Thursday, September 27, 2012

Member of the Wedding-Carson McCullers

Member of the Wedding-Carson McCullers

the facts
satisfaction: up/side
pages: 191
gender: F
nationality: USA
year: 1947
Novel

"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."

Well, you can see why it's a classic. It's a pitch perfect voice of the fickleness, the confusion and wanderlust of a girl coming of age. The manias, the feeling of stultification, of becoming were all there with a thread of discovering sex to spur a coming of age.

The story is, above all, lonely. Trapped in the warm kitchen and unaware of the world outside her own, Frankie is attempting to connect with others, to join with other people while rejecting Berenice and John Henry her actual companions. Her internal dissonance is discussed with clarity and allusion filled language with symbols galore including a piano tuner causing her great distress.

I could relate in that Frankie was having all this emotional turmoil for which she had no name and no idea how to resolve but otherwise I just couldn't love this book. Frankie was annoying, the whole atmosphere was so stifling, and the pace was so slow and purposeless. There are no surprises whatsoever and therefore no real conflict except for Frankie's which is treated with such agonizing slowness and allusion that I failed to feel like it was a conflict. I know this is a book beloved by many but if it weren't so short I would not have bothered to finish it despite the beautiful language.

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