Reflections in a Golden Eye

  • by Carson McCullers
  • Narrated by Christopher Kipiniak
  • 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set on a Southern army base in the 1930s, Reflections in a Golden Eye 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 arty melodrama. 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.

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What the Critics Say

“The greatest prose writer that the South produced” (Tennessee Williams)
"Again [McCullers] shows a sort of subterranean and ageless instinct for probing the hidden in men’s hearts and minds.” (The New York Herald-Tribune)
"The novel is a masterpiece . . . as mature and finished as Henry James's The Turn of the Screw." (Time Magazine)

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Customer Reviews

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It might have been shocking in its day

Would you try another book from Carson McCullers and/or Christopher Kipiniak?

McCullers' Jihad such an excellent reputation. I remember reading and not understanding Ballad of Sad Cafe in tenth grade. This was my attempt at refamiliarizing myself with her


What was most disappointing about Carson McCullers’s story?

Just ponderous. Stereotype laden. People who cannot make decisions for themselves but are stuck in their lives. A bit like wading in a swamp


Was Reflections in a Golden Eye worth the listening time?

I'd recently read an article about McCullers time in NYC and how this book came out of her life in an artist community there. My interest was piqued. Fortunately it was a short book, because it rolled along like something inevitable


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- Jordan

Southern Gothic

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narration was a distraction, not a help to the story.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Fake southern accents. Shifting accents made it hard to distinguish the 5 major characters.


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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios