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'I am not, at heart, a jumper. I think I knew all the time I was sizing up the bridge that the strong possibility was I'd attend my sister's wedding.'
Cassandra Edwards is driving home to her family's Californian ranch to attend the wedding of her beloved identical twin, Judith. A graduate student at Berkeley, Cassandra is gay, brilliant, nerve-racked, miserable - and hell-bent on making sure her sister's wedding doesn't go ahead.
Armed with a clutch bag full of pills and an unquenchable thirst for brandy, Cassandra arrives determined to make Judith see sense. But over the course of the next couple of days Cassandra unravels.
A classic of twentieth-century American literature, Cassandra at the Wedding is a stylish, witty and insightful novel about love, loyalty and coming to terms with the only life you have.
'Modern readers will relish the pin-sharp portrait of a tiny part of society, as if picked out in Californian sunlight. Really good writing like this doesn't age.' -- Guardian
'Witty and assured. Her tone is dark but jaunty, the writing off-handedly smart.' -- London Review of Books
'Baker's ear for dialogue is acute, her prose immaculate... this is a novel of exceptional quality.' -- TLS
'The mastery of technique here is just about absolute.' -- New York Times
'I - whose usual bed time is ten o'clock - stayed up all night reading that exquisite Cassandra at the Wedding - dazzled by the pyrotechnics of such an artist.' -- Carson McCullers
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- Verlag: Daunt Books
- Seitenzahl: 264
- Erscheinungstermin: 19. Juli 2019
- ISBN-13: 9781911547303
- Artikelnr.: 53261973
An important achievement intoxicating fun. Lillian Smith
[Baker s] ear for dialogue is acute, her prose immaculate this is a novel of exceptional quality. Times Literary Supplement
I whose usual bed time is ten o clock stayed up all night reading that exquisite Cassandra at the Wedding dazzled by the pyrotechnics of such an artist. I can only think back to Young Man with a Horn, and be overwhelmed by Dorothy Baker s continuing brilliance. Carson McCullers
Dorothy Baker s Cassandra at the Wedding (New York Review Books, 2004) is another novel in which it s hard not to be caught up from the very first page by the first person voice of the speaker. Originally published in 1962, this is the compulsively readable story of Cassandra s unwilling trip home to attend (or prevent) her twin sister Judith s wedding. She s one of those neurotic, intellegent women, trying to understand the direction her life has taken. Long out of print, this is just one of the wonderful titles (both fiction and non fiction) brought back to life by a publishing company whose mission, according to editor Edwin Frank, is to rescue some of the many truly remarkable works of literature that have had the misfortune of falling out of print. -- Nancy Pearl, The Beat, KUOW 94.9 FM Seattle NPR
Belongs with Salinger s Catcher in the Rye and McCullers s Member of the Wedding as a modern American classic. Georgia Hammick
A brilliantly told story remarkably subtle inexporably lucid. The New York Times