Reflections in a Golden Eye

Reflections in a Golden Eye

by Carson McCullers

A powerful and passionate tale is set on a southern army post --a human hell inhabited by a sexually disturbed officer, his animalistic wife, her lover, and the driven young private who forces the drama to its climax...

  • Language: English
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.83
  • Pages: 136
  • Publish Date: September 8th 2000 by Mariner Books
  • Isbn10: 0618084754
  • Isbn13: 9780618084753

What People Think about "Reflections in a Golden Eye"

As one would expect from Carson McCullers, this book speaks of loneliness and isolation. Unlike my favorite McCullers novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, there are no John Singers or Mick Kellys. A discussion between two of the officers illuminates the conflict best: "You mean that any fulfillment obtained at the expense of normalcy is wrong, and should not be allowed to bring happiness. This novel does not quite soar to the heights of my favorite McCullers novel.

An impending sense of dread interlaces the lives of five characters set on an army base in the American South of the 1930s. 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. 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.

Carsons 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.

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. The characters are strange and you cannot help but wonder how the elements fit together. 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. I do not think his intonations fit the characters speaking. I like the book.

I become the characters I write about and I bless the Latin poet Terence who said 'Nothing human is alien to me.'" declares the author in an interview about this novel. 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 'normalcy'.

I love the way McCullers's work is overrun with the most vivid queens.

I am continually startled by the Carson McCullers work, and her intuitive handling of human frailty. I once wrote a story about a writer who could not write anymore, and my friend Tennessee Williams said, 'How could you dare write that story, it's the most frightening work I have ever read.' I was pretty well sunk while I was writing it." - Carson McCullers

Personagens com desejos, personalidades e comportamentos invulgares que nos surpreendem e estranhamos, mas que não considero absurdos porque estão coerentes com quem são e a vida que vivem.

It's slow, painful, a little weird and beautiful.

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. There, and in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she wrote her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, in the Southern Gothic tradition. 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. "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).