Monday, March 16, 2009

The Twilight Book Club reads "'Till We Have Faces"

On Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 PM, the Twilight Book Club will meet to discuss 'Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, 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, the beautiful Psyche's embittered and ugly older sister, who believes that she loves Psyche above all else. Much to Orual's dismay, Psyche is stolen away by Cupid, the god of love himself, leading Queen Orual to set down in writing the story of her life as a lasting testimony against the cruelty of the gods.

In this last novel that the Oxford Don claimed had been germinating since he first encountered the original myth in his undergraduate days, C. S. Lewis asks a central question -- “Why must the holy places be dark places?” Setting his story against the backdrop of Glome, a barbaric, pre-Christian world, Lewis explores in his characteristically lucid fashion the eternal struggles between sacred and profane love.

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

Book group copies are available at the Circulation Desk. For more information, contact Darrell Eifert at deifert (at)

The Twilight Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Dorothy Little room.


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