|Title||:||Cassandra (Dal mondo)|
|Number of Pages||:||562 Pages|
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Cassandra (Dal mondo) Reviews
For about five years I have read, reread and taught (to eleventh graders) Cassandra, and each time I have groped deeper into its human and literary liklihoods. It's still compelling to me for it myriad facets of content and form, but I can't help wondering about the real-politics of Ms Wolf's life and the masculine-feminine politics of our time. There is great learning in it and cause for great deliberation--by a woman awaiting violent death: Would what we call civilization be differently composed if even half our history, philosophy, psychology, politics, art had been penned by women? How was human prehistory ordered? Why is God-presence so matter of fact, and goddess-presence so contentious, if admitted? Who/What is Cybele, really? I can't wait to read Medea.
The most disappointing part of this novel is the great potential that it had. The idea of telling the story of the Fall of Troy from the view of the soothsayer and princess Cassandra is an excellent one. However, instead of exploring the myriad of themes that this historical or mythological event sets forth Wolf chooses to narrow her focus onto the tired idea that if women ran the world all would be well. On top of which, the reader is then pedantically beaten over the head with Wolf's OWN essays discussing her work. In order to demonstrate her grasp of the subject matter Wolf accesses esoteric theories about the war such as a romance between Cassandra and Aeneas and the ludicrous assertion that Helen was never really in Troy at all. At the same time, she demonstrates her ignorance of the subject by forgetting that the corpse of Hector was protected by the gods so that it could not be mangled, as she described. Anyone who teaches this book ought to just hand out the ILIAD instead.
I have to admit that I had some difficulties in reading this book in the first place. Christa Wolf uses a very stylised language which is not easy to understand although it sounds beautifully I think. It is defenitly not a book you can read to relax or to kill time on the train or anything like that. But by taking my time with this novel, I finally felt like coming close to Cassandras character, with all her good and bad personality traits. Whoever thinks this book is just about Womens Liberation just didn't really understand it. It might be an issue, but "Cassandra" is too complex to reduce it to just this one point. There is so much more in it, you just have to keep your eyes open. In my opinion it is one of the best books ever written.
This is one of those books I've picked up and put down for more than 12 years, and now that I've read it through, I can't imagine why. The retelling of the story of Cassandra--really of the Iliad, from Cassandra's perspective--is completely compelling and provocative, raising questions about what history is and how it's made, and offering an alternate and completely reasonable view of how the Iliad's events could have happened. Bonus: this volume offers essays providing background on how Christa Wolf came to write the novel--pure gravy for writers, or anyone interested in how stories get born.
Once I read Cassandra, I didn't understand any of her stories. It is complicated to read and not possible to find a summary in the internet. That's what made me read the book for another two times. There's no real action in the story. So it is quite boring to read it. No matter - that's how women are.
EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE MYTHOLOGY YOU'LL LIKE THIS BOOK. CASSANDRA HAS YOU LIVING HER LIFE FROM THE TIME YOU READ THE FIRST PARAGRA[H TO THE TIME YOU FINISH THE LAST LINE. THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK.
This complex novel is one of the best retellings of greek history that I have found. The only problem with it is that you can't put it down for fear of losing her train of thought.
This is an amazing book. It really got me interesting in Mythology. Lots of feminism, stream-of-consciousness, all kinds of good stuff.