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A Grief Observed (Faber Paperbacks) [Kindle Edition]

C.S. Lewis
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A Grief Observed comprises the reflections of the great scholar and Christian on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that details his paralysing grief, bewilderment and sense of loss in simple and moving prose.

Invaluable as an insight into the grieving process just as much as it is as an exploration of religious doubt, A Grief Observed will continue to offer its consoling insights to a huge range of readers, as it has for over fifty years.

'A classic of the genre, a literary answer to the pain of loss.' Robert McCrum


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A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis, repackaged for the first time in a generation, is a classic and much-loved work on grief, loss, and solace.

About the Author

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity.

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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Tender Courage of a Grief Examined 17 July 2007
Format:Paperback
"A Grief Observed" is just that, an observation by immersion, recorded in a journal by C.S. Lewis with the great courage it requires to open one's heart in complete vulnerability when in its most raw state. It begins with a listing of physical symptoms of grief - the sense of fear, or something much like fear, in the pit of the stomach, the yawning of an expanding void, the constant swallowing, as if trying to digest and wash away this immense emotion so difficult to process. From the physical, Lewis moves in closer and with more intimate observation on this thing called grief, struggling to cope and understand. Struggling to survive. Struggling to be transformed and healed.

To understand this particular struggle, one must understand the love Lewis has lost in the death of his wife. Theirs was a short but meaningful union, one begun as a friendship that only later, after the vows were taken, moved into a love known only by true partners. Rather than modern day reversals - in which lust is too often mistaken for love, and a friendship often does not enter the union at all, and so quickly crumbling without basis to build upon - this couple has the order right. Only true friends can blossom into love. Love grows from the intimacy of knowledge of another being, and this is what this couple has enjoyed, why the one left behind now knows such immense grief. Lewis's grief is deep and now resonates for the remainder of his own life as a constant companion where his wife once was.

Few can express in words so well what, in some variation, all of us feel. Lewis is a master with words. His bring healing - to himself, and to those of us who many years later are still graced with his words in our own struggles of loss.

"The act of living is different all through.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Someone close lost her husband to cancer last year. From the diagnosis to his death was slightly over one year. Confronting this reality, I read widely on suffering and then grief, in the hope that I would be able to walk side by side with her through this journey. Though not experiencing grief first hand, I hope I would be able to have some understanding of what she has been going through and what I can say to her or do will be informed and helpful.

Most of the books I have read on the subject of suffering and grief are highly analytical, more suitable for someone who is preparing for these life events as eventual possibilities in life rather than for those who are actually confronting and dealing with them.

A Grief Observed therefore is different in its nature. It was a journal recording Lewis's thoughts during his grieving period in his hope to make him feel better. Under normal circumstances, one would properly say that this book is not very well written because it is difficult to understand; it jumps and skips; it argues with itself. But this is not a normal circumstance, Rather it is a glimpse into a grieving widower's mind; and the confusion and muddle as conveyed by the book reflects that. Perhaps it is a world that does not make sense, hence the struggle to make sense of it. In a way, one can argue that Lewis set himself a difficult task - capturing in words what cannot be captured. How many can really speak of grief, let alone a man? Very often all that we can see of grief is tremendous sadness in silence especially after the initial shock and the initial angry outbursts.

What I like about this book in particular is the honesty in questioning God. And I find it comforting that we are allowed to wrestle with Him.
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185 of 193 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So high a cost... 25 Nov. 2003
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
C.S. Lewis is perhaps best known for children's stories that also delight adults; however, during his lifetime he was best known as an inspirational speaker, not quite in the same line as modern televangelists, but nonetheless a crowd-pleaser who had subtle but strong theology to share.
C.S. Lewis was a confirmed bachelor (not that he was a 'confirmed bachelor', mind you, just that he had become set enough in his ways over time that he no longer held out the prospect of marriage or relationships). Then, into his comfortable existence, a special woman, Joy Davidson, arrived. They fell in love quickly, and had a brief marriage of only a few years, when Joy died of cancer.
This left Lewis inconsolable.
For his mother had also died of cancer, when he was very young.
Cancer, cancer, cancer!
Lewis goes through a dramatic period of grief, from which he never truly recovers (according to the essayist Chad Walsh, who writes a postscript to Lewis' book). He died a few years later, the same day as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
However, Lewis takes the wonderful and dramatic step of writing down his grief to share with others. The fits and starts, the anger, the reconciliation, the pain--all is laid bare for the reader to experience. So high a cost for insight is what true spirituality requires. An awful, awe-ful cost and experience.
'Did you know, dear, how much you took away with you when you left? You have stripped me even of my past...'
All that was good paled in comparison to the loss. How can anything be good again? This is such an honest human feeling, that even the past is no longer what is was in relation to the new reality of being alone again.
In the end, Lewis reaches a bit of a reconciliation with his feelings, and with God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 2 days ago by michael cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I read this book not long after a much loved family member died and found it to be incredibly consoling. This book will always have a special place in my heart.
Published 3 days ago by Kerry Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was useful to me in a time of my own grief
This book was useful to me in a time of my own grief. By recording intimate details and charting his grief, Lewis provides the rest of us a reassurance: reassurance that this is... Read more
Published 10 days ago by asb
5.0 out of 5 stars From a dark valley to the sunlight foothills of Heaven
If one must walk through the valley of grief, CS Lewis lets us accompany him through that valley and then out unto the sunlight foothills of Heaven.
Published 18 days ago by Elliott E. Tepper
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book I would recommend it to anyone who is ...
very good book I would recommend it to anyone who is grieving its a very small book but its well worth it
Published 1 month ago by kadi stephenson
4.0 out of 5 stars A book I'd recommend for bereaved believers.
A later edition with other writers' comments appended might have been a better buy.
Published 1 month ago by Foreclose Mallory
4.0 out of 5 stars However after reading it I found it to be a honest account of how...
bought it for a friend who has just lost her husband I read it first to see if I should send it to her. However this is hard to decide as I am not in her shoes . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gloria Ann Bassett
4.0 out of 5 stars Very honest and philosophical
I found this a very honest, pained and philosophical monologue on a very difficult subject. He does labour his points quite a bit though - often there is little that can be taken... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monkey God
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent book
Published 2 months ago by louise cook
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mind observing itself in grief
One of my favourite writers kept a journal of his grief after the death of his wife. It is surprisingly moving and not as dark as you might expect.
Published 2 months ago by Steven Shone
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