Wednesday, October 02, 2013

"He sees America as a crazy house..."

"But say a man does know. He sees the world as it is and he looks back thousands of years to see how it all come about. He watches the slow agglutination of capital and power and he sees its pinnacle today. He sees America as a crazy house... He sees a whole damn army of unemployed and billions of dollars and thousands of miles of land wasted... He sees how when people suffer just so much they get mean and ugly and something dies in them. But the main thing he sees is that the whole system of the world is built on a lie. And although it's as plain as the shining sun—the don't-knows have lived with that lie so long they just can't see it."

-- Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940)


Jim said...

One of my favorite novels, with a movie adaptation that has much to admire.

David Appell said...

I liked the book so much I am afraid to see the movie, since it will overwrite the images I acquired from reading the book. (I get that way with really good books.)