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Till We have Faces, C.S. Lewis

“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.

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


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  • Vanessa

    ..GREAT!!..Sorry to come late and squirm and blip around too much on text maybe..letting off steam getting lost maybe..that is if it was disturbing..see you all sometime..should know where that cafe is now..

    July 14, 2013

  • Zainab

    A wonderful discussion. Great to meet everyone :)

    July 11, 2013

  • Edward W.

    Great Discussion. It's always a pleasure to learn something new about a beloved author. Ya'll helped me do that tonight. Thanks again.

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good meetup, great crowd

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So if you have an hour, and havent really read, this audio summarizes the story pretty well also sf-crossing-the-gulf-episode-12-till-we-have-faces-by-c-s-lewis

    July 10, 2013

  • Rebecca

    sorry, I was looking foward to this discussion, but I have to change my plans for tomorrow.

    July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's okay, Rebecca- let's try again next time

      July 9, 2013

  • Richard McAvoy S.

    I'm a fan of C S and the Inklings group, so I' delighted to read and discuss this book at this time, pivotal for the personal and the Earth,, cf. Ecocritical Thought

    June 13, 2013

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