in Georgia and then later her husband s mention of a peeking Tom incident at Fort Bragg in North Carolina I assume you know what a peeping Tom is The story is laid up as a mystery You are told at the beginning tha This novel, Carson McCullers s second, first came out serialized in Harper s Bazaar in 1940 The following year it was published as a book She wrote it in 1939, originally entitled Army Post The idea for the book grew from both a visit she had made as an adolescent to Fort Benning in Georgia and then later her husband s mention of a peeking Tom incident at Fort Bragg in North Carolina I assume you know what a peeping Tom is The story is laid up as a mystery You are told at the beginning that it concerns two officers, two women, a soldier, a Filipino and a horse and that there will be a murder You cannot help but be curious The characters are strange and you cannot help but wonder how the elements fit together There isn t a possibility of guessing what will happen I was surprised at how the characters and what they did ended up making complete sense What was strange to me in the beginning made complete sense What this says to me is that if we don t understand people, it is simply because we lack adequate information For me this is a mystery because you want to figure out what has happened and why and how the people are as they are.It is through McCullers talented writing that you become curious The writing is sensual and tantalizing It is important to note that McCullers herself was bisexual and here she is writing about homosexuality She writes well of the pull, the physical attraction between people, and how you might act if how you feel is not acceptable The writing is not graphic She was ahead of her time, not that that influences my rating My rating is purely personal The audiobook I listened to is narrated by Christopher Kipiniak I understood him, but I disliked his dramatization I do not think his intonations fit the characters speaking I will give the narration two stars it is just OK I like the book It kept my attention Details and lines are thrown in that had me thinking Why did the author put in that Why did she express herself in that way What is she trying to have us think There is a conversation between two men, discussing whether if you are a square peg should you try to shove yourself into a round hole or should you look for a square hole The men disagree This says a lot about the two men Private Ellgee Williams was accidentally the witness to a strange scene between Captain Penderton and his wife which took place one evening in the living room of their homePrivate Williams was a young man who lived a secretive and solitary life His eyes were a curious blend of amber and brown, and he moved silently, with the grace of a panther The captain s wife was voluptuous and beautiful She was a woman who feared neither man, beast, nor the devil God she had never knownCaptain Penderton was regarded by his fellow officers with an obscure distrust Yet no one, least of all the captain himself, was aware of the dangerous compulsion which was driving him to desperate actsThat summer evening terrifying forces were unleashed What happened to the private, the captain, and the captain s wife is recorded in this bizarre and powerful story ➷ [Reading] ➹ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen ➬ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and he moved silently ❴KINDLE❵ ❆ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk with the grace of a panther The captain s wife was voluptuous and beautiful She was a woman who feared neither man ❮Reading❯ ➳ Good People in an Evil Time ➬ Author Svetlana Broz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk beast [EPUB] ✵ On a Day Like This By Peter Stamm – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk nor the devil God she had never knownCaptain Penderton was regarded by his fellow officers with an obscure distrust Yet no one ➫ [Ebook] ➦ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ➶ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk least of all the captain himself [BOOKS] ⚣ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk was aware of the dangerous compulsion which was driving him to desperate actsThat summer evening terrifying forces were unleashed What happened to the private [Ebook] ➠ Secrecy By Rupert Thomson – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk the captain [KINDLE] ❅ The Silence and the Roar By Nihad Sirees – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and the captain s wife is recorded in this bizarre and powerful story I love the way McCullers s work is overrun with the most vivid queens Some closeted, like Lieutenant Penderton here, but others gay and carefree, like Anacleto, Mrs Langdon s Filipino houseboy This is a story of sexual derangement, of what happens when the love impulse is forced underground, in an age when it dare not speak its name The novel is in its way almost unutterably sad It makes us glad that we live in comparatively happier times Despite the fact that McCullers has these moments o I love the way McCullers s work is overrun with the most vivid queens Some closeted, like Lieutenant Penderton here, but others gay and carefree, like Anacleto, Mrs Langdon s Filipino houseboy This is a story of sexual derangement, of what happens when the love impulse is forced underground, in an age when it dare not speak its name The novel