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Cassandra at the Wedding

Free Read Cassandra at the Wedding - by Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg - Cassandra at the Wedding, Cassandra at the Wedding Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley gay brilliant nerve racked miserable At the beginning of this novel she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to atten

  • Title: Cassandra at the Wedding
  • Author: Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg
  • ISBN: 9781590176016
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Paperback

Free Read Cassandra at the Wedding - by Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg, Cassandra at the Wedding, Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg, Cassandra at the Wedding Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley gay brilliant nerve racked miserable At the beginning of this novel she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to attend the wedding of her identical twin Judith to a nice young doctor from Connecticut Cassandra however is hell bent on sabotaging the wedding Dorothy Baker s entrancinCassan Free Read Cassandra at the Wedding - by Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg - Cassandra at the Wedding, Cassandra at the Wedding Cassandra Edwards is a graduate student at Berkeley gay brilliant nerve racked miserable At the beginning of this novel she drives back to her family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras to atten

  • Free Read Cassandra at the Wedding - by Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg
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  1. Dorothy Baker Deborah Eisenberg

    Dorothy Baker 1907 1968 was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1907 and raised in California After graduating from UCLA , she traveled in France, where she began a novel and, in 1930, married the poet Howard Baker The couple moved back to California, and Baker completed an MA in French, later teaching at a private school After having a few short stories published, she turned to writing full time, despite, she would later claim, being seriously hampered by an abject admiration for Ernest Hemingway In 1938, she published Young Man with a Horn, which was awarded the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1942 and, the next year, published Trio, a novel whose frank portrayal of a lesbian relationship proved too scandalous for the times Baker and her husband adapted the novel as a play in 1944, but it was quickly shut down because of protests Her final novel, Cassandra at the Wedding also published as an NYRB Classic , examined the relationship between two exceptionally close sisters, whom Howard Baker asserted were based on both Baker herself and the couple s two daughters Baker died in 1968 of cancer.

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  1. You ve always needed a lot of everything than I do, she said Haven t you I wanted to tell her that I didn t need much Just a few essentials faith in something and a little sense of location, but I didn t I didn t because I was looking at her and seeing, again, the very face I d seen behind the bottles in the bar this afternoon, the one that can always give me a turn when I really look at it and know who it is and why it looks back at me the way it does as if it belonged to me.Dorothy Baker left [...]


  2. She wastes herself, she drifts all she wants to do with her life is lose it somewhere.The title of this novel sounds peppy and chick flick y Thankfully, it was a self deprecating, slow moving madness A fog A bundle of nerves The story switched gears halfway and became serious very quickly And it s wonderfully dark and frantic.I wanted to stop and explain it to granny, tell her it was my fault for not knowing what I should have known that people like us can t really be people and live happy lives [...]


  3. The things that get in your way the indignities you have to suffer before you re free to do one simple, personal, necessary thing like work.But I will release Cassandra s self pity that I have come to imagine as my own As I watch the winds as carrying away my contrived notion of reality, watching the light do great many things to it until, it is out of sight and perhaps I will be bold enough to make the distinction.It has become increasingly hard for me to put the jibber jabber of thoughts on my [...]


  4. Cassandra s twin sister is getting married and Cassandra is grieving this schism Who gets the B sendorfer What do twins wear at one twin s wedding For once, in literature, a harmlessly drunk father They were like this Do you remember, Papa I said, when you read to us out of The Anatomy of Melancholy Be not idle, be not solitary It s the other way around, I believe, papa said Be not solitary, be not idle What about it Nothing, except I remembered it It s why I left Berkeley and went to New York I [...]


  5. This was a treat of a short novel You d think that family drama over a wedding would be a well worn subject, but Baker approaches the subject with nerve and excitement The story revolves around Cassandra Edwards, a lesbian graduate student at Berkeley, receives the news of her sister Judith s wedding She plans to rescue her sister and destroy everything The funniest parts are where the Cassandra explains her ridiculous actions in very reasonable if a tad neurotic tone For some reason, I m remind [...]


  6. The first thing one learns in life is that the self is a partial thing at the very moment of birth one is consigned to terminal separateness The one attribute we can be sure that we all share is incompleteness Reading this in Deborah Eisenberg s afterword sent volts through me My sister and I just had this conversation, over the dregs of our breakfast coffee at 2pm conceptions of self are so fluid, so contingent on other people, so impossible to articulate And I don t know that we re incomplete, [...]


  7. Dorothy Baker was apparently a straight woman who liked to write lesbian fiction The lesbianism of the main character and narrator, Cassandra, is subtly treated She sits down with her identical twin sister Judith and tells her as honestly as I could how I m constituted With men I feel like a bird in the clutch of a cat, terrified, caught in a nightmare of confinement, wanting nothing but to get free and take a shower She s also than a little emotionally disturbed, sees an analyst, and has thoug [...]


