Till We Have Faces

by Lewis, C S

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold is a 1956 parallel novel by C. S. Lewis. It is a retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche, which had haunted Lewis all his life, and which is itself based on a chapter of The Golden Ass of Apuleius. The first part of the book is written from the perspective of Psyche's older sister Orual, and is constructed as a long-withheld accusation against the gods.

First Edition Identification and Notes

The book was first published by Geoffrey Bles, London,  in 1956. The novel is octavo and features original blue cloth with gilt lettering to the spine.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1957-  This is the first American Edition. Hardcover with red cloth over boards, features silver and black lettering along with illustrations on the spine.

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On Nov 26, 2010, arslectoris said:
"Till We Have Faces" is my very favourite of the many excellent C. S. Lewis works I have read. On the surface, it is a retelling of the classic Greek myth of Psyche and Cupid, but in Lewis's capable hands it takes on far greater depth and signifigance- using the form of the myth, he creates a beautiful story of one woman's journey into bitterness and despair, and beyond it into joy. There are many striking themes woven into this tale, but the one that most impressed itself upon me was the question asked at the very end of the book, "how can we see the gods face-to-face until we have faces?" In other words, how can we understand God unless we are like Him? We are not like Him; He would not be God if we were- so how can we judge Him? We cannot judge Him; He is the one who judges us, and until we understand that, we are like the main character in this book, wandering bitterly in the dark because we will not accept the light on God's terms. Till We Have Faces is an incredible illustration of the truth that God is incomprehensible, and that when we attempt to judge Him we are really only judging ourselves. I very highly recommend this book!

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