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Meadowland: the private life of an English field
Meadowland: the private life of an English field
by John Lewis-Stempel
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

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5.0 out of 5 stars A RBook which is a Revelation, 15 Mar. 2016
This book is unbelievably evocative of the countryside of my childhood where I spent so long just watching the lives of everything around me. Lewis-Stempel has described the events in his meadow over the course of a year with such accuracy and such love that everything from the greatest to the smallest is given its meaning and its beauty, and we are shown in limpid prose how intricately these lives - of grasses, insects, creatures of all sorts - slot into the scheme of things as season follows season. I really haven't the words to describe what he has described so well; I just have to say how grateful I am to him for a book which adds so much to my early experience as to be a revelation.


The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto Classics)
The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto Classics)
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars The discarded image is the mediaeval reading of the world brilliantly reconstituted by CSLewis., 5 Jan. 2014
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The book is meticulously researched and deeply scholarly. It does away with the current PC line that the Christian tradition can be invalidated by a clever question from a boy of 7. This is because it demonstrates that a mystical tradition like Christianity has to be seen within a context which determines the questions you ask and the presuppositions with which you understand the answers. If your reality is determined by a belief in secular materialism and in purely quantitative methods of establishing the truth, the statements of a mystical theology will have absolutely no meaning for you. An understanding of the mediaeval cosmos is a good place to start for anyone wondering which of these two world views are the most exciting, the most life-filled, and the one most likely to lead them to a world they can believe in and delight in.


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