C.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he ...Show synopsisC.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake's 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, from the disgruntled, ghostly inhabitants of Hell to the angels and souls who dwell on the plains of Heaven. This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C.S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil.Hide synopsis
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Description:New. C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both...New. C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both heaven and hell in this engaging allegorical tale. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis introduces us to supernatural beings who will change the way we think about good and evil. In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer, in a dream, finds himself in a bus which travels between Hell and Heaven. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil which takes issue with William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. In Lewis's own words, 'If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven then we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell. '
He hit this one out of the ballpark by creating a situation, making it credible and then exploring its implications. Like Screwtape, he uses humor as well as sensitivity and sensibility to redefine aspects of the afterlife. Whether one believes in one or not, the lessons for the living are clear. We are the result of our choices.
Looking for a challenge to the traditional (not necessarily as biblical as they think) ways of speaking of heaven and hell? Then this is a book for you. It will challenge and stretch your concepts of this images that are by nature larger than our capacity to understand. This book is my favorite, not only of the great C. S. Lewis, but in general. If you liked other Lewis books, you'll love this one. It is great to discuss within a group setting as well as it invites lots of conversation.
As with any CS Lewis book, this one requires a quiet room and full concentration (and in my case-rereading several passages). If gives insight as only Lewis can into things that no one can really know, and is done with humor that belies the seriousness of the topic. If you like CS Lewis you will love this book, if you have never read Lewis, it is a nice short one to start with.
C S Lewis is never as wonderful as when playing with images and ideas. This, along with Screwtape, shows him at his best. He creates a situation, makes it credible and then explores its implications without being preachy. He was a superb craftsman.
C S Lewis hit one out of the ballpark with this one. He set up an environment wherein people were given a final choice of destinations and used the space to explore what went into both good and bad. He also made the wonderful point which I keep making to my more fervent Christian friends that there ...
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