Compassion & Contempt

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, captivated readers with its stark portrayal of five characters striving to break out of his or her isolated existence.  What is especially interesting is that each character is isolated in very different ways.  The deaf-mute John Singer (Alan Arkin, in the film) cannot communicate with most of the world because he cannot speak; Mick Kelly (Sondra Locke, in the film) cannot communicate with anyone in her family because they do not share her intelligence and ambition; Biff Brannon is left alone when his wife dies; Dr. Copeland is alienated from his family and other black people because of his education and viewpoints; Jake Blount is alone in his radical views and in that he is a newcomer in town.

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