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The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers
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Jul 14, 2015

it was amazing
bookshelves: favourites, miscellaneous-fiction, american-canadian, historical-20th-cent

Lonely motherless tomboy confronting sudden adolescence, prompted by her older brother's wedding. Some similarities with "To Kill a Mocking Bird" (http://www.goodreads.com/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 This Book Matters to Me
(This section was added after an epiphany, which prompted me to make my reviews more personal.)
This was the first McCullers I read, and one of the first American books I read. It was on the recommendation of a friend, in our mid/late teens (she's still a friend) and introduced me to a new writer and a totally different realm. I've read all her works several times, but as the first, this will always be special. Catherine, thank you.
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message 1: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm I never made the connection between this and To Kill a Mockingbird. You continue to astound me...

Cecily Thanks. The connection may be more obvious to me, as a Brit, because my exposure to the literature of the American South is quite small.

message 3: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm Probably true. Did you ever see the movie...with a very young Julie Harris (I think...) I also think Ethel Waters won an Oscar, but I may be imagining all of this. Did you go to Barcelona yet?

message 4: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm For once my memory is correct:

Cecily No, I haven't seen that, but thanks for the link.

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