is in its way almost unutterably sad It makes us glad that we live in comparatively happier times Despite the fact that McCullers has these moments of marginally questionable usage say, four or five instances where another word choice would have been better the book is a wonder And at 127 pages you can read it in one sitting The book holds us in thrall Highly recommended Leonora Penderton feared neither man, beast, nor the devil God she had never knownReflections in a Golden Eye, Carson McCullersPublished in 1941, RiaGE is McCuller s second novel after The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Anthony Slide considered RiaGE one of the four great pre 1950 gay English novels Djuna Barnes Nightwood, Capote s Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Vidal s The City and the Pillar To me, it was patient, beautiful and sad Nothing like the melodramatic movie that John Huston madLeonora Penderton feared neither man, beast, nor the devil God she had never knownReflections in a Golden Eye, Carson McCullersPublished in 1941, RiaGE is McCuller s second novel after The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Anthony Slide considered RiaGE one of the four great pre 1950 gay English novels Djuna Barnes Nightwood, Capote s Other Voices, Other Rooms, and Vidal s The City and the Pillar To me, it was patient, beautiful and sad Nothing like the melodramatic movie that John Huston made in 1967 out of it later It s six fabulous characters drill into you Loneliness and repression run circuits throughout I felt like Patricia Highsmith s entire ouvre was hatched out of this one egg For me, this is not so much gay lit as it is a fantastic psychological novel Carson can bend the tension in people like a ridding crop and let it snap at will I haven t read one way or the other if Highsmith EVER read this novel, but it almost feels like Highsmith s later works A novella set in an army camp in the US south, presumably around 1940, when it was written, though it feltlike the 50s or 60s It concerns six characters two officer couples, a servant and a conscript , each with an obsession with one of the others Unlike some of her books, race barely comes into it, but rank and sexuality do It s slow, painful, a little weird and beautiful As with all her writing, there are literal andmetaphorical lyrical aspects to the writing reflecting her m A novella set in an army camp in the US south, presumably around 1940, when it was written, though it feltlike the 50s or 60s It concerns six characters two officer couples, a servant and a conscript , each with an obsession with one of the others Unlike some of her books, race barely comes into it, but rank and sexuality do It s slow, painful, a little weird and beautiful As with all her writing, there are literal andmetaphorical lyrical aspects to the writing reflecting her musical training


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About the Author: Carson McCullers

Carson McCullers was an American who wrote fiction, often described as Southern Gothic, that explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts of the South From 1935 to 1937 she divided her time, as her studies and health dictated, between Columbus and New York and in September 1937 she married an ex soldier and aspiring writer, Reeves McCullers They began their married life in Charlotte, North Carolina where Reeves had found some work There, and in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she wrote her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, in the Southern Gothic tradition The title, suggested by McCullers s editor, was taken from Fiona MacLeod s poem The Lonely Hunter However, many including Carson McCullers claim she wrote in the style of Southern Realism, a genre inspired by Russian Realism The novel itself was interpreted as an anti fascist book Altogether she published eight books The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 1940 , written at the age of twenty three, Reflections in a Golden Eye 1941 , and The Member of the Wedding 1946 , are the best known The novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1951 also depicts loneliness and the pain of unrequited love She was an alumna of Yaddo in Saratoga, New York The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter was filmed in 1968 with Alan Arkin in the lead role Reflections in a Golden Eye was directed by John Huston 1967 , starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor Some of the film was shot in New York City and on Long Island, where Huston was permitted to use an abandoned Army installation Many of the interiors and some of the exteriors were done in Italy I first met Carson McCullers during the war when I was visiting Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith in upstate New York, said Huston in An Open Book 1980 Carson lived nearby, and one day when Buzz and I were out for a walk she hailed us from her doorway She was then in her early twenties, and had already suffered the first of a series of strokes I remember her as a fragile thing with great shining eyes, and a tremor in her hand as she placed it in mine It wasn t palsy, rather a quiver of animal timidity But there was nothing timid or frail about the manner in which Carson McCullers faced life And as her afflictions multiplied, she only grew stronger After lifelong health problems including severe alcoholism, McCullers died of brain hemorrhage.