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The Member of the Wedding By Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding The novel that became an award winning play and a major motion picture and that has charmed generations of readers Carson McCullers s classic The Member of the Wedding is now available in small forma

  • Title: The Member of the Wedding
  • Author: Carson McCullers
  • ISBN: 9780618492398
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Member of the Wedding By Carson McCullers The novel that became an award winning play and a major motion picture and that has charmed generations of readers, Carson McCullers s classic The Member of the Wedding is now available in small format trade paperback for the first time Here is the story of the inimitable twelve year old Frankie, who is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her olderThe novel that became an award winning play and a major motion picture and that has charmed generations of readers, Carson McCullers s classic The Member of the Wedding is now available in small format trade paperback for the first time Here is the story of the inimitable twelve year old Frankie, who is utterly, hopelessly bored with life until she hears about her older brother s wedding Bolstered by lively conversations with her house servant, Berenice, and her six year old male cousin not to mention her own unbridled imagination Frankie takes on an overly active role in the wedding, hoping even to go, uninvited, on the honeymoon, so deep is her desire to be the member of something larger, accepting than herself A marvelous study of the agony of adolescence Detroit Free Press , The Member of the Wedding showcases Carson McCullers at her most sensitive, astute, and lasting best.
    The Member of the Wedding By Carson McCullers

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    1. Brina on said:

      As my reading tastes expand, I attempt to read books by women authors from across the globe, both contemporary and classic My reading journey until now had never included the work of Carson McCullers, even though my mother has been urging me to read her books for years When a few friends from the reading for pleasure group said that they were doing a buddy read of McCullers Member of a Wedding, I was pushed to join them While not as highly regarded as her definitive work The Heart is a Lonely Hu [...]

    2. Elyse on said:

      Audiobookrrated by Susan SarandonListening to Susan Sarandon was as delicious a cuppa warm hot cocoa with baby marshmallows her voice was comforting soothing cozy The Heart is The Lonely Hunter is one of my favorite books and movie It was wonderful to enjoy Carson McCullers writing again.This is a beautiful and sad story told through the eyes of a 12 year old girl who doesn t feel as if she fits right in her own skin She wishes to belong to a couple after their wedding Frankie is a vulnerable in [...]

    3. Mariel on said:

      Carson McCuller s The Member of the Wedding is my unrequited love story in my stable of hos those lyrically intimate classical works I ve read that stayed with me because they were confiders of sorts, someones I could go to and find some sort of explanation inside, a relating that was than good enough of itself And I get my belt when they don t put out for me I don t wanna say cathartic because this book isn t like that It s often uncomfortably painful in the don t wanna be reminded of that was [...]

    4. Mary on said:

      She was afraid of these things that made her suddenly wonder who she was, and what she was going to be in the world, and why she was standing at that minute, seeing a light, or listening, or staring up into the sky alone.I read a lot about loneliness Overwhelmingly, the books that I gravitate towards seem to have at least some thread of loneliness But thisis didn t just deal with loneliness, this was trying to explain absolute aloneness That completely exposed and silent and almost panicked feel [...]

    5. Sue on said:

      Have you ever picked up a book you are certain you have read before and found that nothing feels familiar on reading it again Of course the first time I read it was for a college course in 1967 so there may be a valid reason aside from lost brain cellsmple time or perhaps short cuts for class But when I reached almost the very end of the book, one plot point did seem familiar and now my doubts about truly having read it are gone.As for the book itself, Frankie F Jasmine Frances is a wonderful cr [...]

    6. Aubrey on said:

      I d imagine the word universal gets thrown around a lot in regards to this work The temptation of it is exactly why I am excising it from my vocabulary, for even the small amount of literature I ve read in the culverts of unacknowledged canon were enough to show the lie of the word I find an immense amount of resonance in this work, resonance structured on a foundation of tokenism, sentimentality, and other measures of self willed isolation commonly shared with other white people works of univer [...]

    7. Zanna on said:

      Frankie is a white girl who lives in a small Southern town and dreams of Alaska She is twelve years old and in the throes of unbelonging Her father has told her she s too old to sleep in his bed, her age mates have formed groups that don t include her, and her only day to day company is her six year old cousin John Henry and middle aged Berenice who keeps house Her much older brother visits home with his fiancee and then goes away again to complete the wedding preparations Frankie, who will atte [...]

