Cassandra At The Wedding (VMC) Paperback – 18 Jan 1982
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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)
A novel of exceptional quality (THE TIMES)
Flows and sparkles like a spring freshet (SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE)
Belongs with Salinger's CATCHER IN THE RYE and McCullers's THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING as a modern American classic (Georgina Hammick)
*Cassandra at the Wedding was first published in 1962, but its freshness and immediacy place it with the best of contemporary writing. *A fresh, insightful, moving and funny portrayal of sisterly love.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The protagonist Cassandra is a fantastic character, very complex and real, with more than her share of flaws; but I loved her all the more for them. I also particularly liked the girls' Grandmother and the way Cassandra related to her. The author is obviously adept at portraying emotions and drawing people sympathetically, but somehow still showing them in a brutally honest light.
I have to admit that while reading this book I recognised certain aspects of myself in Cassandra, along with aspects of my own relationship with my sister in her and Jude's relationship - and that this wasn't a particularly pleasant experience. However, this is exactly the kind of book I enjoy reading and don't consider a waste of time or money - because I feel I feel I gained something from reading it. Also, thanks to it being so entertaining, I know I'll read it again.
Highly recommended - 4.5 Stars.
This recipe for high drama is a gripping page turner. I could not wait to get to the end, knowing that I would need to go back later to milk Baker's keen prose for the full sense of all her sharp and original observations. It often reads like the plays for which the author was well-known, with the advantage that a novel gives scope for the deeper introspection and exploration of the characters' inner thoughts.
The book is written from the alternating viewpoints of the two sisters: Cassandra and Judith, which gives you in time their very different takes on the same situations. Cassandra is neurotic, manipulative, a keen observer of others, with a biting wit, but an utterly unreliable narrator who lacks a sense of proportion, a source of huge irritation but also great sympathy to the reader. This is a tragi-comedy with many moments of great humour, and a light touch which adds to the pathos of the sadder events without making them too heavily dreary or depressing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cassandra is one of twin daughters. Their mother has died in the not too distant past, but They live with their grandmother and father, both of whom are not given much to do in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eileen Shaw
This well-written and emotionally engaging novel takes the reader deep into the world of a person narrator - first one twin and then the other. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by dorcas
I have never read anything by this author before but was gripped by a review in the newspaper so ordered it and could hardly put it down. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by Helen Ogilvy