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The Labyrinth

October 15th, 2008 | Category: Opinions

Today I finished reading The Labyrinth by Catherynne M. Valente. I’ve had the book for quite some time, but focus hasn’t been my friend of late. However, once I actually started reading, I couldn’t stop. I went cover-to-cover in two days.

The Labyrinth is very difficult to describe in a little review. It’s a dark and twisted fairy-tale. It’s a bizarre love story of sorts. It’s strange and beautiful. Ultimately, it’s a surreal journey into madness and a fascinating look into the futility of human existence. Valente’s prose are absolutely gorgeous, she perfectly captures the essence of insanity as her heroine walks endlessly through The Labyrinth, not knowing if escape is possible and desperately afraid to hope for such.

It’s a brilliant novel, one of the best I’ve read in awhile.