Till We Have Faces

About the Author: C.S. Lewis

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS 1898 1963 was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS 1898 1963 was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement He wrotethan thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.Lewis was married to poet Joy Davidman


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  • Till We Have Faces
  • C.S. Lewis
  • English
  • 20 January 2018
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Till We Have Faces In This Timeless Tale Of Two Mortal Princesses One Beautiful And One Unattractive CS Lewis Reworks The Classical Myth Of Cupid And Psyche Into An Enduring Piece Of Contemporary Fiction This Is The Story Of Orual, Psyche S Embittered And Ugly Older Sister, Who Posessively And Harmfully Loves Psyche Much To Orual S Frustration, Psyche Is Loved By Cupid, The God Of Love Himself, Setting The Troubled Orual On A Path Of Moral DevelopmentSet Against The Backdrop Of Glome, A Barbaric, Pre Christian World, The Struggles Between Sacred And Profane Love Are Illuminated As Orual Learns That We Cannot Understand The Intent Of The Gods Till We Have Faces And Sincerity In Our Souls And Selves

10 thoughts on “Till We Have Faces

  1. Chloe says:

    Ironically, though Lewis considered this to be his best work, it is not very well known Even among those who label themselves as Lewis fans, the work is not often read Few people even know that it exists Among the few, I would guess that there are a significant number feigning ignorance so as not to delve into the pages Perhaps it is because the book is so often seen as a philosophical theological work, something scholarly and dense and difficult to read The somewhat colorless covers that t Ironically, though Lewis considered this to be his best work, it is not very well known Even among those who label themselves as Lewis fans, the work is not often read Few people even know that it exists Among the few, I would guess that there are a significant number feigning ignorance so as not to delve into the pages Perhaps it is because the book is so often seen as a philosophical theological work, something scholarly and dense and difficult to read The somewhat colorless covers that the tale is often subjected to do not help matters However, the majority of those who actually give this book a chance arethan pleased by the outcome.First of all, let me remind readers that Lewis wanted his stories to be, first and foremost, stories Whatever you may think of his personal beliefs should not affect the reading of the tale, as it was written to BE a tale Lewis did not set about to write a story based off of a principle Rather, he set out to write a story, and the principles of the author cannot be separated from the work as the work is a part of the author s mind That is why ideas are dubbed brain children.Lewis s story itself is a masterpiece of imagination, scholarly knowledge, plot and great insight into the human character It is the tale of Psyche and Cupid However, rather than star the beautiful heroine of the myth, the main character is Psyche s older sister, Orual, a strong woman cursed with a hideous face The story covers her love of Psyche, as well as her overall desire for love and her anger with the gods This tale is set in a world of myth so well realized that it never once feels artificial Many myth inspired works feel unreal, as if the myth was painted on and the author only knew a little of his own world Such is not the case in Till We Have Faces It is believable from start to finish This is strengthened by the tangibility of the characters themselves No one is painted black or white All are real human beings with feelings, hopes and reasons for their actions Some criticism has been placed on this book concerning its depth True, this is not light reading This is not Eragon, after all The story does have philosophical elements, as well as theological ones The tale is one of contrasts between classical and cultic paganism between beauty and ugliness between trust and jealousy Also, the emotional current of the story is certainly passionate and the tone is dark However, I do not see why any of these traits should prevent a reading I read this book for the first time when I was twelve The language may not be incredibly easy, but neither is it too dense nor too difficult to understand