  8. I have a deep fondness for sad stuff presented cheerfully The example I always think of is that song But Not for Me, specifically one of the versions by Judy Garland The song is really about anguish, I think, but she sings it in a lovely, fairly understated way that sort of lets you off the hook somehow like you have a choice between listening to it remotely and staying emotionally calm, or really focusing on it and getting kind of verklempt and suicidal Most especially, I love the funny and odd [...]


  9. Twins, for the most part, have close bonds A bond that many of us cannot relate to They sometimes have their own way of communicating, their own way of relating to others and trying to find themselves apart from their womb companion When one tries to leave that bond, that strong, substantial, never broken bond erodes away leaving one vulnerable to the world of strangers that are not like themselves.Judith and Cassandra were born into a life of luxury and of old money Both are educated, witty and [...]


  10. I identified strongly with Cassandra for several personal reasons, which I won t detail This probably helped me maintain sympathy for her despite her often inconsiderate thoughtless behaviour one of the reasons is that I also tend towards these unattractive traits and vitriol There again, I thought, say it twice and underline it The emblem of good women is always this anxiety about drinking other people s drinking And I knew why Because alcohol releases truth and truth is something good women ne [...]


  11. E come sempre sono i libri in cui ripongo meno fiducia che mi sorprendo e amo di pi Inizio dicendo che uscito un anno prima della Campana di vetro di Sylvia Plath, e credetemi,le tematiche sono simili ma questo scritto molto meglio Ci sono due grandi tematiche in questo romanzo, una la simbiosi e l attaccamento che pu instaurarsi tra due famigliari, in questo caso una simbiosi estrema perch le due protagoniste sono due sorelle gemelle identiche monozigoti , e l altra invece la domanda che ogni e [...]


  12. Such a brilliant novel Effortless and smart, does that mix of dark and blase so well, with that kinda preppy but cynical bohemianism of Salinger Loved it.


  13. I really liked this published in 1962 with a great sense of place and a wonderful narrative voice, cassandra at the wedding is charming, smart, sad and funny Perhaps witty and smart than funny, it s not laugh out loud funny, here s a quote so you can see what I mean I think I ll tell you something I wasn t ever going to tell you, she said, and I knew by her face it was important Also by how long it took her to follow it up But she did finally It s about Jack, she said He doesn t care much at al [...]


  14. I have to confess that the reasons that lead me to read this book were kind of personal I have a tendency to become infatuated with certain publishers, and I have a big crush on NYRB All the books I have read have been incredible discoveries, and I love their translation, even their introductions and afterwords in the novels they publish.The second reason is because I am a twin, and I am always looking for a good twin story, which don t really come by much So I read it for very different reasons [...]


  15. CASSANDRA AT THE WEDDING 1962 Dorothy Baker The Edwards girls are identical twins Judith Jude and Cassandra Cass They were both born and raised on a ranch in the foothills of the Sierras in southern California Judith still lives at home, but has announced her plans to marry a young man who is about to enter into his internship to complete his M.D Cassandra is a student teacher at Berkeley, working on completing her doctoral thesis Their mother died years ago and the girls were raised by their g [...]


  16. Cassandra al matrimonioE un libro commovente sulla famiglia, sui conflitti e sulle dolcezze che accompagnano i nostri rapporti.In Cassandra al matrimonio si affrontano molti temi tra cui il tema del doppio infatti, quello dell impossibilit di essere se stessi, quando nel mondo esiste un individuo come te.Il tema dell a, l a ossessivo tra sorelle, l a del padre e della nonna Tocca temi come quello della morte, la madre che muore lasciando un vuoto enorme, incolmabile, e il tentato suicidio della [...]



  17. Cassandra at the Wedding first published in 1962 will make my end of year highlights, no doubt about it As this novel opens, Cassandra Edwards, a graduate student at Berkeley, is preparing to drive home to her family s ranch for the wedding of her identical twin sister, Judith From the opening pages, she seems in two minds as to whether to take the trip, and as she looks at the Golden Gate Bridge, we begin to sense that something is desperately wrong Besides, my guide assures me that I am not, a [...]


  18. Quirky, nervy little book with wonderful characterizations Made me think of Chekhov a bit, those slightly fraught, flawed characters and the way your sympathy for them sneaks up on you Cassandra is a lovely character Well, they all are, even if Judith is a bit bland but she s supposed to be, so it s OK And you end up sympathizing with her for just having had to grow up in the shadow of her sister s wacky brilliance.The Aristophanes connection is accurate, but it s also kind of simplistic the boo [...]


