Reflections in A Golden Eye

Reflections in A Golden Eye

Book - 1941
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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 artymelodrama. 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1941
ISBN: 9780618084753
Characteristics: 85 p. ; 21 cm


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Dec 03, 2013

McCullers didn't have a long career, but her four major novels ensure her place in American Lit. This, her second novel, is a slim volume about twisted relationships on an army base. It was made into a film with Marlon Brando and Liz Taylor. "Reflections in a Golden Eye is one of the purest and most powerful of those works which are conceived in that Sense of The Awful which is the desperate black root of nearly all significant modern art, from the Guernica of Picasso to the cartoons of Charles Addams."-Tennessee Williams


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