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The Member of the Wedding (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition
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Frankie has a wild imagination, deep feelings and a strong but dreamy intelligence. Her older brother is about to get married and she fixes upon the idea that he and his wife will take her with them on their honeymoon.
With faultless depth of understanding and insight, Carson McCullers allows her readers to see what it is like to be twelve years old, on the brink of being someone different, but unable to understand how such a thing can come about. Frankie doesn't understand how the world works, but Bernice who has been married three times, does, and she tries to impart what wisdom she can to the girl placed in her charge. Frankie is wilful, obstinate and heart-breakingly naïve and some of the situations she places herself in would give a modern parent palpitations.
This is quite a short novel, but entrancingly beautiful, with prose that haunts like poetry. It is a masterpiece, bringing a time, a place and a culture blazingly, brilliantly to life.
Personally, I thought the play was really funny, but sad at the same time. That's why I'm giving it a ten. It was a fast, entertaining read.
In Part 1, news that Frankie's older brother Jarvis is to marry provides Frankie with a new focus. After seeing Jarvis with his fiancée Janice, she decides to become a member of the wedding, and thinks: `They are the we of me.' She can think of little else other than her plan to be with them after the wedding: leaving the past behind.
It's the day before the wedding, and Part 2, begins with Frankie walking around town on her way to buy a new dress. She has adopted a new name: F. Jasmine Addams and meets a number of different people on her journey, including an organ grinder and his monkey, and a soldier who treats her as though she is older, and asks her to meet him later to go dancing. Frankie (or F. Jasmine) learns about Berenice's life, and later experiences fear when she meets up with the soldier.
On the day of the wedding, at the beginning of Part 3, Frankie is now Frances. The wedding takes place, events do not develop as Frankie (or Frances) wished, and she is humiliated. Frances decides to leave home.Read more ›
A book about growing up; a dawning awareness of the greater world, and of oneself as separate from -yet somehow linked to- the rest of humanity:
'this is what I mean', F.Jasmine said. 'You are walking down a street and you meet somebody. Anybody. And you look at each other. And you are you. And he is him. Yet when you look at each other, the eyes make a connexion. Then you go off one way. And he goes off another way. You go off into different parts of town, and maybe you never see each other again. Not in your whole life. Do you see what I mean?'
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Much of my childhood was spent urging to belong, or to escape to somewhere I could be a fixture of. Carson McCullers wonderfully depicts that youthful longing in Frankie, desperate... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Lizzie @ Sew Many Books
Set in the American south, Carson McCullers' 'The Member of the Wedding' focuses on twelve-year-old Frankie, an awkward, leggy, motherless tomboy with a wonderful imagination, who... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susannah B (Susie B)
Sad, beautiful and funny.
A short novel, set in the American South in the last Century, portraying a young girls self discovery.
A simple story about an adolescent girl trying to find her place in the world. It beautifully captures the awkwardness of a teenager, her hopes, fears and dreams. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tom Thorpe
Rubbish book just a load of words not necessarily making sensePublished 10 months ago by audrey haigh
I enjoyed the book even though it did feel a little overly sentimental at times or perhaps a little dated. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Angelaswlondon
Firstly a quick warning: this may not be the easiest read. McCullers writing is exquisitely slow. Her language is beautiful, descriptive in the extreme, evocative. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joe Oak
This short novel is written from the point of view of its protagonist, Frankie Addams. Aged twelve, Frankie is on the brink of adolescence. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Moira