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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107604729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107604728
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Lewis is at one and the same time provocative, tactful, biased, open-minded, old-fashioned, far-seeing, very annoying and very wise.' Church Times

'This genuinely provocative little book … Professor Lewis makes the best case against evaluative criticism that I have read.' David Daiches, New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amid the complex welter of current critical theories, C. S. Lewis's wisdom is valuably down-to-earth, refreshing and stimulating in the questions it raises about the experience of reading.

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As a person whose life is dedicated to art in all its various incarnations, this has proved the single most enlightening work I have ever had the pleasure of reading. While it itself is literary criticism and in one sense not literature but a study thereof, it's the most radical, revolutionary book I have read regarding art. Before I can continue, one point needs to be cleared first.
I'm a Christian, and I believe the single most important priority is to lead people to the knowledge and saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can do such through art. However, anything that Lewis wrote that lead someone to Jesus is, of course, more important than this book in that respect. Jesus comes first, art comes underneath that in priority, as do all things. That being said:

AN EXPERIMENT IN CRITICISM is the single most important work C. S. Lewis has produced when it comes to literature and the arts. THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, the SPACE TRILOGY, and TILL WE HAVE FACES are literature, but this overwhelms them all - not because of what it is (a universal principle that can be applied to art), but because of what it is not (a story or work of art that not everyone will have the same taste for). People may or may not like his fiction (although I find it rare to meet a person who doesn't like NARNIA) - but this book anyone can appreciate, especially those interested in literature in specific and art in general (for, although it concerns itself primarily with literature, this book also stands in defense of drama, music, painting, and the artistic endeavours of humankind in general). Because there are differing tastes in terms of fiction, people who will not read Lewis's own literature will (or should) read this.
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Excellent condition, very good price, and very quickly delivered. Supplier fully deserves five stars. This is a book which I read many years ago and made me much more self-confident and relaxed about what I enjoyed reading. I lent my copy to someone who did not return it, and look forward to rereading.
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By ABShaef VINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2015
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I simply love this book and I am happy to say that it proves Lewis's point about rereading good books quite well. Where 10+ years ago I found it difficult to understand in parts with some flashes of brilliance, upon reading it again I found it utterly brilliant and insightful through and through.

The questions he asks, "What do we mean when we say a book is good or bad?" "How do we judge between literature of quality and mere drivel?" And how he answers them by looking at the different ways people read books sheds helpful light on the way we think and talk about books. I could rave and rave about this book, but I won't. I'll just leave it at that and say, if you have an interest in books, and if you're reading this I'll assume you do, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It's wonderful.
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Reading this book I was reminded of the book on writing by Dorothy Sayers called "The Mind of the Maker". That was itself a wonderful book with the writer having a clear scheme of how she saw the role of the writer. What was most insightful was her perception of a Trinitarian structure to writing. Lewis' book is very different - its about the art of reading, namely what makes a good reader of a book. The question of what is or what is not a good book is not addressed head on. Instead we get reflecting on how and how not to read a book. The book does not have the organic unity of Sayers' book and I am not sure after a single reading whether I can encapsulate what Lewis is trying to say. Undoubtedly a key element for Lewis is that reading must not be utilitarian, the reader must surrender or rest in a work and given himself over to it like he would to play or to contemplation ("The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender") . He contrasts this with using art: "Using is inferior to reception because art, if used rather than received, merely facilitates, brightens, relieves and palliates our life, and does not add to it".

So, for Lewis, there is a quasi spiritual aspect to reading. For Lewis, the person who is only interested in what happened is unlikely to be a good reader. The value of this book lies not therefore in the coherence of its message (its not entirely clear to me) but rather in a number of highly perceptive statements scattered throughout the work such as:
"Those who read great works, on the other hand, will read the same work ten, twenty or thirty times during the course of their life". This statement surprised me - yes I have read some books 2 or 3 times but this number?
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Having just read the McGrath Biography of C.S. Lewis, I thought I should acquaint/re-acquaint myself with his writing, and am glad I did.
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