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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 June 24, 2005

    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 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.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2005

    Great coming of age story

    This book is a great coming of age story centered around a tomboy named Frankie Addams. In her attempts to find her place in the adult world, Frankie searches for ways to grow up, changing her childish name to F. Jasmine and then Frances. The entire novel takes place within two days in August, and Frankie feels acutley aware of this turning part in her life- saying she can divide her existence into three parts: the past, the immediate present, and the future with her brother and his bride- when she is a member of the wedding. She hungers so desperately to become a member of the wedding because she is experiencing a sense of being alone and disconnected from others. She is at a turning point in her life, and will mature greatly by the end of the novel. This story takes on lofty themes including invisible divisions between people, that affect both Frankie and her caretaker Bernice, an African American over 40 year old woman who envisions a world without race. This novel is a good read for those who can look past the simple events and plot to uncover the substantive thematic implications of Frankie's story. Set in the 1940's, Carson McCuller's story The Member of the Wedding is still relevant today.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Surprisingly excellent book, if you look deep enough into it

    It is a great book illustrating the awkwardness and weirdness associated from the transition from childhood to adolescent. Even though the character Frankie is a strange character, I feel I can relate to her. I think you'll most enjoy this book if you look below the surface of things. I loved the subtle symbolism/foreshadowings in it. A very interesting book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Shy

    :D •Shy•

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Ace is back baby

    Whoo sees the vatars of the pack motionless there gibe nnooooooooooooo

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Me-guy

    I was in this pack. I cant remember the name I used, but I was almost deputy.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Flame

    We are the strangth of the pack and will usaly scout taratorry and patrol our borders

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Death

    I'm so bored.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Sage

    LUNA! I need you. I'm looking for Loki. My brother....he's giving up without her. My name is Sage. Help! ~Sage

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2013

    Thunder

    Moon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    I am here

    - Buck

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Silver

    (Oh. I haven't seen him.)

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    Posted October 22, 2013

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    I am batmanbhgggjh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Gorge ate me out -jasmine p.

    It was so good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    I think you read it. Lol. MICHAELA MORGAN?

    Did you.

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