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The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories by Carson McCullers
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Nov 08, 2011

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the first story is the only one worth reading. it seems like she had a bundle of stories about sort of sad lonely people and decided to corral them together into a collection except after the first story the others can hardly compare. the ballad of the sad cafe is pretty good, it reminds me of truman capote's the grass harp. plus it has a midget/hunchback and midgets/hunchbacks always liven a story. the ending was super duper sad though and me being the person i am i liked it better than a happy ending. mccullers is exceptional at portraying the outsiders of society. in the heart is a lonely hunter she wrote about two deaf friends living together in a small southern town and the sadness that ensued when one of them was taken away to an asylum. that story sort of hinted that they were gay but maybe they weren't. this story also sort of hints that cousin lymon is gay and that's why he leaves miss amelia to run off with marvin macy. either way i love carson mccullers she reminds me cormac mccarthy and flannery o'connor and william faulkner. there's something that's heightened by putting strange people into small southern towns and seeing the ripple they make.

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