The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories

The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories

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This collection assembles Carson McCullers' best stories, including her study of love and longing "The Ballad of the Sad Café." A haunting tale of a human triangle that culminates in an astonishing brawl, the novella introduces readers to Miss Amelia, a formidable southern woman whose café serves as the town's gathering place. Among other works, the collection also includes "Wunderkind," McCullers' 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005, c1951
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618565863
Branch Call Number: SS
PS3525.A1772 A6 2005
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 20 cm


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Oct 10, 2018

Having loved McCuller's The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, I was drawn to her other work. This book is a collection of short stories and a novella. Of the short stories, "Wunderkid" gets my vote for the stand-out. The titular novella is quite bizarre, about the pain and absurdity of love. I enjoyed it, especially the dark humor.

Mar 23, 2018

This is an excellent book highlighting Ms. McCullers mastery of the short story format. I liked the Ballad of the Sad Cafe', full of the southern style of humor often shown in longer tales and insights into small town mores. However I need to think more about and read further about these characters to better understand the meaning of the beloved dwarf the seems to hold sway over the main two characters.

However, the final three stories in this collection were truly outstanding and are what pushed me from a 4 star to a 5 star rating. These stories are not set in the south but in NYC where she went to school and lived much of her life. They show her complete mastery of the short story format.

It inspires me to go back and read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter again in my seniority of life when I may find I a better understanding of the book and may find insights i missed when reading it 30 to 40 years ago

Jun 13, 2016

He has a beautiful writing style and can evoke emotions in a way which surprised me. I found this copy sitting in a shelter, it stayed on my shelf for a year and a half and I just took it because it fit in my pocket. It was a lovely surprise


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