Cs lewis till we have faces

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cs lewis till we have faces

Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

In this timeless tale of two mortal princesses- one beautiful and one unattractive- C.S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction. This is the story of Orual, Psyches embittered and ugly older sister, who posessively and harmfully loves Psyche. Much to Oruals frustration, Psyche is loved by Cupid, the god of love himself, setting the troubled Orual on a path of moral development.

Set against the backdrop of Glome, a barbaric, pre-Christian world, the struggles between sacred and profane love are illuminated as Orual learns that we cannot understand the intent of the gods till we have faces and sincerity in our souls and selves.
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C.S. Lewis "Till We Have Faces" Synopsis

The result is not easy reading.
C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Heaven Unshackled

Lewis , published in , that retells the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche. Reviews and sales were disappointing, probably because it was different from and more complex than the works that made him famous. Part 1 of Till We Have Faces , which consists of 21 chapters, is written by Orual as a defense of her life. Orual gives what she believes is an objectively true and accurate record of her life. Readers are thus challenged to realize that the characters and events are being described entirely from her perspective and that they look quite different from other perspectives. In the much-shorter Part 2, which consists of four chapters, Orual comes to understand, partly as a result of writing Part 1, the self-deceptions that have plagued her for most of her life. She also realizes how she has taken advantage of the people who loved her deeply and supported her loyally throughout her reign.

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Till We Have Faces is my favorite novel by C. He wrote that it was his favorite as well, though when the book came out, it was not well received by the public, and never gained much notoriety. Even today, few people even know that he wrote the book. I think that part of the problem is that even among those who have read the book, few understand what it is about. I am by no means a C. Lewis expert, but as I try to read through other things that C.

This story had haunted Lewis all his life, because he realized that some of the main characters' actions were illogical. This was his last novel, and he considered it his most mature, written in conjunction with his wife, Joy Davidman. The first part of the book is written from the perspective of Psyche 's older sister Orual, as an accusation against the gods.
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  1. Belda R. says:

    Celebrating C. S. Lewis: Till We Have Faces | Erin Straza

  2. Diesiemorthear says:

    Chronicles of Heaven Unshackled - 6. C.S. Lewis' 'Till We Have Faces' - hamiltonellis.com

  3. Freya M. says:

    Chronicles of Heaven Unshackled examines the presence and absence of God in the English novel, with particular reference to Tolkien and C.

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