- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company; 1 edition (July 9, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156904365
- ISBN-13: 978-0156904360
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 601 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold Paperback – July 9, 1980
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At once more human and more mythic than his Perelandra trilogy, Lewis's short novel of love, faith, and transformation (both good and ill) offers the reader much food for thought in a compact, impressively rich story. Less heavy-handedly Christian-allegorical than Narnia, Till We Have Faces gives us characters who remind us of people we know facing choices and difficulties we recognize. This deceptively simple book takes on new depth with each rereading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
''He always tells a good story, and this is a splendid, vehement one, full of stone and wind and spears in an old country, wet mist on the hills. ... seems to sum up most of what Dr. Lewis has been telling us for years.'' --The Tablet
''One of the most eminently readable pieces of fiction that has come my way for a long time.'' --Yorkshire Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone, at any stage of spiritual development. It tackles tough questions about belief in something more than the material, the problem of pain in our world, the dichotomy of the human heart needing both logic and emotion...I could go on and on.
But the main character drives the themes! She is a flawed character -- highly flawed -- but because her flaws are realistic and relatable, she is also a sympathetic character and the things that happen around her give her narration credibility, even as she revels herself to be an untrustworthy narrator.
In many ways, the novel is a fictional exploration of the deep ideas that Lewis touches on in many of his non-fiction works (Mere Christianity, The Problem with Pain, and especially The Four Loves). But it is much, much more than that. I consider this to be C.S. Lewis' best novel and, more than being my favorite novel by Lewis, the best novel I have ever read.
It's not Lewis' easiest book, and his mixing of myth and Christianity (the latter never overtly expressed) makes it a sometimes difficult read. Nevertheless, it's full of insights about real love, truth, beauty and much much more. And it moves along at a surprising pace, considering the kind of book it is.
Very oddly, the publishers have put a quote on the cover of this Kindle version that's not about the book itself, but about a different book. Lewis, in a footnote at the end of TWHF writes about the origins of the story in Apuleius' Metamorphoses. He notes that Metamorphoses is a strange compound of picaresque novel, horror comic, mystagogue's tract, pornography, and stylistic experiment. The publishers do Lewis' book some considerable injustice by using this as a kind of blurb for TWHF. There's certainly no pornography in TWHF, and little of the other three elements
The story itself is compelling, emotional, and a FANTASTIC read, bringing life, humanity, and reality to a well known myth. But anyone who is willing to plumb the depths with Lewis will not be disappointed. It may grip you, convict you of viewing God and spirituality through either humanistic or even spiritually dogmatic eyes, and leave you in awe of the greatness, holiness, and "other-ness" of even the POSSIBILITY of One who will ultimately judge our thoughts and actions! Everyone should read this book!
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Till We Have Faces is in my top five favorite books of all time. This interpretation of the myth Cupid and Psyche is by far one of the most creative...Read more