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The Taste for the Other: Social and Ethical Thought of C.S. Lewis Paperback – 16 Sep 1998

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Fairly good. 22 May 2012
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This work, about C. S. Lewis' ethical and social thought, was fairly good. For someone who has read the majority of the things he has written, you may not learn anything new, but the information is synthesized in a very cohesive manner. For someone who has read nothing to little of his work, this work will give you a very good idea of Lewis's social and ethical thoughts, ideas of community, love, the nature of good and evil, and things of this sort. The book is full of well chosen quotations that really exemplify Lewis's ideas. I rated the book 4 stars, rather than 5, just because for someone who is completely unfamiliar with some of Lewis's works, I'm not sure that the author provides enough background for some of the quotes to make sense. This is particularly true in books like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and to a lesser extent something like the Screwtape Letters since these take place in specific contexts or fantasy worlds. So, if you are unfamiliar with these works, you may want to read the Wikipedia pages on them when you first encounter quotes from each.

If you have read a lot of Lewis and just want a reminder and condensed version of some of his thoughts, and some analysis of those thoughts, this is a good book. Or if you are less familiar with Lewis and want to get an overall view of his social and ethic thoughts, which are absolutely top notch, this is a relatively short, very readable introduction chalk full of quotations to help you experience Lewis's mode of thinking.
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