Review: Carson McCullers’ “The Ballad of the Sad Café”
A collection of short stories and the title novella, which was simply excellent. The Ballad tells of rugged Miss Amelia, her love for the hunch-backed Cousin Lymon, and how her no-good husband Marvin Macy returns from the penitentiary and steals the Cousin’s love away. Sparse and powerful, the novella is a small epic. The other stories are also commendable, if unremarkable. Happy to read McCullers again, looking forward to more.
Where it came from: Opshop
Time and manner of reading: Well-suckered-in gallery and book-ended bed reads
Where it went: MOD
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to: Most fiction lovers
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Delaunay by Hajo Duchting