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Book Title: Bailey's Café|
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The size of the: 11.42 MB
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The author of the book: Gloria Naylor
Edition: Editions Gallimard
Date of issue: 1994
ISBN 13: 9782070731398
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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An artistic, intricately woven band of characters well spoken, alive and jumping off of each page.
This is an outstanding book. Ms Naylor's art for storytelling is remarkable. As soon as I started reading I was engrossed from the first page. I technically do not know why I haven't read more of her books and actually want to kick myself for not reading more of her sooner. Gloria Naylor has this writing style that's really vocal. It's as if she's not an author telling you these phenomenal stories, it's the very characters themselves who extend themselves through time, page and reality to stand before you and share the history of their lives. And these folks had ruff, real, tough, struggling, hard lives. Lives that land them in a cafe at the edge of the world. Bailey's Cafe.
Bailey's Cafe is not said to exist on "skid row" per se but I want to say it is. It's the common focal point for the whole novel. It's the place where everyone you will meet visits and this is where they tell their stories. Technically this is a book of short stories but you may never know it. I like that. The stories are so inner connected. They all work together so well for the good of the whole novel. There is a narrator of sorts who guides us through the introductions of the patrons of Bailey's Cafe. Everyone is from somewhere and has some personal event that has brought them to this place. I wouldn't say it's a place of healing but a place where they can feel free to be themselves whatever that interpretation may be. It's very entertaining meeting all these people and learning of what brought them to this place so far from home. Each story is different in the telling, the voice and even in the style. Sometimes Ms Naylor becomes very poetic or even symbolistic. Sometimes, the writing is philosophical, sometimes lyrical and sometimes just plain good story told right. This book has it all. Stirrings of the heart, sympathy, disappointment, anger, resignation and a lot of humor.
I'm giving this a 5 1/2 stars. Really good stuff. I've added several of her other books to my list and look forward to reading them. I definitely recommend this to those that like stories with interesting characters. You won't find a storybook happy ending. It's ok to not always have this. What you will find is that you will meet a cast of characters that you won't soon forget.
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Read information about the authorGloria Naylor was an African-American novelist whose most popular work, The Women of Brewster Place, was made into a 1984 film starring Oprah Winfrey.
Naylor won the National Book Award for first fiction in 1983 for The Women of Brewster Place. Her subsequent novels included Linden Hills, Mama Day and Bailey's Cafe. In addition to her novels, Naylor wrote essays and screenplays, as well as the stage adaptation of Bailey's Cafe. Naylor also founded One Way Productions, an independent film company, and was involved in a literacy program in the Bronx.
A native New Yorker, Gloria Naylor was a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale University. She was distinguished with numerous honors, including Scholar-in-Residence, the University of Pennsylvania; Senior Fellow, The Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; the President's Medal, Brooklyn College; and Visiting Professor, University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Naylor was the recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for her novels and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for screenwriting.
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