Sunday, November 25, 2012
Reading: The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
The Member of the Wedding is a story of a girl named Frankie on the brink of becoming a teenager but still stuck in her childhood world. Frankie longs to be apart of something but it seems that everything about her sets her apart from the rest of the world. She feels disconnected to the earth, to the people who surround her, and her peers. She is tall and lanky with short hair and often envisions herself joining the freaks at the carnival because of her look. While the world goes on around her, she does the same thing everyday for the entire summer and sulks in her misfortune. To her surprise, her brother comes home after being stationed in Alaska for the military and announces that he is getting married. Frankie begins to question who she is and where she belongs and goes on a journey of minor self-discovery that accurately does not take her very far but far enough to start to grow up. All Frankie can think about during the novel is how she no longer wants to just be a "me" anymore but instead a "we".
Overall, the novel was good but no where near a favorite. It was just good and that was it. Nothing special. I will give it 3 out of 5 stars.