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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
     

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe

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by Carson McCullers
 

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A classic work that has charmed generations, this collection assembles Carson McCullers’s best stories, including her beloved novella “The Ballad of the Sad Café.” A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces listeners to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose café serves

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A classic work that has charmed generations, this collection assembles Carson McCullers’s best stories, including her beloved novella “The Ballad of the Sad Café.” A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces listeners to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose café serves as the town’s gathering place. Among other fine works, the collection also includes “Wunderkind,” McCullers’s first published story written when she was only seventeen about a musical prodigy who suddenly realizes she will not go on to become a great pianist. The Ballad of the Sad Café is a brilliant study of love and longing from one of the South’s finest writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781491528853
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Only 23 when she wrote her extraordinary debut novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers (1917-1967) was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. With her distinct Southern-Gothic writing style and a penchant for writing about misfits and loners, McCullers’s contributions to American literature are monumental in scope.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 19, 1917
Date of Death:
November 29, 1967
Place of Birth:
Columbus, Georgia
Place of Death:
Nyack, New York
Education:
Columbia University and New York University, 1935

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Ballad of the Sad Cafe 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McCullers was an extraordinary writer. There is some truly beautiful work in here, lush and poetic . Philistines will see no merit, but even references to daily life in that region and era are of interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was somewhat dreary and depressing, and hard to get through at places, but I thought the story was very interesting. Recomended if you like her style of writing.
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discerningreader More than 1 year ago
Miss Amelia is a masculine acting weatlhy loner in a small town who knows only how to use people for a profit. until she falls for an unappealing stranger who comes to town and claims kinship. The deformed cousin Lymon, who is about two feet shorter than her (Huh?-) coughs, is scared of the night, chatters, stirs up quarrels and seems to develop an arrogant air of entitlement. Miss Amelia's love transforms her from her recluse stingy ways and she opens a Café at her General Store and years pass as she loves and favors Lymon. Told in flashback, we then see how Miss Amelia herself was the object of love, several years ago, by a Marvin Macy who himself had reformed his nefarious ways when he inexplicably falls for her. After only a ten day marriage, during which Miss Amelia refuses a normal marital physical relationship and kicks Macy out, Macy returns to crime. The story shifts back to the present and we see how Macy returns to the town with a vindictive attitude. Cousin Lymon develops obsessive love (What? Macy is insulting to Lymon!) Contemptuous onlookers in the small southern town enjoy gossip about the past/ present miseries. With their voices readers see how the "beloveds" exploit those who love. Miss Amelia and Macy have a fist fight and Lymon interferes so Macy can live. Then we flip to a sene about a chain gang of prisoners who work and sing cooperatively together. Wow! I get it, there is no requited love in this world, except for brotherly love and harmony and only when people are bound together in chains and have no choice. Clearly author Carson McCullers really was a mixed up sort of gal. It is no surprise to read her personal history. If this is an example of the best of any genre, mankind is as troubled as the author apparently was. Why do school districts require this as reading? The constant references to Cousin Lymon's unfortunate deformity were unnecessary and insulting, since that same deformity is present in my own family history, but more importantly, it did not illustrate any great thoughts about anything. Perhaps this book fulfills a need to get reluctant students to write vividly about something. The "Ballad of Sad Café" a "classic", and movies and plays have been made about this grim story. The flawed exaggerated characters don't garner lasting interest and the plot is hugely implausible. Perhaps the book could evoke discussions of gender reversals in doomed multi-sexual love triangles. (a narrow draw!) 73 pages should go quickly, right? Not so. Read this story only if you must.