Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Originally called Bareface, a title that Lewis still stubbornly uses in his afterword, Till We Have Faces is his recasting of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Rather than focusing on the beautiful heroine of the myth, the main character is Psyche’s older sister, Orual, a strong woman cursed with a hideous face. Considered wicked in the original myth, this tale is told from Orual's perspective. It puts forth the reason why she did what she did (a wicked action from the virtue of love). Orual's journey towards reconciliation with the divine represents some of the most common and relateable journeys through life. It is a masterpiece of imagination, scholarly knowledge, plot and great insight into the human character. It is he last book C.S. Lewis published before his death
If you are a fan of myths, I would suggest this. If you are a fan of Lewis’ genius, this is a must.
for the thoughtful reader, but its multiple layers of meaning can withstand a light read as well for your entertainment.
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