Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces

A Myth Retold

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"A repackaged edition of the revered author's retelling of the myth of Cupid and Psyche -- what he and many others regard as his best novel. C. S. Lewis -- the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics -- brilliantly reimagines the story of Cupid and Psyche. Told from the viewpoint of Psyche's sister, Orual, Till We Have Faces is a brilliant examination of envy, betrayal, loss, blame, grief, guilt, and conversion. In this, his final -- and most mature and masterful -- novel, Lewis reminds us of our own fallibility and the role of a higher power in our lives"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062565419
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lewis C.S.
Characteristics: 356 pages :,21 cm


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JCLBetM Aug 27, 2018

Lewis's retelling of the Psyche myth, I think I first read this in college and it messed with my head a bit. The tone is much darker than his other works and doesn’t have as clear a sign of hope, either. But it is one of the best books I’ve read. And there’s a scene in the middle that is the best... Read More »

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Dec 03, 2019

I DID read this book. However, there is just so much meat to sift through that I'm going to refrain from typing a summary after this 1st reading.
I want to re-read it, giving myself more time to mull over each & every detail, before putting down my thoughts.
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On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 9.

Sep 16, 2018

Like several other commenters, I have read a lot of C.S. Lewis, both fiction and non-fiction. this is different from the rest, and I recommend it highly. It is much more adult in focus than the Chronicles of Narnia. Part of it, as might be expected, discusses several views on the relationship between deity (or deities, in this case) and the individual. During the extended first part of the book, which has a queenly, ugly older sister angry at the gods for their treatment of her younger, beautiful, and adored younger sister. Are the gods fair and caring, or are they capricious, uncaring despots. The first part of the book comes to the view that the gods are probably uncaring and cruel, or at least they are silent and have some explaining to do. At the same time the older sister/ queen reviews her own behavior and attitudes and decides that while she might have done better, there is no major fault in herself. She challenges the gods to defend themselves. The second part of the book changes course markedly, as some chance circumstances and then dreams and visions help her to review the situations recounted earlier from other viewpoints. As the queen nears death, she comes to realize that her motives were not as pure as she had thought, and her understanding of what was going on not as complete as she believed. This happens in layers. She comes to judge the gods as more fair and open than she had believed, and her own behavior less worthy.
It is the self-discovery of her own layers of behavior and motives that I find the most appealing part of the book. How many of us can look back and discover that we are self-deceived as to how we behaved and thought?
This is a good read on the surface, and it offers layers of thoughtfulness for a person who chooses to use it to reflect on his or her own life.

JCLBetM Aug 27, 2018

Lewis's retelling of the Psyche myth, I think I first read this in college and it messed with my head a bit. The tone is much darker than his other works and doesn’t have as clear a sign of hope, either. But it is one of the best books I’ve read. And there’s a scene in the middle that is the best depiction I’ve read describing how our experience of life is limited to how we see it — that we can miss out on what life has to offer when we choose doubt over faith.

Don't let the slow pacing discourage you; if you're at all interested, the time spent with these pages is worthwhile.

Mar 17, 2017

Could hardly be better, rewarding the reader's engagement while crafting a compelling new vision of a timeless story.

Nov 23, 2014

I loved this book! I'd never heard of the story of cupid and psyche till I had to read this book in 8th grade for literature class but I'm glad I did because it's a wonderful book! I just adore any thing by C.S.Lewis!

Dec 14, 2013

This was a beautifully written story about an ugly sister who tells the story as a sort of memoir. The first 'book' expresses her anger with the gods, but the second book is her older and wiser take on the first book. I never wanted the second book to end and the ending made me feel so peaceful that I wanted to laugh and cry and everything all at once.

Dec 13, 2012

A unique retelling of Cupid and Psyche story, told from the view point of Psyche's sister. A classic!

Apr 26, 2011

C.S. Lewis considers this his best work. It was slow starting. I kept thinking "why did he like this one so much". In the end I liked it too, I still like the Narnia series best and think they are truly his best works.


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May 10, 2013

When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your soul for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over, you'll not talk about the joy of words. I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?

Jun 10, 2008

The Divine Nature wounds and perhaps destroys us merely by being what it is.

Jun 10, 2008

“No, no, no,” she said. “You don’t understand. Not that kind of longing. It was when I was happiest that I longed most. It was on happy days when we were up there on the hills, the three of us, with the wind and the sunshine… where you couldn’t see Glome or the palace. Do you remember? The colour and the smell, and looking across the Grey Mountain in the distance? And because it was so beautiful, it set me longing, always longing. Somewhere else there must be more of it. Everything seemed to be saying, Psyche, come! But I couldn’t (not yet) come and I didn’t know where I was to come to. It almost hurt me. I felt like a bird in a cage when the other birds of its kind are flying home.”


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Dec 03, 2019

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