All Hallows' Eve is the story of a man and woman whose love was so great it could bridge the gap of death; of evil so terrible as to be unmentionable, of a vision so beautiful it must be true. Opens with a discussion between the ghosts of two dead women wandering about London. Ultimately explores the meaning of human suffering and empathy by ...
All Hallows' Eve is the story of a man and woman whose love was so great it could bridge the gap of death; of evil so terrible as to be unmentionable, of a vision so beautiful it must be true. Opens with a discussion between the ghosts of two dead women wandering about London. Ultimately explores the meaning of human suffering and empathy by dissolving the barrier between the living and the dead through both black magic and divine love. A young woman dies to discover a London that looks right out of Dante. A painter does a portrait of a minister and discovers he has painted beetles, and the minister thanks him for it! A magician sends someone to the future. All Hallow's Eve is an amazing book in that it explores both the question of 'what happens when you die?' as well as 'what is the relationship between the dead and the living?'. Charles Williams at his best.
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It is a little too eerie for me. The first I have read of Charles Williams. I will not read more.
Mar 20, 2007
I read this book because I knew C.S. Lewis, as well as other greats (Dorothy Sayers and T.S. Eliot) had a great respect for Charles Williams. My discrepancy with the book is that the author tries to show a spiritual truth and ends up far away from any foundational truth. There is moments of rich imagery throughout the book, but the the story line leaves something to be desired.
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