The Member of the Wedding

The Member of the Wedding When she was only twenty three Carson McCuller s first novel The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter created a literary sensation She is very special once of American s superlative writers who conjures up a vi

  • Title: The Member of the Wedding
  • Author: Carson McCullers
  • ISBN: 9780553250510
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When she was only twenty three Carson McCuller s first novel The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, created a literary sensation She is very special, once of American s superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition Rarely has emoWhen she was only twenty three Carson McCuller s first novel The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, created a literary sensation She is very special, once of American s superlative writers who conjures up a vision of existence as terrible as it is real, who takes us on shattering voyages into the depths of the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition Rarely has emotional turbulence been so delicately conveyed, said The New York Times of Carson McCullers s achingly real novel about Frankie Addams, a bored twelve year old madly jealous of her brother s impending marriage Frankie was afraid of the dark and envious of the older girls But as F Jasmine, in a pink dress, she looked sixteen No longer a child, she accepted a date with a red haired soldier and purchased a sophisticated gown for the wedding F Jasmine had plans.

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    1. Carson McCullers

      Carson McCullers was an American who wrote fiction, often described as Southern Gothic, that explores the spiritual isolation of misfits and outcasts of the South From 1935 to 1937 she divided her time, as her studies and health dictated, between Columbus and New York and in September 1937 she married an ex soldier and aspiring writer, Reeves McCullers They began their married life in Charlotte, North Carolina where Reeves had found some work There, and in Fayetteville, North Carolina, she wrote her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, in the Southern Gothic tradition The title, suggested by McCullers s editor, was taken from Fiona MacLeod s poem The Lonely Hunter However, many including Carson McCullers claim she wrote in the style of Southern Realism, a genre inspired by Russian Realism The novel itself was interpreted as an anti fascist book Altogether she published eight books The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 1940 , written at the age of twenty three, Reflections in a Golden Eye 1941 , and The Member of the Wedding 1946 , are the best known The novella The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 1951 also depicts loneliness and the pain of unrequited love She was an alumna of Yaddo in Saratoga, New York.The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter was filmed in 1968 with Alan Arkin in the lead role Reflections in a Golden Eye was directed by John Huston 1967 , starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor Some of the film was shot in New York City and on Long Island, where Huston was permitted to use an abandoned Army installation Many of the interiors and some of the exteriors were done in Italy I first met Carson McCullers during the war when I was visiting Paulette Goddard and Burgess Meredith in upstate New York, said Huston in An Open Book 1980 Carson lived nearby, and one day when Buzz and I were out for a walk she hailed us from her doorway She was then in her early twenties, and had already suffered the first of a series of strokes I remember her as a fragile thing with great shining eyes, and a tremor in her hand as she placed it in mine It wasn t palsy, rather a quiver of animal timidity But there was nothing timid or frail about the manner in which Carson McCullers faced life And as her afflictions multiplied, she only grew stronger After lifelong health problems including severe alcoholism, McCullers died of brain hemorrhage.


    1. 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 Lonel [...]

    2. 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. Fr [...]

    3. 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 more 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- [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 wonderf [...]

    6. 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 'u [...]

    7. 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 w [...]

    8. 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 t [...]

    9. 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 yo [...]

    10. 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 more literal musical aspects to much of her writing (reflecting the fact she very nearly became a classical pianist).Why Thi [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 Fr [...]

    13. 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 more difficult in the early part of the book--Southern milieu (which can be good or bad -- depends on [...]

    14. A este quarto livro de Carson McCullers, que li, não posso dar as cinco estrelas. Não é por falha na sua prosa, sempre maravilhosa; não é por faltar algo às personagens; também não será pela estrutura da narrativa, que acho muito adequada à história. Talvez seja apenas porque o enredo é parco de acontecimentos, embora farto de significados e temo não ter compreendido o que Carson tentou transmitirFrankie tem doze anos. É órfã de mãe - que morreu quando ela nasceu - e o pai tem a [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 f [...]

    18. 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 al [...]

    19. 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 more than to box her ears.Reading it was a chore!

    20. "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 more than 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter', although I do respect it for it being her first novel.

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 abo [...]

    23. 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. 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 more, had I read it when I was younger.

    25. “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 fever [...]

    26. 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. 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 charmin [...]

    28. La adolescencia como un bote a la deriva en un mar entre tierras que no llegamos a divisar. Así se podría 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 sensación apátrida que la pubertad nos provoca muchas veces sin que sepamos ubicarnos muchas veces.Unos personajes definidos ayudan a acentuar ese carácter y esa deriva de Frankie, que por momentos es [...]

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