Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block

Psyche in a Dress
by Francesca Lia Block

Summary from Goodreads:

"But this is what I could not give up:
I could not give up myself

Psyche has known Love—scented with jasmine and tasting of fresh oranges. Yet he is fleeting and fragile, lost to her too quickly. Punished by self-doubt, Psyche yearns to be transformed, like the beautiful and brutal figures in the myths her lover once spoke of. Attempting to uncover beauty in the darkness, she is challenged, tested, and changed by the gods and demons who tempt her. Her faith must be found again, for if she is to love, she must never look back."


I loved the idea of a new twist on Cupid and Psyche's story but this was just plain confusing. I don't know if Block's writing was just too complex for me or I just found several things too dark and disturbing(probably both).

I had a hard time picturing out some events; I don't understand why the main character had to change her name several times just to accentuate what life the character reflects in the original mythology. I was mostly perplexed with Narcissus' chapter, what was that about anyway??? I've heard of him being self-absorbed but I think that went overboard.

The book had a good message for women but I felt something missing with how the book was written. I felt like I was expecting something that I can't quite explain.

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