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The Golden Ass by Apuleius
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Dec 22, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2002

Apuleius' rollicking novel manages to be bawdy, profane, pious, and heartfelt simultaneously. I see that the other reviewers here don't really like the last part of the book where the protagonist is initiated into the ancient mysteries of Isis and Osiris. I, however, disagree and think that like Chaucer, Rabelais, Petronious, Rumi, and Shakespeare-- Apuleius knew that the universe was grand enough to have a place for the angels and a place for shit, piss, and odd types of fucking. Also, I found the last part of the book to be a very moving account of spirituality and devotion to the unknowable and an important, seemingly first-hand account of what the initiation rituals of these mystery cults were really like.

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