**spoiler alert** The Member of the Wedding is a pretty good book so far. It is narrated in the third person which I think it makes it easier to under**spoiler alert** The Member of the Wedding is a pretty good book so far. It is narrated in the third person which I think it makes it easier to understand. The main character of the book is Frankie and she is twelve years old. She tends to feel isolated and hangs out in her house with her African American housekeeper Berenice Sadie Brown and her six year old cousin John Henry. In part 1 it talks about Frankie waiting to go to her older broithers wedding. It also talks about how Frankie never was a "member" of anything. She becomes a member of a group of friends Jarvis and Janice. You learn that Frankie wants to change her name to F. Jasmine to fit in with them more. Towards the endof this part in the book Frankie listens to radio reports of World War II and tries to understand it. Then in the beginning of Part II I realized that Frankie is now F. Jasmine and this confused me a little because Ihad to remember that that was still the main character. The book skips around a little but it is a pretty good book so far. I thinnk the author chose a third person narrator so it is easier to comprhend everyhting and not have another characters opinions of other characters for the reader to have.
One major theme that reoccurs in the book is loneliness or isolation. This is mainly with Frankie and feeling left out. She changes her name to fit in and she hangs out with younger or older people because she doesnt feel included with people her own age yet. Right now the major characters would be Frankie, John Henry, Jarvis, and Janice. These characters are mentioned the most right now in the first two parts of the book.
12/18/10 pg 123-139
In the beginning of part 2 chater 3 F.Jasmine talks about the jail ahe passes by with John Henry. She talked about who goes to the jail and why. John Henry yelled to one of the criminals, "What are you locked up for?" (124) But the criminal didn't answer him. Then F.Jasmine said to stop and he did. They were on their way to Sugarville to see Big Mama who is a fortune teller. Once they were finished they traveled to a hotel and met a soldier, but they couldn't stay and they had to go home.
What I find confusing is why this chapter is even in the book. It didn't seem like there was an important part in there. IT seemed like it was just something the author threw in there. It seemed like she walked around with John Henry, but didn't do anything. Iguess it will lead up to the next part/chapter.
I think other than this part seeming pointless it will lead up to her brother's wedding. At the end she is with her father so I think in part 3 the wedding will happen. I think she wanted to find out wat was going to happen in the future maybe during the wedding. I think the whole point of the section is to have the reader keep reading to find out what is finally going to happen in part 3.
1/10/11 pg 143-163
The ending of the book was ok. F. Jasmine changes her name again to Frances. So there is another thing Ihave to be paying attention to when I read the rest of the book. Frances, Berenice and John Henry finally go to the wedding in Winter Hill. The wedding wasn't described much in great detail so Ithought that was kind ofpointless to have the build up to the wedding then never actually make it significant. But then frances seems to be able to complain about the wedding to everyone on their way back from it. So I think that particular part wasn't very interesting.
ONce they get back Frances descides to steal a gun and run off. Her dad is trying to go after her. Then she thinks about committing suicide. she is doing all of this because of Big Mamas forune that was told to her and she is trying to make it happen. The police eventually pick her up and bring her back to the station and her dad brings her home. then the ending of the story ends pretty bad. frances was goping to say wat she is mad at and then she never finishes the sentence. She says I am simply mad about-". Then it goes on to say, "But the sentence was left unfinished for the hush was shattered when, an instant shock of happiness, she heard the ringing of the bell." (pg 163) IT could have ended much better than that I think. The author should have at least ended the sentence to make it better. So the book was just ok\...more
I read this book and I thought it was pretty good. It wasn't the best book that I have read. I thought that the plot was good. The characters were ve I read this book and I thought it was pretty good. It wasn't the best book that I have read. I thought that the plot was good. The characters were very interesting to me. My favorite character was probably Dona Maria. She was my favorite character because she really followed the theme that I was reading the book for. One of the themes for the book was alienation and loneliness. All of the characters had mainly followed this theme whether it was that people were alienating them from their town or they were lonely because they were by themselves. Dona Maria had both. She was alienated from the town and she became lonely. This book was pretty good overall....more