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Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 14, 2017
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Fascinated by the myth of Cupid and Psyche throughout his life, C. S. Lewis wrote this, his last novel, to retell their story from the perspective of Psyche’s sister, Orual: “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?” Lewis provides an engaging retelling of one of the most popular myths from antiquity with what The Saturday Review called “new meaning, new depths, new terrors.” With his trademark insightfulness, Lewis reminds us of our own fallibility and the role of a higher power in our lives.
About the Author
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, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than 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 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 have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.
- Publisher : HarperOne; Reissue edition (February 14, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062565419
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062565419
- Lexile measure : 860L
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.83 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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• To love, and to lose what we love, are equally things appointed for our nature.
• There is a love deeper than theirs who seek only the happiness of their beloved.
• There must, whether the gods see it or not, be something great in the mortal soul. For suffering, it seems, is infinite, and our capacity without limit.
• 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?
Most artful was the way Lewis subtly weaved theological allegory and themes into Till We Have Faces. Orual’s realization of her own decades of self-deception is certainly something we all can relate to, as we age and grow to see a world outside of ourselves.
I loved everything about this book.
This book isn’t for children, and some of the events in the books aren’t appropriate for younger readers. If you’re an adult, I think this fiction is perfect for you. The book is great as fiction, but when read from a theological perspective it goes to new heights.
I’m so glad I took the recommendation of a friend and read this book. I don’t often read fiction.
C.S. Lewis was just one of those minds that, when I've been asked by others which famous individual, dead or alive, I'd most like to sit and have a conversation with, he is most assuredly at the top of my list.
This tale is just, wow... It grips me and drags me through its minefield of perfect prose and grand, epic storytelling. I'm just in awe and in love with his portrayal of these godlike characters made human. And well, maybe that was his point: to really bring home the idea that we are, all of us, so very very human.
I highly recommend this book to any lovers of fiction, classical mythology, psychology, or just the everyday reader!