Reflections in a Golden Eye

Reflections in a Golden Eye

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by Carson McCullers
     
 

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A new trade paperback edition of McCullers' second novel, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, immortalized by the 1967 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and John Houston.
Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, REFLECTIONS tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming womanizer who has

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A new trade paperback edition of McCullers' second novel, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, immortalized by the 1967 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and John Houston.
Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, REFLECTIONS tells the story of Captain Penderton, a bisexual whose life is upset by the arrival of Major Langdon, a charming 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 almost 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 collapse, her second novel deals with her trademark themes of alienation and unfulfilled loves.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The greatest prose writer that the South produced”—Tennessee Williams

“Again [McCullers] shows a sort of subterranean and ageless instinct for probing the hidden in men’s hearts and minds.”

The New York Herald-Tribune

"The novel is a masterpiece . . . as mature and finished as Henry James's THE TURN OF THE SCREW." Time Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618084753
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
None
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
224,250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Heart is a Lonely Hunter , The Member of the Wedding , Reflections in a Golden Eye , and Clock Without Hands . Born in Columbus, Georgia, on February 19, 1917, she became a promising pianist and enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York when she was seventeen, but lacking money for tuition, she never attended classes. Instead she studied writing at Columbia University, which ultimately led to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter , the novel that made her an overnight literary sensation. On September 29, 1967, at age fifty, she died in Nyack, New York, where she is buried.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 19, 1917
Date of Death:
November 29, 1967
Place of Birth:
Columbus, Georgia
Place of Death:
Nyack, New York
Education:
Columbia University and New York University, 1935

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Reflections in a Golden Eye 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
McCullers' Reflections in a Golden Eye was a wonderful yet depressing book about the complexity of human relationships. Although McCullers' writing style is simple, there is so much meaning underlying the story. Many sentences struck me as exquisitely beautiful and eerily truthful. Her insight into human tendency and the workings of the human mind is unlike any author I have read yet. It is a short book and I could not put it down. This book is definitely worth your attention.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a subtle book, but one I wanted to read again as soon as I finished. The story is somewhat simple in its structure, but extrordinarily complex once you consider the motives and interactions of the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The previous critic needs to learn how to review a book-- that review was insipid, lousy, and unclear-- give the book a chance, it's an edgy classic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exceptional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book lacked a plot, and failed to capture my attention. The character development was poor and the symbolism was very poorly used. The symbolism was also very confusing. For example, a man's sexuality was somehow related to a horse. I would strongly suggest not wasting your time on this novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an incredibly strange and unexpected book. I do not know really what to say about it except that it was not too good, and the storyline was uneven and did not seem to have too much of a point.