- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Collins (1 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007461232
- ISBN-13: 978-0007461233
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Great Divorce (Cs Lewis Signature Classic) Paperback – 19 Nov 2015
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‘The Great Divorce … helped me see the possibility of a really adult faith that did not avoid the toughest questions about failure and self-deception and pointed to a God absolutely and unconditionally loving and utterly, painfully, demanding in his truthfulness.’
‘There is attractive imagery and amusing satire… There are exciting speculations… Mr. Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world.’ The Guardian
About the Author
Born in Ireland in 1898, Clive Staples Lewis gained a triple First at Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College from 1925-54, where he was a contemporary of Tolkien. In 1954 he became Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. C. S. Lewis was for many years an atheist, until his conversion, memorably described in his autobiography ‘Surprised by Joy’: “I gave in, and admitted that God was God … perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” He is celebrated for his famous series of children’s books, the Narnia Chronicles (which have been filmed and broadcast many times), as well as his literary criticism and science fiction. C. S. Lewis died on 22nd November 1963.
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There are three small textual errors in the Kindle version of the book. The first is as follows:
On page 45 the text reads:
The noise, though gigantic, was like giants' laugh-ten like the revelry of a whole college of giants together ...
It should read:
The noise, though gigantic, was like giants' laughter: like the revelry of a whole college of giants together ...
On page 62, the text reads: .. the whole wood trembled and dwindled at the sound.
It should read .. the whole wood trembled and dindled at the sound.
On page 81, the text reads: ..only to Spit and gibber out in one ecstasy of hatred ..
It should read:
.. only to spit and gibber out in one ecstasy of hatred ..
It is a great book, and other than these three errors, the text is just great, conveying all of Lewis' imaginative greatness. I cannot over-emphasise just how amazing this book is; I personally re-read it about once every couple of months and am always thinking about the truths conveyed in it.
I was not disappointed I can tell you! The book is much shorter than I thought it would be, I would class it as a light read. C.S Lewis certainly does have a very distinctive writing style, and I for one loved it. The book's story is not what I thought it would be. I thought it would be quite evangelical and narrow but to my surprise it's quite open and flowing. I would recommend this book as a light read, It does make you think and it does put a different spin of Heaven,Hell and God.
Didn't find it that interesting or insightful. Will stick to Narnia!
The Great Divorce is a fantastic adult continuation of some of the concepts outlined in The Last Battle. How we can separate ourselves from God and often be unwilling to see it. It is an easy read but thoroughly challenging and highly recommended.
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