Books: Psyche in Paradise

TILL WE HAVE FACES (313 pp.)—C. S. Lewis—Horcourt, Brace ($4.50).

C.S. Lewis is an Oxford and Cambridge don who has long been an apostle to the well-educated agnostic. To scoop unbelievers out of the waters of doubt into the net of faith, Anglican Lewis uses all sorts of urbane literary lures ranging from Platonic debate (The Screwtape Letters) through self-confessions (Surprised by Joy) to Gothic-romantic fictional allegory (Perelandra). This last category, to which the present book belongs, displays Lewis at his most difficult.

Till We Have Faces twists the ancient Psyche myth into strange new shapes. The action takes place in the...

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