Saint Mazie

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 06-20-15

A Rough Gritty Story Of A Hard Life

The character Mazie is based on a real woman from a New Yorker essay--part of the collection--Up in The Old Hotel. At first--when I started listening I wanted to find and read the essay--but then I changed my mind. I decided that if the fiction was this dark and gritty the essay about the real bums and troubled people of the Bowery might just be too much to stand.

The narration and set up of the book takes time to understand. Lots of diary entries and dates, different voices and time frames jump around. After a while it makes sense--but it takes about an hour or two of listening before this happened.

Be aware, the summary is misleading. This is not a flapper, roaring 20's, spunky good time story. Instead, the focus is on poverty, gambling, criminals, domestic abuse, infidelity, heavy drinking, drugs, and people who live on the edge or who have just given up on life. This, at times, is balanced out by depictions of families and individuals that care for, help and support others.

Quite the cast of unusual engaging characters troop past on the streets of the Bowery in NYC in the first half of the 1900's. To me, it is difficult listening--a heart breaking, disturbing, and sad story. Recommended only if you are interested in a visit to a completely different world. In the end, I'm glad I listened to this tale of an unlikely "saint".

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4 out of 5 stars
By Diane M. Schiff on 08-07-15

Good character study

moves slowly but is rich in details of the time period. worthwhile and real.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Judy King on 03-02-16

I'm Missing Mazie

It's been 10 days since I finished listening to this book, and I think of my friend Maizie at odd moments in the I wait for my coffee to finish brewing, as I fold the dryer load of warm towels, as I plunge my hands into the dishwater, I wonder where she is and how she is doing and if she is happy and content. In my mind she has continued beyond the confines of the book and tape and lives on from the 1930s and 40s right past my birth year and clear up until now, today, when in truth she must be 120 but in typical Maizie fashion she remains a clear and foxy 20-something selling movie tickets, looking after the men on the streets and ready for a night of dancing.

Drop by for coffee Maizie!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By jltho on 01-31-16

A little tedious

The narrator does a very credible job of reading this somewhat tedious story. She reads each character in their own voice. It's hard though to find anyone in that story that is very like able. Maizie, vibrant and adventurous in her youth gives up on her life at 20 and spends the rest of it in a ticket booth. Depressing stuff.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 01-02-18

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I just Could not get interested...only read 2 chapters . The narrator was very good though.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria Larson on 12-27-16


Would you listen to Saint Mazie again? Why?

I may have to listen to this one again some day!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Saint Mazie?

There are many enjoyable moments but many unexpected moments too ~

What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

The narrator was excellent - she has a very smooth voice and I enjoyed her performance very much!

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

The story was gripping and I had a hard time putting the headphones down!

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