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Writing about outcasts dreamers and misfits in the Deep South Carson McCullers was acclaimed for her sympathetic depictions of loneliness the need for un Wunderkind 4The Jockey 2Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland 4A Tree a Rock a Cloud 4

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Wunderkind

Derstanding and the search for love These four masterly stories of eccentrics failed prodigies injustice and hope written when she was in her twenties ex Four short stories Wunderkind The Jockey Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland and A Tree a Rock a Cloud An amazing collection of well crafted short stories about loneliness anger and hope I think we all know someone with the characteristics of Madame Zilensky who embellish their lives unknowingly with fantasy or exaggerations The last story about love lost and making sense of it was enthralling

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Plore the human condition with humour and pathos This book includes Wunderkind The Jockey Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland A Tree A Rock and A Clo this is the first time that i have read carson mccullers's work i loved her prose her prose is for the sad and lonely people her prose talks about the people who need love because they are alone for the lack of it in their livesbut this short story collection consists of her stories which are okay yes the materials are decent but her writing speaks very very differently her writing is so strong and intense that you feel immersed in it and some of the stories specially the last one are like that i want to read of her works but this was a nice start


10 thoughts on “Wunderkind

  1. says:

    It was difficult to read Wunderkind without thinking about growth and fixed mindset Frances the protagonist had always been described as a wunderkind At this point however she doubted her skills as did her teacher This doubt became a self fulfilling prophecy Why was it Heime had done so much better at the concert than she? At school sometimes when she was supposed to be watching someone do a geometry problem on the blackboard the uestion would twist knife like inside her She would worry about it in bed and even sometimes when she was supposed to be concentrating at the piano It wasn’t just the Bloch and her not being Jewish—not entirely It wasn’t that Heime didn’t have to go to school and had begun his training so early either p 65Carol Dweck would describe Frances as having a fixed mindset she sees herself as a wunderkind or not Frances perceived mistakes as indicative of problems in her abilities rather than as opportunities to learn from She saw admitting her insecurities as dangerous and threatening and going back to work on an early piece as her teacher asked her to do was particularly difficult‘Today I expect something from you Now this sonata—it’s the first Beethoven sonata you ever worked on Every note is under control—technically—you have nothing to cope with but the music Only music now That’s all you think about’ p 68It is difficult to be mindful and present only with the music when self doubting In Wunderkind McCullers does a lovely job describing this process of self doubting alienation and self absorption Of course this self doubting also alienates the readerWunderkind was McCullers' first published work and seems to be semi autobiographical According to the Library of America's introduction McCullers herself had been a prodigy on the piano and had expected a brilliant career as a concert pianist However when she became ill with rheumatic fever misdiagnosed as pneumonia she began to doubt her talent and endurance and appeared to attribute her physical problems to her talent or lack thereof rather than the illness When her skill waned due to her illness so did her faith in herself and she concluded that she was unsuited to a life as a concert pianistWhat if Frances'McCullers' teacher had focused on the process of learning rather than the skilled output an approach fostering a resilient growth mindset? Maybe McCullers would have continued as a pianist focusing on emotion or interpretation rather than finger dexterity as she recovered McCullers' loss is our gain but how many people become discouraged and give up rather than moving on? I read this story as part of the short story challenge for GR's Catching up on Classics and lots group


  2. says:

    I liked this little collection of Carson McCullers's stories for the most part but honestly I don't think this was a great place to start for me I enjoyed McCullers's writing style and her ideas for stories were very uniue and had a cast of interesting uirky characters but the plots for the most part I found a little dull I'm looking forward to getting into some of her novels though


  3. says:

    Wunderkind 4The Jockey 2Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland 4A Tree a Rock a Cloud 4


  4. says:

    A small high uality selection of short stories Loneliness is the recurring theme that all others are filtered through There is anger fear and love too amongst the effortlessly evoked southern settings 'Madame Zilensky and the King Of Finland' was the stand out for me and 'A Tree A Rock and A Cloud' aches beautifully


  5. says:

    Four short stories Wunderkind The Jockey Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland and A Tree a Rock a Cloud An amazing collection of well crafted short stories about loneliness anger and hope I think we all know someone with the characteristics of Madame Zilensky who embellish their lives unknowingly with fantasy or exaggerations The last story about love lost and making sense of it was enthralling


  6. says:

    I wish this was longer this has me on the verge of tears What amazing writing


  7. says:

    this is the first time that i have read carson mccullers's work i loved her prose her prose is for the sad and lonely people her prose talks about the people who need love because they are alone for the lack of it in their livesbut this short story collection consists of her stories which are okay yes the materials are decent but her writing speaks very very differently her writing is so strong and intense that you feel immersed in it and some of the stories specially the last one are like that i want to read of her works but this was a nice start


  8. says:

    Peopled by an assortment of harried lost ethereal and absorbed characters a cast of musicians jockeys drunks and children McCullers four short stories in this collection are at once thoughtful as they are neat and bittersweet The stories exhort the reader to feel the human breadth that exists in the parochial and even the smallest of towns and act as a healthy reminder that wonder exists in every nook and cranny if only we care to look with the right and sympathetic eyes


  9. says:

    Powerful use of language Vivid heart warmingfreezing descriptions Delightful


  10. says:

    I like the writing The stories couldn't hold my attention though


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