    8. Chrissie on said:

      Yes, a gem Why I found it amazing and thus worth five stars is explained below in the partial review.I will only add here a bit about the book s setting Georgia, 1944 45 You see the world through the eyes of 12 year old Frankie, or F Jasmine Addams SHE, not I, will explain to you why she appropriated this name Not only do you see the emotional turmoil of a preteen but you also get the racial tensions in the South and the tension created by the War We know it is 1944 from the simple line that Pat [...]

    9. Connie on said:

      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 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 t [...]

    10. Cecily on said:

      Lonely motherless tomboy confronting sudden adolescence, prompted by her older brother s wedding Some similarities with To Kill a Mocking Bird review show in terms of character, situation, location etc Very evocative re hot Southern summer etc.McCullers has a very consistent voice, and yet somehow her books are distinct from each other In particular, lyrical and literal musical aspects to much of her writing reflecting the fact she very nearly became a classical pianist.Why This Book Matters to [...]

    11. Diane on said:

      I was drawn to this story of 12 year old Frankie, who is restless and fearful and jealous of anyone who is happy, because she is such a jumble of adolescent angst This was the summer when Frankie was sick and tired of being Frankie She hated herself, and had become a loafer and a big no good who hung around the summer kitchen The war and the world were too fast and big and strange To think about the world for very long made her afraid She was not afraid of Germans or bombs or Japanese She was af [...]

    12. Barry Pierce on said:

      I ve finally jumped feet first into the succulent literary world of Carson McCullers and I ve found myself not drowning but floating lightly around observing the minuscule nuances of Southern life The Member of the Wedding is a subtle but loud novel It comes packaged with all the traits of Southern Gothic but it transcends and subverts the genre in such a way to dig itself out of its Faulknerian tragedy and into something that has been crafted by only the finest of word smiths The narrator Frank [...]

    13. Susan on said:

      Enjoyed WWII time period Berenice, the black housekeeper who is a storyteller and surrogate mother to the adolescent protagonist Descriptions of Southern food eaten in kitchen, where much of the action transpires The threesome of the adult female black housekeeper, the adolescent girl, and the six year old boy cousin, as a group brevity of bookWarmed up to Slow pace of book, which was difficult in the early part of the book Southern milieu which can be good or bad depends on the writer Neutral [...]

    14. Teresa Proença on said:

      A este quarto livro de Carson McCullers, que li, n o posso dar as cinco estrelas N o por falha na sua prosa, sempre maravilhosa n o por faltar algo s personagens tamb m n o ser pela estrutura da narrativa, que acho muito adequada hist ria Talvez seja apenas porque o enredo parco de acontecimentos, embora farto de significados e temo n o ter compreendido o que Carson tentou transmitirFrankie tem doze anos rf de m e que morreu quando ela nasceu e o pai tem a vida dele Uma grande parte do seu tempo [...]

    15. Melody on said:

      Carson McCullers was an author who used her writing to search for God and to explore her own questions about sexual identity In The Member of the Wedding her main character, who is called Frankie, turns 12 and begins to try to figure out how she is going to navigate her way around this big old lonely world Will she do it with a crew cut , wearing a Mexican hat and with rusty elbows , or will she seek adventure in exotic places with Esquimaux by train in silver slippers with her hair in curls goi [...]

    16. Melanie on said:

      Sad Cafe, Golden Eye, Lonely Hunter it is bold to say it, but this, could well be my favourite of all Twelve year old Frankie is Lonely Hunters Mick Kelly at a fever pitch She s like a tornado of pain, trying to tear her young self out What makes this novel brilliant though Frankie, Berenice and John Henry in that dingy kitchen, talking large over hoppingjohn, corn bread and ham from the knuckle Rolling eternal thoughts among them like dice and landing on crazy You have to read it to see how bea [...]

    17. Connie on said:

      Frankie is feeling lonely, and isolated in this coming of age story It happened that green and crazy summer when Frankie was twelve years old This was the summer when for a long time she had not been a member She belonged to no club and was a member of nothing in the world Frankie had become an unjoined person who hung around doorways, and she was afraid Her mother died when Frankie was born, her father is distant, and her best friend moved away Frankie wonders if she might turn into a freak bec [...]