  2. Sørina says:

    List of beauties The epigraph Love is too young to know what conscience is The first line of Shakespeare s Sonnet 151 Lewis makes the quotation speak of Orual s sub moral love, Psyche s super moral love, and the god s supra mortal love Dedication To Joy Davidman TWHF was published in 1956, when Lewis was married to Joy He says somewhere that she was so involved in his mental processes during the creation of this book as to be almost a co author The first sentence I am old no List of beauties The epigraph Love is too young to know what conscience is The first line of Shakespeare s Sonnet 151 Lewis makes the quotation speak of Orual s sub moral love, Psyche s super moral love, and the god s supra mortal love Dedication To Joy Davidman TWHF was published in 1956, when Lewis was married to Joy He says somewhere that she was so involved in his mental processes during the creation of this book as to be almost a co author The first sentence I am old now and have not much to fear from the anger of gods It sets the tone for the entire first section of the novel it paints a vague historical and geographical context by the mere word gods it encapsulates the character s past and present, age and attitude, faith and heresy The psychological honesty about the human sense of injustice by the gods Who has not been tempted to say to God, It s not fair The fairy tale feeling The Stepmother, a nurse, a tutor, a dark god in a darker house, an agricultural society infused with emotional realism, peopled by complex, timeless, modern characters The Fox Wise, stoic, affectionate, stolid, tender, clever, witty, loveable, loving, a seeker of knowledge, a story teller, a muddled mixture of the practical and the fantastical The intuitive, experiential understanding of the truth that The Law Kills The smell of the horror of holiness hanging around the Priest of Ungit, human sacrifice, temple prostitution, ritual superstition, the essence of a pre Christian religion Psyche herself True beauty As a newborn, she made bright all the corner of the room in which she lay Always laughing, making all others laugh, merry, truthful, obedient, virtuous, spirited, compassionate, selfless In her was the Form of the Beautiful, what every woman ought to have been and meant to be The Fox calls her Helen one of Lewis s great symbols, and Joy Davidman s other name The subtlety of the horrors that shattered Orual s youthful happiness No obvious catastrophes then, finally, the worst blow paganism can give sacrifice the most pure, the most beautiful, to The Brute The unanswerable nature of pre Christian language, that apes our own diction so closely, yet with such twistings In holy language, loving and devouring are the same the Bride is the Brute s Supper in a mystery, Ungit and her son are one Parodies of the Trinity, of the Eucharist, of a believer s death and resurrection in baptism The psychological perfection of the scene in Psyche s prison room on the night before the sacrifice Orual accuses Psyche of a heart of iron because it is strong and unbendable in torment Orual has lost her, and grudges her this joy This Joy When I was happiest I longed most, says Istra, for death For whatever was beyond the Grey Mountain It was so intense it almost hurt me The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to reach the Mountain or the island, or the blue flower, or the Great Beyond The longing for home Then, the perfection of the moment when each realizes the other s ignorance of an entire world When Psyche realizes Orual cannot see her palace when Orual realizes Psyche sees it right there in the fields and forest And then the rain, the terrible rain that falls on Psyche and she feels it not, and Orual tries to cover and comfort her and cannot They are divided by the gods The gods The West Wind, a young, rough god The god who comes to Psyche in the night, who looks upon Orual with passionless and measureless rejection And the ending is the most Sublime piece of writing I have encountered I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer You are yourself the answer Before your face questions die away What other answer would suffice That is a perfect summary of Christian theology all you need to know to be saved, yet couched in mythology

  3. Jeremy says:

    One of the lesser known of Lewis fiction works, this is a masterful retelling of the mythological story of Cupid and Psyche that paints a vivid picture of how selfish humanly love is, and to what extent we will go to protect it The narrative serves to humble the reader as the heroine of the novel transforms from the pitiable victim to the chief antagonist, and at the same time we realize that we are her, always pondering on the wrongs done to us and the shortcomings we experience It s an exce One of the lesser known of Lewis fiction works, this is a masterful retelling of the mythological story of Cupid and Psyche that paints a vivid picture of how selfish humanly love is, and to what extent we will go to protect it The narrative serves to humble the reader as the heroine of the novel transforms from the pitiable victim to the chief antagonist, and at the same time we realize that we are her, always pondering on the wrongs done to us and the shortcomings we experience It s an excellent novel that speaks to how we, as humans, tend to see our own plight in life as the most dire, and perceive others as being part of our plight or calloused to our plight Yet, in the end, we are most likely the villains in a myriad of others stories as much as the tragic hero of our own A great reminder that whatever my circumstances, I am in thousands of stories other than my own, and only I can choose the color of my character

  4. Bradley says:

    This seems to be the right time of year to pick out a ton of books all focused on retelling old Greek myths Perennial favorite C S Lewis went out of his way to retell the story of Psyche and Cupid from the PoV of Orual, the ugly sister, and it s a very well told tale He admits he uses the original as a template and goes on to make a muchpsychological and grounded tale than the original, and he pulls it off delightfully, full of Orual s obsessive angst, her striving to be better, her com This seems to be the right time of year to pick out a ton of books all focused on retelling old Greek myths Perennial favorite C S Lewis went out of his way to retell the story of Psyche and Cupid from the PoV of Orual, the ugly sister, and it s a very well told tale He admits he uses the original as a template and goes on to make a muchpsychological and grounded tale than the original, and he pulls it off delightfully, full of Orual s obsessive angst, her striving to be better, her complaints against the gods, and eventually the god s replies.More than the original, I think, this retelling captures the darker andintricate differences and pulls off an entirely different level of storytelling There s the surface story, the tale told by the Fox about the actual Greek legend, and the under story which is a purely psychological exploration of all the secrets that the original legend tells us.It s very Psyche logical Out of all of Lewis works, I think I like this the best

