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Surprised by Joy
Surprised by Joy
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise, Entertaining, Beautifully Written, 13 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Surprised by Joy (Paperback)
I have loved this book for the better part of thirty years - - and not simply because it is the autobiography of one of my favorite authors. I would revere this book if it was the only work by C. S. Lewis that had ever been published.
Lewis himself said that the best part of many long novels, such as Dickens's, is the beginning - - the childhood years. As an autobiographer Lewis excels here, too, with his account of his imaginative formation in a big old Belfast house and as a junior member of a family that included some eccentrics indeed. We read on to an account of his school-days miseries that rivals George Orwell's notorious essay "'Such, Such Were the Joys'." (One of Lewis's masters was institutionalized as insane within a year or so of Lewis's leaving the school.) Later, we read of his wartime experiences. (He did not have to serve in World War I, by the way, as Irish-born.)
Are you a Tolkien fan? You'll enjoy Lewis's account of his wary meeting with a "Papist" philologist.
The account of his conversion is, of course, a classic, one that people may, I believe, be reading for decades, even centuries, to come; many people have found it useful in understanding their own spiritual experiences.
The book is generous, poetic, and fresh.
Dale Nelson English Department Mayville State University, USA
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Samuel Palmer: Paintings and Drawings (Ashmolean Handbooks)
Samuel Palmer: Paintings and Drawings (Ashmolean Handbooks)
by Colin Harrison
Edition: Paperback

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earthly Paradise, 13 Jun. 2000
Samuel Palmer, disciple of William Blake, created most of his masterpieces during a few years as a young man in Shoreham, Kent. A number of these joyous works are reproduced in Colin Harrison's book, including the suite of six drawings such as "Early Morning." There is something more than nostalgia here -- call it vision.


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