    18. Greg on said:

      As a youngster, perhaps a few years younger than the 12 y 0 Frankie, the central character in Member of the Wedding , I was asked to be the ring bearer in a cousin s wedding I was terrified would I drop the ring but was I even carrying real ones , would I stumble while walking down the aisle And, worst of all, in the future would I have to do this also And with a woman I was terrified of being drafted, but that certainly seemed like a less frightful future at the time And when it was all over, I [...]

    19. Ruth Turner on said:

      I m really disappointed I thought I d love this, but I didn t even like it.The story dragged, it was boring and it irritated me I skimmed the last half just to get it over and done with.I didn t like any of the characters, not even Berenice I found Frankie obnoxious, and wanted nothing than to box her ears.Reading it was a chore

    20. Josh on said:

      I wish I was somebody else except me I ve seen several pictures of Carson McCullers smiling, but I can tell she was a sad, sad person Her characters tend to be this way lonely, sad, at their wit s end of life she writes about what she knows I favor this than The Heart is a Lonely Hunter , although I do respect it for it being her first novel.

    21. Diane Barnes on said:

      Frankie Addams is one of those rare fictional characters who has entered my soul and wedged her way into a little corner where she will remain forever The dialog in this small novel rings so true I can hear it still It is no small feat to get inside the head of a 12 year old girl and let us feel the fear and confusion on the cusp of entering into the strange world of adulthood We are also allowed into the head of Berenice, the black housekeeper who is Frankie s confidant and champion, and in a l [...]

    22. Allie Riley on said:

      Frankie Addams is 12 and feels like she doesn t fit in Physically she may have a point tall for her age she towers above her peers and this compounds the natural anxiety of adolescence She never knew her mother, her best friend has moved away even her precious cat has gone missing And now her brother is to be married and she is jealous The Member of the Wedding concerns Frankie s feelings about this impending wedding and how she deals with it when it does, in fact, go ahead We learn about much o [...]

    23. Rebecca on said:

      Such a vivid, cruel when necessary, and yet unhysterical account of a 12 5 6th year old girl She s filled with intense emotions that she doesn t have names for, eagerness, desperation This is a book that describes how it feels to be this person how it feels to be a smart girl somewhere in the mush between kid and adult, engaging in adult ideas but with a child s facility McCullers is brave, she doesn t shy away from the horror of being alive, and yet never loses her warmth.

    24. Edward on said:

      The Member of the Wedding is an authentic account of the desperate adolescent need to grow up and find a place to belong in the world McCullers writes about the frustrations of childhood with great clarity, and her prose is compassionate and sincere While I really enjoyed seeing the world through Frankie s eyes, I think this book would have resonated much , had I read it when I was younger.

    25. Ophelia.Desdemona on said:

      We all of us somehow caught We born this way or that way and we don t know why But we caught any how I was born Berenice You Born Franky John Henry born John Henry And maybe we wants to widen and bust free But no matter what we do we still caught Me is me and you is you and he is he We each one of us somehow caught all by ourself I m caught worse than you is Because I m Black, because I m colored The need, the sheer panic, to belong The atmosphere it conjurs is numbed and fevered The images of t [...]

    26. Mandy on said:

      Not really for me this one, I ve realised I don t really like being reminded how awkward and angsty it was to be 12 Didn t really go anywhere and ended abruptly.

    27. Book Concierge on said:

      Twelve year old Frankie Adams is bored with life and longing for adventure, for a sense of belonging to something bigger When her older brother comes home on leave from the Army, to marry his girlfriend Janice, she becomes obsessed with the wedding and what it may mean for her own future Carson McCullers has a way of writing her characters that draws the reader into their very souls Frankie s journey through this phase of adolescence is at once painfully distressing, funny and charming I was, in [...]

    28. Alejandro Orradre on said:

      La adolescencia como un bote a la deriva en un mar entre tierras que no llegamos a divisar As se podr a definir, de manera sui generis, el personaje de Frankie, protagonista principal de la novela de Carson McCullers Frankie y la boda Porque en realidad los temas que se tratan son esos, la sensaci n ap trida que la pubertad nos provoca muchas veces sin que sepamos ubicarnos muchas veces.Unos personajes definidos ayudan a acentuar ese car cter y esa deriva de Frankie, que por momentos es una ni a [...]

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