I'm really very sorry that I cannot agree with most of the reviewers.
I've tried very hard to enjoy this book, but unfortunately it didn't appeal me so much as I hoped.
I was sadly disappointed.
Sometimes during the reading I was tempted to put it off, because I found it slightly *boring*, but I kept on hoping to find something *more*, I had faith in Lewis and hoped I could at last discover and feel the same emotions the other readers were inspired (and I am in such a need for them!).
The book isn't bad at all, it's maybe my fault that it was too much different and diverging from my expectations.
I expected something wonderful, explosive and utterly original, something that could "change my life" with a sort of "epiphany": I wanted to be given strong emotions and shocking existential revelations. I had instead soft hintings and delicate characterization.
It was not what I was looking for.
At least, thanks to C. S. Lewis, I will never forget the myth about Eros and Psyche, and my culture has a bit increased....Continua
One of Lewis' most fascinating, yet mysterious books. The tale told is so exciting, and kept my interest until the very end. However, the meaning still eludes me.
All the critics I have read on this tale declare it deep and mysterious - I fully agree!...Continua
This is one of my very very favourite books. I first read it 10 years ago, when i was eighteen. Despite how much I like the book, I've always found it hard to describe or write about it as if words just couldn't do the book justice. Several things made me in awe of Lewis's mastery in this book. The first is his sensitive and empathetic narrator of Orual the sister. Narrating the 'myth' from the sister's perspective ( and this being such a loving one) gave the story much heavier credibility. I am also amazed at Lewis' understanding of the female mentality, which is not as obvious in his other works. The second thing I admire about the author is the complexity of themes being dealt with in the book. The one that touched me most deeply is the wrestle human beings have in relating to and in understanding God. I think Part 2 of the novel - where Orual gained another persepective of her sufferings, where she realized that 'my complaint was my answer' - accomplished more than many theology books or apologetics managed to do. I am so grateful, as another reviewer put it, to be able to 'chance upon' this book. Until I have better mastery of words, i cannot give a review that the book deserves....Continua