“The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.”
― C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces
“Till We Have Faces,” C.S. Lewis’ retelling on the myth of Psyche and Cupid and Psyche’s meddling, jealous Orual, is a multi-layered story full of depth and meaning. It is Orual’s jealousy of the love between Psyche and Cupid, and the love of her servants and their spouses and her own lack of love that causes her to close her heart and become hard, cold, and bitter.
The tale is a cautionary one with much to ponder. Lewis was an English professor, philosopher, novelist and theologian, and he offered this parable as a warning against denying one’s love and true self to try to become something else in search of fulfillment, and success.
This was indeed one of Lewis’ most fascinating and deep novels he had ever written and is well worth your time to read and ponder.