uncle_loki, August 25, 2007 (view all comments by uncle_loki)
This one didn't really draw me in until the last couple chapters, but at that point it became retroactively profound. I began to remember back over the book and realized that it was actually REALLY good. So I read it again.
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by The New York Times,
"Exerts, far beyond most novels, that combination of...wonder and attraction."
by New York Herald Tribune,
"The most significant and truimphant work that Lewis has...produced."
by Saturday Review,
"In Mr. Lewis's sensitive hands the ancient myth retains its fascination while being endowed with new meanings, new depths, new terrors."
In this timeless tale of two mortal princesses — one beautiful and one unattractive — C. S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction. This is the story of Orual, Psyche's embittered and ugly older sister, who possessively and harmfully loves Psyche. Much to Orual's frustrations, Psyche is loved by Cupid, the god of love himself, setting the troubled Orual on a path of moral development.
Set against the backdrop of Glome, a barbaric, pre-Christian world, the struggles between sacred and profane love are illuminated as Orual learns that we cannot understand the intent of the gods "till we have faces" and sincerity in our souls and selves.
This tale of two princesses — one beautiful and one unattractive — and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis's reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works.
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