Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Psyche in a Dress, by Francesca Lia Block

If you ever thought that the Greek Gods were a pretty dysfunctional family, this verse novel won't change your opinion to the contrary. Placing the characters of Psyche, Echo, Aphrodite, Eros, and others in a modern urban context, Block explores the meanings of those myths (both as story and as metaphors). Surprisingly, it generally works.

This is not, however, a story (but more of a series of reflections and meditations). I'm not a big fan of that (see a couple of my Alice Hoffman reviews to get a sense of that!) but it is an interesting literary device to take characters whose names are metaphors and then dissect them (what does it mean, for example, to love Eros?). The modern references are a bit jarring, but this is a highly original book.

1 comment:

JL said...

Psyche in a Dress helped me threw every day life giving me a much bigger out look on everything. I finished this book under a day, i truly enjoyed it i went to the library and looked up all of Francesca lia block and her work has tought me a great deal of new things, now i am studing Greek Mythology and am adicted. THis book was great i would go back and read it again. Keep it coming