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Bailey's Café | [Gloria Naylor]

Bailey's Café

Welcome to Bailey's Café, the most mythically real diner you've ever walked into. Presided over by Bailey and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that draws a wide variety of the "colored" people of 1948, each with a story to tell.
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Welcome to Bailey's Café, the most mythically real diner you've ever walked into. Presided over by Bailey and his helpmate, Nadine, it is a magnet that draws a wide variety of the "colored" people of 1948, each with a story to tell. Bailey tells us about his love for his strong, quiet wife, and shares his haunting memories of World War II.

Then, one by one, we hear from the café's regulars. There is Sadie, whose addiction to alcohol is second only to her mania for cleanliness; the oddly maternal Eve, whose bordello accepts only fresh flowers as legal tender; Sweet Esther, who takes nothing but white roses for her particular favors; Peaches, whose badly mutilated face is a sharp contrast to her beautiful body; Jesse Bell, who cannot overcome her lust for heroin; Miss Maple (whose real name is Stanley); and Mariam, the Ethiopian child who may be the bearer of a miracle.

Gloria Naylor, author of Women of Brewster Place and Mama Day, has created perhaps her finest work in Bailey's Café. Her wonderful chorus of characters tell tales of woe and fortitude, prejudice and pride. Naylor has transformed the trials of these outcasts into timeless truths about the strengths of people everywhere.

©1993 Gloria Naylor (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Roxanne cincinnati, OH, USA 03-18-10
    Roxanne cincinnati, OH, USA 03-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Bailey's Cafe"

    This is a wonderfully told stories within a story that takes one on a journey through the turn of the century. I loved it --a very visual narrative. Each individual story as rich, sad,and deep as the one that came before. Ms. Naylor has captivated me just as she'd done with The Women of Brewster Place. This book was worth every penny spent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 11-20-13
    Anrica Dallas, TX, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    What would have made Bailey's Café better?

    I can't really say. Maybe I need to read the hardcopy because listening to it was a bit confusing for me and made the story hard to follow. I just didn't get much of what was going on and often found my self wondering how I got where I got in the story and who was being talked about.


    What was most disappointing about Gloria Naylor’s story?

    Not being able to follow along. I stopped at, who I'm assuming, was the Jewish girl in the story. It just didn't make sense to me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    I would listen to one narrated by Augustus Williamson, yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bailey's Café?

    The Jewish girl's "No man has ever touched me..." Made absolutely no sense to me. I guess I could have finished listening to find out what that really was about but between the sudden switching to talking about some tribal ritual to present day to not so present day had my head spinning so, I didn't care who touhed her at that point. Then I realized I didn't care what happened to any of the characteres.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm feeling very shallow right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sagashus MADISON, WI, United States 12-10-12
    Sagashus MADISON, WI, United States 12-10-12
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    "Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe...Wow!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bailey's Café the most enjoyable?

    Gloria Naylor wrote an amazing book. She captured the nuances of people's struggles and turned them into art. This book is well written, emotionally intelligent and complex. It's smart and beautiful. It has added to my life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE STORY!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like that the book had multiple narrators. It made it easy to follow.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celeste Evansville, IN, USA 04-15-10
    Celeste Evansville, IN, USA 04-15-10
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    "Pure Poetry"

    Gloria Naylor writes prose with the cadence of the Blues. She introduces characters that we prefer to overlook on the street, and allows the reader a glimpse into who they are deep inside.

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    L. Calhoun 03-03-10
    L. Calhoun 03-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "confusing"

    This book was all over the place. It was hard to understand what was going on. I feel I wasted my money. Save your money, it's not worth it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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