Clock Without Hands: A Novel Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication Date : September 15, 1998
- File Size : 2932 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 259 pages
- Publisher : Mariner Books; Reprint Edition (September 15, 1998)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B003JTHWLY
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #478,292 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed McCullers' short stories immensely, especially ones in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, much better than this one. "Wunderkind" was quite a story, probably my favorite of the bunch, and to anyone who is reading McCullers for the first time, I would suggest this story or some of her other shorter works. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is also a very solid work from this author, and thought it handled the theme of isolation/death a bit better than she does in Clock Without Hands.
That being said, I see how McCullers tries to tie everything together in some ways in symbolic form at the end. It's much of the way characters and situations are presented that are ineffective.
McCullers has a strong sense of understanding and empathizing with the human condition, which she presents quite often in her writing, and this is also evident in Clock Without Hands. There is something that is very personal in much of her characters, who often struggle against some element of life. It just didn’t work as well here in her final novel, in my opinion.
Read all her books. To miss one is to deprive oneself of awe and wonder.
McCullers weaves together a complex pattern made up of characters it is difficult to find any sympathy with.The interactions and coversations come across as stage managed and unlikely-the judge as an omnipient powerful statesman and lawyer seems undermined as he allows Jester and then his black 'amanuensis' Sherman Pew to insult him with no rebuke, yet by the end of the book McCullers has left you with a complete picture of a corrupt and dying south. 'Clock..' is more powerful, perhaps, because there are no really redeeming characters.So often the white mans conscience is appeased in this type of story by having the good white man defending the poor oppressed black. This is ok up to a point, but it still has the smell of white above black;no justice unless the white man delivers it.McCullers steers clear of this trap by starkly highlighting human failings; the lust for power and 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.(Indeed, the judges son is damned by the lover of the black man he is defending for pushing the civil rights and justice angle rather than the plain one of self defence which the man was pleading; this is at odds with the usual line such cases are written about in fiction.)
An oddly crafted story that has a lasting power due soley to the style it is written.