I did read all of this book. It was the book for the month of February for Semicolon's Book Club. I wasn't sure how much I would like it, since C.S. Lewis' books are ones that I sometimes like, and sometimes don't. But I dove in, trying not to make any judgments about it until I was finished.
"The story is set in the fictional kingdom of Glome around the last centuries of B.C. (approx. 100-200 years before Christ's birth). As the story is narrated by Princess Orual it characteristically follows her life, from a young girl to an old woman, with everyone else taking the role of supporting characters. Thus along the way the reader learns of Psyche and her story and what part Orual plays in it. Although a story of Orual, Psyche is very much at the heart of it, it is because of Psyche that Orual is even telling her story -- a story that she believes to be an accurate and truthful account of her life and which she will use to plead her case before the gods, whom she believes have treated her unfairly." (A Library is a Hospital For the Mind)
"There are two daughters of a mean old king in a barely civilized fictitious land. Their mother has died. The older daughter, Orual, is but a child observing. The king marries another wife for another political link but more so for a son. But this young mother, dying at delivery, produces only another baby girl. Orual takes it upon herself to become the baby's new mother. And baby Istra is a remarkable beauty. Orual has learned from their Greek slave/tutor that Istra means Psyche in Greek. As she grows she only becomes more beautiful - for she is bright and meek and kind as well." (Love To Learn)
"In Till We Have Faces Lewis reworks the myth of the Psyche and Cupid. It is a compelling story of Love, and Love’s imitators (desire, dependency, etc). Lewis’ adaptation is complete with vibrant characters, an absorbing plot, and many layers of meaning for those who can’t resist the temptation to explore and deconstruct them.
I expect this book to be on my list of favorite books read in 2007." (Kevin Stilley)
So, there you are. Call me ignorant, or call me uninformed. I just didn't get very much out of this book. Yes, I did see the allegory and "layers of meaning" (probably not all, but some). I simply didn't enjoy it. Sorry.