A review of Clock Without Hands, a novel by Carson McCullers, author also of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and A Member of the Wedding. Clock Without Hands Pa [Carson McCullers] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set in Georgia on the eve of court-ordered integration, Clock . Editorial Reviews. Review. The greatest prose writer that the South produced She has Clock Without Hands: A Novel – Kindle edition by Carson McCullers.

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Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

Was there ever such a hoity-toity young black mccllers from the South in the s as Sherman Pew? I truly think after reading this, its confirmation that she’s definitely one of the greatest prose writers I’ve ever read.

McCullers steers clear of this withoit by starkly highlighting human failings; the lust for power clockk revenge; the need to have someone below you; the al la carte love of justice the judge and his cronies espouses which excludes any hint of justice for the black man.

The main character here is also called Malone and he dies slowly while the rest of the story, some of which is a little absurd, happens around him. 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.

It is in many ways the preamble for a book about death. Share your thoughts with other customers.


If the product is purchased by linking through, The Literary Ladies Guide receives a modest commission, which helps maintain our site and helps it to continue growing! I recall having to read Thomas Hardy, and the requirement to analyse the life out of The Mayor of Casterbridge at school turned me off this author for several years. The same material in Faulkner’s hands could have been great, but this book doesn’t deliver much.

She is the woman whom V. One of my favorite characters that I’ve read in a long time is Judge Clane, a “great Southern statesman” who feverishly collects Confederate dollars in the blind hope that the currency will one day become valuable again.

Clock Without Hands

It’s not withotu liking the characters, it’s about being on intimate terms with them. It is possible that I have missed something in my reading, but now I know why I never heard of this book before, even though I am a huge fan of McCullers and consider her other books Southern classics. The judge organizes a group of high-grade morons and degenerates into a bombing party.

It sounds really compelling, especially when you consider that at the time the book was reading, these issues were still unresolved as if they are now… ahem! 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.

But I can’t recommend this one. Nov 15, Doug H rated it really liked it. McCullers explores some thought-provoking themes with great insight and understanding of the human condition. View all 4 comments.


One of the main characters in the story is an elderly judge, or rather Judge, a former Congressman, who has an exceedingly high regard for himself and excessive sense of his own importance. De roman “Het hart is een eenzame jager” van C.

Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

A heaviness has come over me. Quotes from Clock Without Hands. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I thought it was a bit too overdone in many ways the Judge stands out as an example.

In any case, I was able to relate to Malone and his peripheral and long-drawn out dying because Malone, in spite of his condition, has memorable moments: Write a customer review.

From this spring board, McCullers weaves a tale that once again explores the themes of loneliness, isolation, and the search for c,ock and love. Malone, the pharmacist, finding out he will probably die within the year. For the first time he knew that death was near to him.

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Instead, he begins babbling Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Now, it is also said that McCullers was a repressed lesbian: Clock Without Hands therefore strikes me as a bit of a muddle — a novel that was written and rewritten over too long a period and in difficult circumstances.