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Ost any hands such material would yield a rank fruitcake of mere arty melodrama But Carson McCullers tells her tale with simplicity insight and a rare gift of phrase Written during a time when McCullers's own marriage to Reeves was on the brink of collaps. I love the way McCullers s work is overrun with the most vivid ueens 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 uestionable 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

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Reflections in a Golden Eye

'A masterpiece as mature and finished as Henry James's The Turn of the Screw' TimeSet on a Southern army base in the 1930s Reflections in a Golden Eye tells the story of Captain Penderton a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon a ch. in a moment when a great but unknown shock is expected the mind instinctively prepares itself by abandoning momentarily the faculty of surprise In that vulnerable instant a kaleidoscope of half guessed possibilities project themselves and when the disaster has defined itself there is the feeling of having understood beforehand in some supernatural wayFrom page one of this strange little book there is a sense of impending doom hovering over the reader straight through to the very last page As one would expect from Carson McCullers this book speaks of loneliness and isolation It also brings us into a world of obsession Each character stands out with their eccentricities You re not going to find a single one towards whom you can extend a bit of hope You will not want to sit down and share all your dreams and sorrows with them Unlike my favorite McCullers novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter there are no John Singers or Mick Kellys The participants of this tragedy were two officers a soldier two women a Filipino and a horseThe story takes place at a southern army base during what I assume to be the 1930s One character on the surface serves as a Peeping Tom of sorts This in itself was enough to give me the creeps But as our voyeur peers through the windows so do we spy on the lives of this group of tormented human beings Sexual repression of both the homosexual and the heterosexual nature is emphasized When an individual is not allowed to be him or herself what are the repercussions If one must keep secret his or her desires the results will eventually reverberate across all the players Using the military post as the stage is a perfect way to illustrate the effects as this is a closed and disciplined community 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 In short it is better because it is morally honorable for the suare peg to keep scraping about the round hole rather than to discover and use the unorthodox suare that would fit it Why you put it exactly rightI ll leave the rest for you to discover on your own This novel does not uite soar to the heights of my favorite McCullers novel Nevertheless she was a brilliant author and I highly recommend any of her work She writes of the outcast and the isolation of the human soul like no one else Don t expect to be uplifted after reading one of her works but do expect to be fully satisfied

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Arming womanizer who has an affair with Penderton's tempestuous and flirtatious wife Leonora Upon the novel's publication in 1941 reviewers were unsure of what to make of its relatively scandalous subject matter But a critic for Time magazine wrote In alm. 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 grotesue personality grappling with socially stigmatized desire


10 thoughts on “Reflections in a Golden Eye

  1. says:

    in a moment when a great but unknown shock is expected the mind instinctively prepares itself by abandoning momentarily the faculty of surprise In that vulnerable instant a kaleidoscope of half guessed possibilities project themselves and when the disaster has defined itself there is the feeling of having understood beforehand in some supernatural wayFrom page one of this strange little book there is a sense of impending doom hovering ove

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    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

  3. says:

    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 represse

  4. says:

    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 so

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    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 Sh

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    This novel Carson McCullers's second first came out serialized in Harper's Bazaar in 1940 The following year it was published as a b

  7. says:

    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 Georgia I am so immersed in my characters that their motives are my own When I write about

  8. says:

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

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    Leonora Penderton feared neither man beast nor the devil; God she had never known Reflections 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

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    A novella set in an army camp in the US south presumably around 1940 when it was written though it felt like 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 and metaphorical lyrica