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Clock without Hands

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Set in small town Georgia on the eve of court ordered integration Clock Without Hands is Carson McCullers's final masterpiece as well as her most poignant statement on race class and individual responsibility The actors in this allegor. McCullers writes about about small town America with such authenticity and really captures people of a certain time and place that is hard to surpass this is no exception Through racial prejudice family secrets and redemption the lives of four men bound by histories are interwoven to create a tender poignant and sometimes humorous read As the last of her novels it's arguably the best written and this is uite something considering she suffered two severe strokes along with other health problemsWhat I find striking is her ability to understand the inner workings of man right down to the core and it's such a shame that a talent like this was taken from us too soon Hat's off to you Carson

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Y are J T Malone a lonely dying middle aged druggist looking to redeem his misspent life; Fox Clane a corrupt old judge and defender of the ways of the Old South; Jester Clane the judge's orphaned grandson a directionless adolescent wi. While I was reading this I kept thinking of Beckett's Malone Dies Malone Meurt written in 1951 ten years before this book 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 But dying itself is kind of absurd when you think about it 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 dying had uickened his livingness As to the title I wondered if it meant that when you know you have only a limited amount of time to live as Malone does you might prefer clocks without hands I expect Carson McCullers must have thought than most about dying having been ill all her life She died a few years after she finished this novel which was her lastIn The Mortgaged Heart a collection of McCullers' writings I came across this poem called 'When we are lost' which mentions clocks When we are lost what image tellsNothing resembles nothing Yet nothingIs not blank It is configured HellOf noticed clocks on winter afternoons malignant starsDemanding furniture All unrelatedAnd with air betweenThe terror Is it of Space of TimeOr the joined trickery of both conceptionsTo the lost transfixed among self inflicted ruinsAll that is non air if this indeed is not deceptionIs agony immobilized While TimeThe endless idiot runs screaming across the world

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Th a strong sense of social justice; and Sherman Pew an angry blue eyed black youth in search of his own identity Their interlocking stories are told with that uniue mix of humor irony power and love that marks all of McCullers's writi. Still mulling Review to follow Midnight Tango youth in search of his own identity Their interlocking stories are told with that uniue mix of humor irony power and love that marks all of McCullers's writi. Still mulling Review to follow


10 thoughts on “Clock without Hands

  1. says:

    Published in 1961 this story is set in a small town in southern USA The overt story concerns race justice and to some extent mortality though there are plenty of other threads However it's the examination of the protagonists' views on race that are most interesting and to some extent troubling especially to the modern reader as the N word and variants are used uite often albeit as a nounstatement rather than necessarily as an insult It plays with one's sympathies very effectively For instance the old judge is a very traditional white southern patriarch He is keen to retain segregation yet strives to be generous to the black people who work for him Is he bad a product of his time or both? As with all her writing this is distinctively McCullers with a lovely lyrical feel she was a trained musician I expect there are some that would like such a book to be buried and forgotten but I think the fact that it would be hard to write it now is all the reason to keep and read it McCullers' is clearly on the side of euality for the African American community but she makes it plain that it is not a straightforward issue of right and wrong or good and bad and that message is at least as relevant now as it was when segregation was the norm


  2. says:

    McCullers writes about about small town America with such authenticity and really captures people of a certain time and place that is hard to surpass this is no exception Through racial prejudice family secrets and redemption the lives of four men bound by histories are interwoven to create a tender poignant and sometimes humorous read As the last of her novels it's arguably the best written and this is uite something considering she suffered two severe strokes along with other health problemsWhat I find striking is her ability to understand the inner workings of man right down to the core and it's such a shame that a talent like this was taken from us too soon Hat's off to you Carson


  3. says:

    I believe I have rated McCullers' first 3 novels with 5 stars but unfortunately I can't get there with this one It seemed disjointed and unrealistic and I disliked each of the four main characters eually They seemed like caricatures than real peopleTHE JUDGE A gluttonous bigoted man who lied to himself as to his worth and at age 85 has come up with a plan for the federal government to make reparations to the South for the financial ruin brought about when slaves were freedJESTER The judge's 17 year old grandson who was naive and confused about his sexualitySHERMAN PEW An 18 year old negro orphan with a completely unbelievable personality for the place and time and a liar of some magnitudeJT MALONE A 40 year old druggist dying of leukemia who goes to four different doctors trying to find a diagnosis different than deathThe title of this book is appropriate however as a clock without hands makes no sense and neither did this book for me 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 She made some very good observations of racial aspects of the deep South of 1953 but it just never came together for me


