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Cupid: A Tale of Love and Desire

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Publisher Comments:

This is the story of Cupid — the god responsible for heartache, sleepless nights, and all those silly love songs — finally getting his comeuppance. When the god of love falls in love himself, things are bound to get interesting. And when he crosses his mama, Venus, in the process...Well, things could get downright messy.

The much-lauded author of Pharaoh's Daughter and When Dad Killed Mom brings his renowned storytelling skills to one of the world's most famous tales. In doing so he weaves a romantic, hilarious drama brought to life with a bold new voice that's loaded with sly wisdom. Julius Lester's retelling is sure to draw new readers to classic mythology while satisfying old fans as well.

Review:

"Just in time for Valentine's Day, Lester (Time's Memory) retells the tale of Cupid and Psyche, with appearances by some highly appealing lesser Greek and Roman characters, such as Oizys, goddess of pain, and the highly likeable Favonius, the West Wind, along with his other wind counterparts. Psyche comes across as especially sympathetic; her kindness is just as striking as her beauty. And even those familiar with the tale may be surprised at just how vindictive Psyche's jealous sisters can be, as they prompt Psyche to break her promise to Cupid (Cupid, who comes to Psyche only under cover of darkness, asks her to vow never to gaze upon his face or risk losing him forever). Unfortunately, the vague persona of the omniscient narrator here detracts from the pace and poetic details of the tale. The narrator reveals only tidbits of information about himself; for instance as he watches Psyche's wedding procession, he notes, 'This reminds me of my weddings. At all six of them, the bride cried.' He also conjures a rather contentious relationship with 'the story,' as when he raises the question of how it is that Psyche never detected Cupid's wings in all their nights of lovemaking: 'I asked the story about it. The story scratched its head and looked very confused.' Still, for fans of romance and mythology, this is highly entertaining. Lester casts the two protagonists as adolescents coming of age through the trials and ultimate triumph of their love. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The novel does not hold up to Lester's masterful standard. It might be a good introduction for someone unfamiliar with the traditional myth and could be useful in a classroom." School Library Jounral

Review:

"Older teens who can take the narrator's intrusions in stride will sink into the beautifully imagined ancient world, the erotic romance, and the insights into how love happens." Booklist

Synopsis:

A beloved storyteller and Newbery Honor-winning author offers an inspired retelling of the classic myth of the Roman god of love, who finally gets some comeuppance by falling in love himself.

About the Author

Julius Lester is the Newbery Honor-winning author of more than twenty books for young readers. He lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780152020569
Subtitle:
A Tale of Love and Desire
Author:
Lester, Julius
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Greek & Roman
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Subject:
Children s-Fables
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070101
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Jacket illustration by
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 208 pages Harcourt - English 9780152020569 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Just in time for Valentine's Day, Lester (Time's Memory) retells the tale of Cupid and Psyche, with appearances by some highly appealing lesser Greek and Roman characters, such as Oizys, goddess of pain, and the highly likeable Favonius, the West Wind, along with his other wind counterparts. Psyche comes across as especially sympathetic; her kindness is just as striking as her beauty. And even those familiar with the tale may be surprised at just how vindictive Psyche's jealous sisters can be, as they prompt Psyche to break her promise to Cupid (Cupid, who comes to Psyche only under cover of darkness, asks her to vow never to gaze upon his face or risk losing him forever). Unfortunately, the vague persona of the omniscient narrator here detracts from the pace and poetic details of the tale. The narrator reveals only tidbits of information about himself; for instance as he watches Psyche's wedding procession, he notes, 'This reminds me of my weddings. At all six of them, the bride cried.' He also conjures a rather contentious relationship with 'the story,' as when he raises the question of how it is that Psyche never detected Cupid's wings in all their nights of lovemaking: 'I asked the story about it. The story scratched its head and looked very confused.' Still, for fans of romance and mythology, this is highly entertaining. Lester casts the two protagonists as adolescents coming of age through the trials and ultimate triumph of their love. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The novel does not hold up to Lester's masterful standard. It might be a good introduction for someone unfamiliar with the traditional myth and could be useful in a classroom."
"Review" by , "Older teens who can take the narrator's intrusions in stride will sink into the beautifully imagined ancient world, the erotic romance, and the insights into how love happens."
"Synopsis" by , A beloved storyteller and Newbery Honor-winning author offers an inspired retelling of the classic myth of the Roman god of love, who finally gets some comeuppance by falling in love himself.

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