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Summary

C. S. Lewis reworks the timeless myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction in this novel about the struggle between sacred and profane love.

Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery.

Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

©1956 C. S. Lewis PTE, Ltd. (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"In Mr. Lewis's sensitive hands the ancient myth retains its fascination while being endowed with new meanings, new depths, new terrors." (Saturday Review)

"Whenever Nadia May reads, a sensation of comfort creeps into the atmosphere. Her vocal clarity and understanding of the author's meaning bring pleasure and even security to the listening of each work." (AudioFile)   

"The most significant and triumphant work that Lewis has...produced." (New York Herald Tribune

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Neglected masterpiece beautifully read.

For me, this is C.S. Lewis' greatest book. The retelling of the legend of Cupid and Psyche is so imaginative and compelling that it makes you want to extend train journeys. The ending is profound and satisfying. Nadia May is one of the best readers on this site. A must.

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A must for all C S Lewis fans

A wonderful story impeccably red and told with care and interest.
Must be one of Lewis’s best writings.

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Superbly crafted story

Would you listen to Till We Have Faces again? Why?

Yes. There is so much detail and so many levels that you get something more from each reading.
I have read the paper copy multiple times, and bought the audio book to listen while commuting

What did you like best about this story?

The observation on how and why people behave the way that they do, which is so close to reality.

Any additional comments?

Narration was good apart from the attempt at a greek accent, that came across to me more like Russian.

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Loved the narration, it was really easy to follow. The story line was also really great

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God as Cupid

If you could sum up Till We Have Faces in three words, what would they be?

We are Psyche

What was one of the most memorable moments of Till We Have Faces?

The sisters having the emotional argument on the river bank when one could see the castle and the other couldn't.

Which character – as performed by Nadia May – was your favourite?

Psyche.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end.