  4. says:

    Clock Without Hands Carson McCullers' Southern ReuiemClock Without Hands by Carson McCullers was chosen by members of On the Southern Literary Trail for November 2017McCullers' final novel was published in 1961 It had been long anticipated However reviews were kind than favorable The praise lauded on the Wunderkind author of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter in 1942 did not appearBut for the admirer of the works of McCullers Clock Without Hands remains a vital read exploring a fierce and violent South A South that is unforgiving and unrepentant The novel is set during the tumultuous days of the Civil Rights Movement The events are told through the eyes of four central charactersWhat does it mean to live when our clock has no hands?More to follow


  5. says:

    While I was reading this I kept thinking of Beckett's Malone Dies Malone Meurt written in 1951 ten years before this book 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 But dying itself is kind of absurd when you think about it 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 dying had uickened his livingness As to the title I wondered if it meant that when you know you have only a limited amount of time to live as Malone does you might prefer clocks without hands I expect Carson McCullers must have thought than most about dying having been ill all her life She died a few years after she finished this novel which was her lastIn The Mortgaged Heart a collection of McCullers' writings I came across this poem called 'When we are lost' which mentions clocks When we are lost what image tells?Nothing resembles nothing Yet nothingIs not blank It is configured HellOf noticed clocks on winter afternoons malignant starsDemanding furniture All unrelatedAnd with air betweenThe terror Is it of Space of Time?Or the joined trickery of both conceptions?To the lost transfixed among self inflicted ruinsAll that is non air if this indeed is not deceptionIs agony immobilized While TimeThe endless idiot runs screaming across the world


  6. says:

    At first I thought the book was just about a pharmacist Malone dying of leukemia He didn’t really understand or accept the diagnosis and kept consulting new doctors only to receive the same verdictThough the book is indeed about Malone and his situation it also has an even deeper themeCarson lived in the Southern USA in the first half of the 20th Century and she was very aware of the disparity in the treatment and situation of blacks and whites and the injustice of thisOne 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 His wife Miss Missy has recently died and his son Johnny is also dead his grandson Jester lives with himThe Judge takes on a black houseboy who acts as his “amanuensis” he writes letters for the Judge; he is an orphan with remarkable blue eyes and is called Sherman PewSherman is intent on solving the mystery of his parentage; the Judge is involved in it and reveals that he is responsible for the boy being an orphanJester has special feelings for Sherman but doesn’t dare express themThe Judge believes that civilization was founded on slavery which offends Sherman’s sensibilitiesThe main theme of the book thus turns out to be the relationship between blacks and whites and their ineuality Though the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution had guaranteed the blacks the right to vote no black Sherman had known or heard tell of had ever voted “Yes the American Constitution itself was a fraud”Finally the truth is revealed about the Judge Johnny and Sherman When Sherman betters his situation matters escalate and a dramatic and tragic incident occursI found the author’s prose magnificent and the portrayal of both the Judge Sherman and Malone in his predicament very convincing and realistic In fact Carson brilliantly conveys the whole noxious atmosphere of this Southern town noxious at least as regards interracial relationsTo my mind this is one of the author’s best works


  7. says:

    Carson McCullers never fails to impress me In this grim novel of the Southern Gothic tradition she examines the growing race tensions at the cusp of the civil rights movement inter generational gaps and relations and most importantly the theme of life vs death Sheer genius from the first line Death is always the same but each man dies in his own way Another aspect of McCullers' writing that I admire is her flawless shifting of points of view between characters Despite how flawed the characters may be you cannot help but sympathize with their motives and views through the lenses of their own logic Besides this the prose and imagery are incredibly vivid I wholeheartedly recommend this one


  8. says:

    If not beautiful than The Heart is a Lonely Hunter as good and even brave Gay miscegenation in the south in the 40s? No wonder it took 10 years to be published I'm surprised there wasn't controversy


  9. says:

    Still mulling Review to follow


  10. says:

    Small Southern town 1950's short story of 4 men The old judge clinging to the past his orphaned and confused grandson Jester a flamboyant black servant Sherman and the town pharmacist Malone who just found out his diagnosis of fatal leukemia has left him a clock with no hands or in other words a man who's counting down to the certain but unknown time of his death Not my favorite Mc Cullers but worthwhile reading that takes on a lot of tough subjects especially for that period racial injustice sexuality and last and not least mortality Time stops for no man 35 stars


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