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.


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)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Carson McCullers was one of the southern masters. She learned from the rich, ornate prose of Thomas Wolfe, the razor sharp accuracy and poetics of Capote, and the bitter irony of Flannery O'Connor. With writing to rival that of her masterpiece, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Reflections In A Golden Eye comes forward as a classic southern novella. Potentially scandalous for its time, Golden Eye maintains a steady, objective dignity that allows one to see beyond the sexual entanglements and the violence to the depths of the human condition. The ability to show us ourselves, even in our most extreme moments of good and evil, was McCullers wonderful gift.
Read full review

- Douglas "College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey."

One of my new favorites

If you could sum up Reflections in a Golden Eye in three words, what would they be?

Who killed whom?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not a single character in this book is likable in any way. They are all petty and self centered. If I had to pick one least unlikable character I guess it would be the Major's wife and Anakleto.

Which scene was your favorite?

The way the captain is both deeply frightened and completely exhilarated by the wild horse ride, and the way he later reacts to that exhilaration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

That never happens to me. I usually listen as I walk or ride bike.

Any additional comments?

This is an excellent book structurally. I won't reveal what I think to be the beauty of what this writer does in the construction of this plot, but it worked fantastically I thought. Hint: the first paragraph (so I'm not giving anything away) says that a murder happened that involved six characters, one of which is a horse.

Read full review

- Thomas Jay Rush

Book Details

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