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By Dorothy Baker, Deborah Eisenberg

Cassandra Edwards is a graduate pupil at Berkeley: homosexual, exceptional, nerve-racked, depressing. initially of this novel, she drives again to her relatives ranch within the foothills of the Sierras to wait the marriage of her exact dual, Judith, to a pleasant younger health care professional from Connecticut. Cassandra, in spite of the fact that, is hell-bent on sabotaging the wedding.

Dorothy Baker's entrancing tragicomic novella follows an unpredictable process occasions during which her heroine looks variously as conniving, self-aware, pitiful, frenzied, absurd, and heartbroken--at as soon as completely most unlikely and drastically sympathetic. As she struggles to return to phrases with the one lifestyles she has, Cassandra reckons together with her complex emotions concerning the sister who she feels owes it to her to be her modify ego; along with her father, a brandy-soaked retired professor of philosophy; and with the ghost of her useless mother.

First released in 1962, Cassandra on the Wedding is a publication of tolerating freshness, perception, and verve. just like the fiction of Jeffrey Eugenides and Jhumpa Lahiri, it's the paintings of a grasp stylist with a profound figuring out of the complexities of the guts and brain.

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W hat was this supposed to mean. Was it a trap. Should I let myself get mixed up in this. I tried to catch the eyes of my men: general cluelessness. If I'd had a choice, I would have jumped to my feet, overturned the table, and left the hall. But we were hopelessly outnumbered. The serpent. I still dream about it. The Colchian monster-snake that wrapped its monstrous length around the trunk of the oak tree. I see it in my dreams the way my men describe it: three-headed, as thick as the tree trunk, and, it goes without saying, spewing fire.

I knew what she was thinking about. I've never seen a man weep as that young Colchian did, the one Lyssa loved with such devotion, but w hom she left behind to follow me onto the Argo for an uncertain journey. She gave birth to her daugh­ ter, Arinna, during the voyage, and thereafter there has been no man in Lyssa's life, and I can't help asking myself what price Lyssa has paid, and the other Colchians, and all of us, because I didn't want to live in Colchis anymore and they followed me, blinded by my good repute among them.

She was sitting beside King Creon w ithout a word, she seemed to hate him and he seemed to fear her— anyone w ith eyes in his head could have seen that. I mean something else. I mean that suddenly it became completely quiet. That I had that flickering in front of m y eyes that comes before second sight. That in the vast banquet hall this w om an and I were alone. I saw her there, her aura almost completely darkened by inconsolable grief, so much so that I was horror-stricken and I had to follow her when she stood up stiffly in her gold-embroidered formal dress as soon as the meal was over and left the room without a word of explanation, without so much as a good night for the foreign merchants and emissaries, thus forcing the King to cover up her impertinence by talking fast and laughing loudly.

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