Till We Have Faces   -     By: C.S. Lewis
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This homeschool product specifically reflects a Christian worldview. Till We Have Faces

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1985 / Paperback

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The unlovely Orual, eldest daughter of the King of Glome, becomes so consumed by her mingled love for and jealousy of her beautiful half-sister that she makes a complaint to the gods---and receives an answer she did not expect. This novel, possibly Lewis' best work and his personal favorite, is the compelling reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. 313 pages, softcover from Harcourt.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1985
Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0156904365
ISBN-13: 9780156904360
Availability: In Stock

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“I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer . . . Why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?”

Haunted by the myth of Cupid and Psyche throughout his life, C.S. Lewis wrote this, his last, extraordinary novel, to retell their story through the gaze of Psyche’s sister, Orual. Disfigured and embittered, Orual loves her younger sister to a fault and suffers deeply when she is sent away to Cupid, the God of the Mountain. Psyche is forbidden to look upon the god’s face, but is persuaded by her sister to do so; she is banished for her betrayal. Orual is left alone to grow in power but never in love, to wonder at the silence of the gods. Only at the end of her life, in visions of her lost beloved sister, will she hear an answer.

"Till We Have Faces succeeds in presenting with imaginative directness what its author has described elsewhere as ‘the divine, magical, terrifying and ecstatic reality in which we all live’ . . . [It] deepens for adults that sense of wonder and strange truth which delights children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and other legends of Narnia." —New York Times

"The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has . . . produced." —New York Herald Tribune

Author Bio

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.

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  1. pilgrimjack
    Tioga County, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Worth reading again and again
    March 18, 2013
    pilgrimjack
    Tioga County, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lewis excelled in writing fantasy. This tale based loosely on an ancient myth is definitely worth reading again and again.
  2. Lucy
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating!
    August 16, 2012
    Lucy
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Till We Have Faces was C.S. Lewis's favourite and many people regard it as his best work. It's hard to stop reading once you start! I definitely recommend this incredibly fascinating book to everyone! Read it more than once! There's so much more there than meets the eye. I guarantee that you will always find something new each time you read Till We Have Faces. I learned so much through reading this book, and still am! 
  3. Leorah
    USA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Classic!
    May 5, 2012
    Leorah
    USA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is a classic. Period, exclamation mark! I was doing some research on C.S. Lewis and when I found out this was his personal favorite, I was kind of, well...shocked. Why, I wondered, have I not heard of it? I mean, in my little world I am like the biggest C.S. Lewis fan EVER and yet...I didn't know about his personal favorite?!

    Long and short of it all, I had to buy it. After reading it, I had a new question. Why isn't this book as well known as the Chronicles of Narnia or The Screwtape Letters?!

    This book was AMAZING! It completely changed me. I feel like a new person after reading it. A wiser person. I see life and the world in a complete different perspective. Like, I cannot even BEGIN to describe what this book has done to me!

    This is a book you NEED to read and one I can't wait to pick up again! Buy it! It will change you. And for the good!
  4. MMay
    Onalaska, WI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book is excellet allegory
    February 12, 2012
    MMay
    Onalaska, WI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Books were in excellent shape. Delivery was earlier than expected. Was able to forward one of the books to a teacher friend who will use it as an option for students to read. Will keep the other. Thanks for the great service!
  5. Meaghan
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 26, 2009
    Meaghan
    "Till We Have Faces" is a timeless tale intertwined with countless morals and values that cannot possibly be discovered after being read only once. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering reading it. It's the kind of book everyone should find the time to read. But I also recommend that it be read more than once, for there is much more to this book than meets the eye. Study it and I am sure you will learn more from it than you imagined. It is not a book to simply be left on the shelf.
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