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eBook The Member of the Wedding (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) ePub

  • ISBN: 0140181334
  • Category: Classics
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD
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Onath Onath
This is a beautifully written book. In it the author paints pictures with words. It is a sad story set in the American South during the War. It is a coming of age tale, one that also deals with incredible loneliness, war, racial issues, attempted rape, boredom and anxiety among other things. As I've said I found the descriptive passages to be gorgeous. My only problem with the book was that as an urban New Yorker I found the rhythm of the dialogue a bit difficult to get into, but as I read it, I became used to it. Now I find myself thinking in this manner. I recommend this book to most readers, especially those who enjoy historical fiction. Although it is written in the voice of a 12 year old, I would not suggest this novel for young readers.
Groll Groll
The pure magic that McCullers creates with the written word makes this worth 4 stars right off the get go. She gives us the character of Frankie or F. Jasmine who is so ready to leave 12 years behind and move forward that she is a bundle of nerves and dreams. She doesn't feel like she fits in her skin any more and is so anxious to shed it and find out who she is suppose to be. That terrible angst of adolescence, the feeling that you are suppose to be doing something else, while not quite sure you want to leave what is safe but knowing for certain that there is more for you in life. This is a true tale of one's coming of age. Standing right on the edge, knowing that once you step over you are never quite so carefree and innocent....but you so want to step into the grown up side. A time of excitement, fear and woe all mixed together.

Frankie is determined to travel the world with her brother and his soon to be bride. She is ready to leave all that she knows behind and seek adventure. She feels stifled in a small town where she doesn't fit in, isn't a member of the club and her best friends are the very wise, black housekeeper Berneice and her 6 year old cousin John Henry. She laments her fate day after day as she awaits the big wedding day, but the closer it gets the more she seems to reminisce and feels a little sad about moving on. Her dreams are big but so far her world is small even though it is safe.

McCullers took me into that old southern house, right up to the kitchen table eating Hoppin John, playing bridge with sticky stained cards while the flies buzzed in the thick and humid air. I could feel Frankie just bubbling over to tell anyone who would listen that she was going to leave this little town behind. I could hear the regret in Berneice's voice as she told her stories, I could feel John Henry's childish wonder at everything around him.

The changes coming to the South ran parallel to Frankies growing up. The world was at war, Civil Rights were just around the corner and the country would never be the same again. You could feel the changes that were coming, they just hung heavy in the air....for Frankie and the South that she knew so well. Such a simple story, taking place over only a few days, but so well crafted the impression it leaves will last through time.
Oppebro Oppebro
This is a story of 12 year old Frances who lives in the south during WW11, She becomes infatuated with the idea of her older brothers wedding and much angst ensues. Her widowed father is a shadowy figure and the non nonsense black maid Bernice, tries to comfort and advise the girl. The story drags in the middle as Frances' longings and Bernice's many marriages are recounted over and over. Yet it is still a solid story with much pathos.
Anarius Anarius
From which the film, "The Member of the Wedding" was taken. Life during second world war seen through the eyes of a frustrated frightened, lonely young motherless girl running headlong into puberty. Longing to fit in and surrounded by an absent, hard-working father, a loving black housekeeper and a much younger cousin next door and no more. She longs to see the world, get out, away and finally sees her chance in becoming a member of the marriage party when her brother marries and heads off on a quick honeymoon before heading back to base. Can she sneak out of the house with packed bag and go with them to see the world? Will life ever be different? And what if two very life-changing things happen to her little world? Will she survive? McCullers, whose own life was so sad, penned it perfectly.
Andromathris Andromathris
This story defies many of the rules of writing. There is one tension point in the story: what will happen when Frankie tries to go live with her brother and his new bride. In the writing between the introduction to this crazy notion and the resolution almost at the end we get too be in the mind of a 12 year old girl who struggles with many of the things pre-pubescent teens deal with. It is this journey, and the interplay between Berenice, the maid, Frankie and Frankie's cousin, John Henry, that is the book. Carson McCullers writes in a quirky style that constantly wrenches you awake as she uses an adjective to describe something that doesn't seem to fit at the same time letting you feel the sweltering heat and dusty streets of a small Southern town. This book was published in 1946, before the time of the civil rights movement and it is interesting, and maybe disturbing to some, that the way Frankie treats Berenice at one moment is like a confidant and the next as an arrogant mistress.
This is a good read. Some might bemoan the lack of action. There are no axe murders, gory descriptions or car chases. If that's what you want look elsewhere.
Porgisk Porgisk
This is nearly stream of consciousness in the mind of a twelve year old girl raised in the South. What makes this story so special is the author's ability to get into that mind and relate the improbable wandering thoughts of that young girl, almost grown and yet so childish. Other themes are Southern culture and race relations. The girl/child has been raised by a black maid with whom she has a very special and loving relationship. But at times you know that she doesn't consider this woman worthy of due respect.

By the time Frankie is thirteen and no longer a child, it is revealed that she is still more child than woman. She continues the self centered immaturity that is excused in her younger self, but is disappointing to the reader and to the one person who cared about her more than any other person.