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If You Want Something to Read . . . December 28, 2006

Posted by Danielle in Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis.

before starting Till We Have Faces, consider reading a short C. S. Lewis’ biography, posted at the official C. S. Lewis website, the C. S. Lewis Institutue. We’ll start discussing this book on January 2nd (since the 1st is a holiday). Enjoy and we’ll meet back here next year! 🙂



1. bethany3boys - December 30, 2006

Thanks Danielle,
I got my book and am getting ready to start it. 🙂

2. Ashleigh - December 30, 2006

Thanks for providing that link, Danielle. So interesting! What a sad childhood he had — with the death of his mother and then the withdrawal of his father.

I love how the profile ended with this being one of the quotes from Lewis: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

I’m several chapters into Until We Have Faces. Not sure what to make of it yet, so I’m looking forward to the discussion!

3. Danielle - January 1, 2007

Yes Ashleigh, it’s a little bizarre in the beginning, but stick with it. I ended up liking it, even though I wasn’t sure a few chapters into it.

4. Ashleigh - January 1, 2007

Danielle, it’s funny, one of my pet peeves is male authors writing from a female perspective. When I first started reading the book and realized that this is what Lewis is doing, I was like, “Oh no!” But so far I’m finding myself caught up enough in the story (although it is quite weird up to this point) that I believe the voice of the storytelling character despite this.

5. Danielle - January 1, 2007

It did catch my attention to realize Lewis was writing in a female voice. I think it was also jarring because the whole book seems very “un-Lewis” like to me. I mean it’s very different from his previous books I’ve read. Weird is a good word for this book in the beginning. It feels slighly like a mixture of science fiction with Greek myths woven in.

6. heather - January 2, 2007

Ashleigh, When I first read this book (a number of years ago) I never really paused and thought about the idea of a man writing from a woman’s perspective, but I can understand why that would be a pet peeve! It’s kinda like having a male OB/GYN! Ha ha!

What I did notice, and what is very “un-Lewis” like, is the fact that he uses a first-person narrator. I think that all of his other works of fiction use the more reliable, third-person voice. As the story unfolds, however, and more importantly, when it ends, you’ll see why his choice of voice is a critical one for this work. By writing from Orual’s point of view, Lewis leaves it to the reader to discover her faults and her foibles.

7. bethany3boys - January 2, 2007

Did you ever read Memoirs of a Geisha? That book was written first person and the writer was a male writing as a female. I couldn’t believe it the whole book I kept having to remind myself that a man wrote it. He was so believable it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!

8. Danielle - January 2, 2007

Oh yeah, I forgot about that book. You’re right, that was really amazing. I never noticed a man was writing it. I think it would be so hard to write from a convincing male perspective.

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