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The True Heart

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published 1929 by Chatto & Windus
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Ali
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My knowledge of old myths is pretty sketchy – I know the basic outline of some but I have never had much interest in them if I’m honest. The True Heart is apparently a (very loose) re-telling of the story of Cupid and Psyche – though don’t let that put you off. If you weren’t aware of that then it wouldn’t matter – and it wouldn’t alter the delightfulness of this imaginative love story.

The story is set in Victorian Essex, the Essex marshes, Southend and London in 1873. Sukey Bond is just sixteen
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William Leight
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The True Heart” has an almost mythic quality to it at times, which makes sense given that it is based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche. It’s very loosely based, to be sure, and I’m not too surprised that (according to this edition’s introduction) nobody except Warner’s mother actually figured it out: Sukey for Psyche works and Mrs. Seaborn is a clever name for Venus, but the name Eric, though close to Eros, seems (with apologies to all you Eric’s out there, I would have said the same thing no ma ...more
Lesley
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really up there with Summer Will Show or Lolly Willowes, perhaps
Patricia
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myth, richandstrange
An imaginative interpretation of the story of Cupid and Psyche with characters who are mythic but also realistic enough for sympathy.
Chrystal
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully lyrical retelling of a Greek myth in fairy-tale form.
Eileen
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A deceptively simple book that ends up strong and compelling, bringing the story of orphan-turned-servant Sukey Bond from a straightforward narrative into a serious quest exploring the mundanity and mystery of human experience.
Leah
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythical
Difficult to complete, a strange and unnerving retelling of a myth I'm unfamiliar with.

Warner's real strength lies in her subversive, unrelenting depictions of women as whole and challenging characters, and in the occasional asides about the plight and rights of women in her worlds.
Leonie
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The calm, rich writing gives this a lovely atmosphere.
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Sylvia Townsend Warner was born at Harrow on the Hill, the only child of George Townsend Warner and his wife Eleanora (Nora) Hudleston. Her father was a house-master at Harrow School and was, for many years, associated with the prestigious Harrow History Prize which was renamed the Townsend Warner History Prize in his honor, after his death in 1916. As a child, Sylvia seemingly enjoyed an idyllic ...more
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