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#DailyBookQuote 31Dec13 : C S Lewis’ Till We Have Faces

#DailyBookQuote : 31st December 2013

 CS Lewis

–          C S Lewis (November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963)

–          C S Lewis’ Till We Have Faces

This tale of two princesses – one beautiful and one unattractive – and of the struggle between sacred and profane love is Lewis’s reworking of the myth of Cupid and Psyche and one of his most enduring works. The first part of the book is written from the perspective of Psyche’s older sister Orual, as an accusation against the gods. The book is set in the fictional kingdom of Glome, a primitive city-state whose people have occasional contact with civilized Hellenistic Greece. In the second part of the book, the narrator, now years older, undergoes a change of mindset and understands that her initial accusation was tainted by her own failings and shortcomings, and that the gods are lovingly present in humans’ lives.

 

One thought on “#DailyBookQuote 31Dec13 : C S Lewis’ Till We Have Faces

  1. Lewis considered Till We Have Faces to be his best work, yet it is less popular than most of his other work. I found it difficult to read, perhaps because I lack the background in the classics necessary to be familiar with the myth that it is based upon.

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