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The Member of the Wedding

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Amazing

How many 24-year-olds could write a novel like this today? Having read 'February House,' an account of the year 1940 in which McCullers moved into a house in Brooklyn with W. H. Auden, Paul and Jane Bowles, Gypsy Rose Lee and other famous artists of the time, my book ...
How many 24-year-olds could write a novel like this today? Having read 'February House,' an account of the year 1940 in which McCullers moved into a house in Brooklyn with W. H. Auden, Paul and Jane Bowles, Gypsy Rose Lee and other famous artists of the time, my book club decided to read everything that had been written in the house during that year. Carson's work was perhaps the most astonishing. Nervous as she was about following up on the great success of her debut novel, 'The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,' she dived right into this very different story of a young girl coming of age in Georgia and yearning to meld her own identity with that of her grown brother and his fiancee as they married. Her novel was influenced by the poet Auden's lectures on literature every night, by the stories she overheard her housemates telling, and by her own desire to surpass the unexpected triumph of her first novel. McCullers is a true treasure of American literary history, neglected until recently. Even if this book isn't your favorite of all she wrote, it's certainly worth reading, not only as a work of art but as an example of a young writer challenging herself to the limit of her abilities. Highly recommended.

posted by Anonymous on June 24, 2005

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

it's okay

This book is about a girl named Franie. One day Frankie finds out that her brother is getting married. Her brother, Jarvis, is in service. He is stationed in Alaska. Frankie has always wanted to go to Alaska. She gets an idea that when she goes to the wedding she is goi...
This book is about a girl named Franie. One day Frankie finds out that her brother is getting married. Her brother, Jarvis, is in service. He is stationed in Alaska. Frankie has always wanted to go to Alaska. She gets an idea that when she goes to the wedding she is going to go on the honeymoon with her brother and his wife. Frankie does not like where she lives because she is always bored and lonely. Her only friends are her maid, Berenice, and her coursin, John Henry. Shes tall and feels like shes a freak. All Frankie does is stay in the kitchen with John Henry and Berenice. She then decides that she wants her name to be Jasmine because her brother and his fiance's names both begin with j's. So her new name is F. Jasmine. The day before the wedding she goes out into town and looking for people to tell her plan of leaving to. She then meets a soldier and they go out for drinks. He then asks her on another date. She goes to see Big Mama and asks for her fortune which is that she will attend a wedding, that there will be a journey, and that there will be a return. On their second date the soldier buys her drinks and then asks her if she'll go ot his hotel room. She goes and he trys to kiss her but instead she bites his tounge and hits him in the head with a pitcher. She then wonders if she killed him but she decideds to leave. F. Jasmine changes her name to Frances. The day of the wedding her brother and his wife leave without her. Big Mama's fortune was right. She goes home and then trys to run away. Frances got caught by the police and she got picked up by her dad. She meets a new friend named Mary Littlejohn and they both have the dream dream, traveling the world. John Henry died of meningitis after having it for ten days. Frances recieves a letter from her brother saying that he is in Luxembourg.

posted by joelle_marie on May 21, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2005

    High School Student

    What else is there to say? A young teenage girl going through a time in her life where she questions her very own existance to why she is there. Death wasn't even an answer. One thing was for sure, John Henry will no longer be there for Frankie.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Luna

    Beta is Silver because she found me and brought me back and delta is moon.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Moon

    :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    WHY IS EVERYONE GOIN GAY?

    Everyone in my school is goin gay! What the hell? Helpp me!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2001

    Mature for young adults my age, This is for you.

    This book is a very good book for both genders of my age. Since the girl in this book is going though what all of us have or are going to you really fell like you know the girl, and you know how she feels. I reccomend this book for all ages especially children 11-13. Happy Reading!!!

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    Posted March 22, 2014

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