  5. K.D. Absolutely says:

    Psychologists have long known that every person has two great longings and inward needs The first is to be loved, and the second is to love But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love.For me, the above statements summarize the message that C S Lewis wanted to impart in his most mature and his favorite among all of his works novel, Till We Have Faces. Ugly Orual loves her beautiful youngest sister Psyche that she acts as her mother and a p Psychologists have long known that every person has two great longings and inward needs The first is to be loved, and the second is to love But when pressures and heartaches come into our lives, many give up any hope of ever finding love.For me, the above statements summarize the message that C S Lewis wanted to impart in his most mature and his favorite among all of his works novel, Till We Have Faces. Ugly Orual loves her beautiful youngest sister Psyche that she acts as her mother and a protector Famine comes into their kingdom and the priest says that to appease the goddess Ungit Aphrodite , Psyche should be sacrificed to the goddess son Brute Cupid However, the son falls in love with Psyche Orual goes to the mountain to bury Psyche s bone but she finds that Psyche is alive and Psyche shows Orual her invisible to Orual s eyes house Orual believes that Psyche has married a serpent so she asks Psyche to see the face of the Brute while he is sleeping This despises the Brute so he sends Psyche to exile Missing her sister, Orual transforms into a warrior and becomesof a man than a woman and she eventually becomes the Queen of Glome, their kingdom This is a story of contrasts beauty and ugly, loyalty and deception, loving and hating This is a story of transformation, realization and redemption On the surface, this is a story of jealousy among two siblings However, when the ugly Orual is about to expire in the end, she realizes that the true reason behind her deception and that she indeed still loves her sister the beautiful Psyche Orual did not feel that she was loved by her father because of her ugliness but she was able to love Psyche from the time she was born Orual acted as Psyche s protector because she loved her sister until Psyche was sent to the mountain to appease Aphrodite s wrath Orual transformed to become a warrior and eventually a queen whose face was covered to hide her true feelings She gave up on love. Some say that, unlike the otherpopular works of C S Lewis, this book does not have any Christian theme but for me, the veil covering Orual s face signifies sin jealousy, pride and deception The Bible says that until we first recognize ourselves as sinners, we will not be able to accept Jesus as our personal savior The realization that Orual experienced in the end was not too late for her to know that she did what she did because of her love for Psyche Before she died, she got love back. My friend is right The better part of this book is at the last few pages The dream like sequence of Orual being with the dead is like standing before God at the day of one s death It is full of philosophical thoughts and beautiful Christian metaphors that have been the trademarks of C S Lewis s works I had earlier read 4 of his other books first three books of Narnia and A Grief Observed and for me this is the best I am not a big fan of fantasy books and for most of the middle parts, this book bored me However, when I came to the last part, my mind was just blown away and it left me teary eyed this morning One of the best books I have read this year It gave me a strong feeling that this might really be the best work of C S Lewis Tina thanks for recommending this book to me Your taste on books is really impeccable Atty Monique thanks for lending me this book You who have the most generous heart

  6. Douglas Wilson says:

    Stupendous World class Top drawer.Finished an audio version of it in August of 2016 I have read this a total of three times Once when I was young, and I didn t like it The second time was in 2003, and I thought it was great This time, and greater still.

  7. Emily says:

    A must read for any Lewis fan He began the book as an unbeliever a case against God and finished it some 30 years later fully converted Almost autobiographical, you get a real sense of his own spiritual awakening It is claimed to be his personal favorite The name comes from the scripture Now we see through a glass, darkly but then face to face..shall I know even as also I am known Better than anything I ve read, it describes the process of developing faith and finding and becoming li A must read for any Lewis fan He began the book as an unbeliever a case against God and finished it some 30 years later fully converted Almost autobiographical, you get a real sense of his own spiritual awakening It is claimed to be his personal favorite The name comes from the scripture Now we see through a glass, darkly but then face to face..shall I know even as also I am known Better than anything I ve read, it describes the process of developing faith and finding and becoming like God Amazing The actual Cupid Psyche myth is summarized in the back of the book Read it first for context