  19. Tightly written with a very well drawn protagonist, Cassandra at the Wedding is worth reading even if it is a bit dated in some not all of its psychological themes I almost didn t read it for suspicion of any writer who would name her protagonist Cassandra, but you get over it.The premise is that Cassandra, one half of identical twins, is preparing to attend and hoping to thwart the sudden wedding of her sister Judith Cassandra is gay although references to this are oblique, probably because thi [...]


  20. To me this was a difficult read because of the subject matters of madness and twins My grandmother was part of a twin and mad as a hatter Her entire life she threatened to commit suicide, an act she ultimately managed to complete when I was a young girl of twelve My mother and her sister were terrified of her and so were my sister and I She could be lovely at times but she could be so manipulative that it made your blood run cold.As a result of this I became very interested in psychology as an a [...]


  21. Veramente bello Comprato al SalTo15 perch in sconto, confesso, mi davvero piaciuto tanto Scritto con uno stile tagliente e sarcastico, cos moderno da sembrare frutto di un autore contemporaneo La storia, che si svolge nell arco di poche giornate, di due gemelle, una che non vuole n pu vivere senza l altra, Cassandra, appunto, e l altra che da questo rapporto morboso soffocata, cos come dalla bizzarra ed intellettualmente snobbissima famiglia.Nonostante la brevit del romanzo, la scrittura della B [...]


  22. The perfect airplane read for a person en route to a wedding, this tautly written 1962 novel about a woman falling apart, coming home to her family s ranch to derail her twin sister s wedding That s the summary but obviously it s about so much about the nature of love and obsession, about identity and the self It s a novel filled with light and despair, anguish and pathos and extreme feeling It made me think of the film Rachel s Getting Married , another story of a conniving, distraught sister [...]


  23. July 2012I read The Farthest Shore by Ursula K Le Guin last month, but I kept getting stuck it s the longest short book I ve ever read , so to distract myself I started working through my NYRB collection instead.There may have been a conflict of interest there.


  24. Cassandra and her twin, Judith, have always been very close, but when Judith moves to the other side of the country, and decides to marry, their relationship seems impossibly fractured Cassandra is a fantastic character at 24, she is a mixture of assertive and naive as she struggles to navigate the world without her sister and cope with her depression Baker s writing on depression is amazingly, heart breakingly astute I was completely floored by this novel It s sparsely populated, but each chara [...]


  25. Contents 1 Cassandra Speaks2 Judith Speaks3 Cassandra Speaks4 Afterword by Deborah Eisenberg Cassandra is one of the identical twins, on the surface the stronger of the two, the other is Judith, who s wedding to Jack is central to the story Physically identical they may be but that s as far as it goes the sisters are quite different, their sexual preferences to begin with Much of the action is set on the family s ranch in the foothills of the Sierras As a character Cassandra is something of an a [...]


  26. Auf Zwei Schwestern von Dorothy Baker war ich ganz besonders gespannt, denn bislang habe ich viele Meinungen geh rt, die doch sehr weit auseinander gingen, von daher wollte ich unbedingt herausfinden, wie mir das Buch gefallen wird Jetzt, nachdem ich das Buch beendet habe, muss ich dann doch leider sagen, dass ich eher zu den Menschen geh re, die von dem Buch eher weniger begeistert sind.Man merkt dem Buch bereits auf den ersten Seiten an, dass es schon viele Jahre auf dem Buckel hat, denn die A [...]


  27. This book has a lot of potential and falls a bit short Or rather, the character Cassandra has a lot of potential because she s a bitter, queer intellectual, but falls a bit short and is, shall we say it bluntly, annoying and immature This writing is engaging and very well done and this books a quick read, but the characters grated on me This book fits into a similar category as The Dud Avocado or much of Joan Didion s work Written in the 1960 s it s about privileged white women who never have to [...]


  28. This book is MESSED UP I mean, what a riot this thing is The people in the book are weird, but in a way deep down sense You don t really understand why they re such a strange family, it just kind of dawns on you as you go how very, very f d up they are Way big time so Although a bit of a period piece because of when it was written the story itself is timeless and unique at the same time one of the best compliments I can give any story.I loved it so much I bought a few of her other titles there a [...]


  29. Reading this book, I couldn t help but think of Catcher in the Rye , which I hated, and how much better this is Now, Cassandra at the Wedding is not very similar to Catcher in the Rye , but they share enough similarities for my mind to be stuck on the comparison.The other comparison I made was with the documentary The Bridge , which captures and explores people killing themselves by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.Anyway, I highly recommend this book I can only imagine how exciting it would h [...]


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