For some people, the writing is going to come across as dry because of the style. Despite that "dryness", the writing is extremely detailed.
This is a retelling of the story of Psyche and Cupid, through the eyes of Psyche's older, less attractive sister. I enjoyed the narrative throughout the entire book.
The whole book is great food for thought. Sometimes our memories aren't as clear as we think they are. Some things are not always what they seem. And love is a very jealous thing.
This is probably one of my favorite books. Definitely my favorite C.S. Lewis book! There are so many layers to this story, so many things to take away from it. For example, how many times in the name of love have you tried to control or manipulate others? Just how unconditional or conditional is your love for others? And then on the spiritual end, if one has ever had a profound spiritual experience they will know how hard it is to have others understand or worse, they try to drag you back down to their ignorance.
If I don't make much sense then let me off you this: this book will make you reflect and think about your own motivations in relating to people and personal evolution. I found this book to be especially good for mother/daughter relationships at a base level. If one is on a spiritual path, then they will recognize the messages available to them. I found it applicable even if the reader isn't into Christianity.
A final word, the story begins a bit slow, starts to move along but by the end really gets going. So if you come to a point where you think you might put it down, please do yourself the favor to continue on.
It's a little dated, but still a fine retelling of the Psyche/Cupid myth by the famous C.S. Lewis.