  8. Cindy Rollins says:

    I have read this book over and over again Perhaps it is the book I have rereadthan any other I used to read it because I didn t get it and felt I should Now I love it Listening, this time, to Nadia May, I really did become Orual, so full of self deception, or perhaps I shouldsay that I recognized myself in herclearly Ouch This is the plumb line for 5 star books.Lewis is still my favorite author and probably my favorite person in general, my best friend How can it be that I ve I have read this book over and over again Perhaps it is the book I have rereadthan any other I used to read it because I didn t get it and felt I should Now I love it Listening, this time, to Nadia May, I really did become Orual, so full of self deception, or perhaps I shouldsay that I recognized myself in herclearly Ouch This is the plumb line for 5 star books.Lewis is still my favorite author and probably my favorite person in general, my best friend How can it be that I ve never sat down and had tea with him It seems like I must have 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 I am thankful that when we see Him, Jesus, face to face we will be like Him

  9. Mary Victoria says:

    I had a rather ambivalent relationship with author C.S Lewis prior to reading this book On the one hand, I loved the breadth and energy of his imagination, respected his scholarship and appreciated the way he was able to entertain children he did have the knack for writing a page turner On the other I balked at the far too blatant theological overtones in his stories, the rampant racism and abhorrence of women to wit, the attitudes of a 1950 s Oxbridge scholar firmly entrenched in his era I had a rather ambivalent relationship with author C.S Lewis prior to reading this book On the one hand, I loved the breadth and energy of his imagination, respected his scholarship and appreciated the way he was able to entertain children he did have the knack for writing a page turner On the other I balked at the far too blatant theological overtones in his stories, the rampant racism and abhorrence of women to wit, the attitudes of a 1950 s Oxbridge scholar firmly entrenched in his era It was frustrating to me all thebecause I loved him, or almost loved him I could not deny he had a splendid, soaring mind He just tended to load down his own wings with the most abominably heavy clutter It made him a fine writer of Christian apologetics, apparently I have not read that aspect of his work, but unfortunately also turned him into a flawed storyteller Storytellers should not try to be preachers of any stripe it kills the tale But that is another subject for discussion, which I won t go into here Suffice to say that I generally came away disappointed from Lewis fiction.I had read the Narnia series, of course, as well as some of his adult science fiction titles That Hideous Strength before picking up Till We Have Faces I approached the book with reservations, expecting to encounter the problems mentioned above Almost immediately however I realised this book was in a different league Yes, there are times when the man Lewis transparently pontificates through the lips of his female protagonist Yes, the attitudes towards women are still a little skewed, still a little off But something else shines through Here Lewis has successfully tapped into the universality of myth he has gone a step further and discarded some of his dogmas in favour of amystical line of storytelling I was immediately caught up and carried away by this fable retold, ostensibly a historical narrative in the confessional mode, with unabashedly spiritual overtones.The book revisits the Cupid and Psyche myth from the point of view of one of Psyche s sisters, Maia or Orual, who feels the gods have treated her unfairly and wishes to set the record straight She gives us the story from her point of view, starting with her childhood and the birth of baby Psyche, all the way through to the well known tale of how her beloved sister became the bride of a mysterious man who refused to show his face Lewis does a wonderful job of bringing the ancient kingdom of Glome to life, with all its political intrigues, religious rites and rituals, layerings of history, myth and magic He has also in Orual created a truly appealing character his only female character I have ever fully identified with One can t help but sympathize with her complaint against the gods I will not spoil the central point of the grievance how exactly Orual feels she was cheated suffice to say that she is magnificent, and flawed, and all things a good hero should be.I am thrilled to find C.S Lewis in this instance to be every bit the storyteller I hoped for

  10. Dave says:

    We want God to be just By just we mean that we desire that God rule in our favor But we don t think enough what might result should God heed the council of our minds and hearts Would we have God make us what we wish to be, or make us what God knows we are meant to be And what of others How would even our loved ones fair if God treated them as we thought God should So many want their redress from God and yet curse God for the outcome.Till We Have Faces by C S Lewis is about accusing God We want God to be just By just we mean that we desire that God rule in our favor But we don t think enough what might result should God heed the council of our minds and hearts Would we have God make us what we wish to be, or make us what God knows we are meant to be And what of others How would even our loved ones fair if God treated them as we thought God should So many want their redress from God and yet curse God for the outcome.Till We Have Faces by C S Lewis is about accusing God for the unjust ways in which he treats mortals And also the book is about God s answer to that charge Are the gods not just Oh no, child What would become of us if they were But come and see I ended my first book with the words no answer I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer You are yourself the answer Before your face questions die away Till We Have Faces is not an easy book It takes some skill to read, and probably does not do all its work until the third orreading Those who like their discussions of God neat and tidy will likely misunderstand the book or even be repulsed by it The pagan priest has what might be the best lines, Holy places are dark places It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood