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on 12 July 2015
Great book by CS Lewis on the different types of love. Brilliant for anyone seeking to deepend their understanding of various types of attachment and love as categorised by CS Lewis. For anyone new to CS Lewis, like myself, may be helpful to note that the book is written from a Christian perspective, which I personally rather liked despite not ascribing to the faith myself. I personally found that the Christian references were relevent to the content of the book, and really weren't overbearing or overly intrusive to the extent that it became annoying. See my five star recommendation! I would go so far as to say this book should be highly recommended as essential reading for anyone over the age of 16 as a good introductory text to the topic.
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on 28 May 2012
The book does have a sort of introduction, but it thrusts the reader straight into Lewis' argument making it more like a first chapter than an outline of what the book is about. He wrestles a little with different types of loves as he defines them. He then goes on to try and break these down in relation to the likings and loves for things which are not human, with a particular focus given to the notion of patriotism.

The bulk of the book, though, is concerned with the 4 particular loves which the title implies. Namely, these are Affection, Friendship, Eros and Charity.

Each of these is quite tightly argued by Lewis, very much in the same style as he wrote The Problem of Pain. They are also slightly surprising. In other writings from Lewis, he had always come across as very conservative, yet this collection has smatterings of some refreshingly liberal thought, particularly when it comes to sexuality.

The essay on friendship is the longest, at around 40 pages, with each of the others around the 30 page mark. It's not easy to summarise each one, so I won't try. But I'd recommend them to you. They are by no means holistic, but they are immensely thought provoking; for that alone, they are well worth the price of the book.

Yet I couldn't help feeling that the last chapter was a bit of a let-down. Through the first three essays, Lewis was keen to emphasise that for all the good that these loves are and do, that there is a risk of them `becoming gods' in our lives, which was leading up the last chapter where all would be subjugated under charity. Yet the chapter seemed to lack coherence and the argument seemed to fall apart.

That said, there is plenty of good, thoughtful writing here and I would recommend it. It's just that I had extremely high expectations and it fell short of it, like a high jumper failing to get over the pole vault bar.
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on 17 March 2018
Really nice book with a lot of detail and some examples about the four loves. I do wish C. Lewis went into a bit more detail about the importance of the different loves. Anyone looking for an insight into love should definitely pick up this book, you will learn a lot about yourself.
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on 4 June 2016
One of the best book i've read from C.S Lewis. Very insightful in looking love not only in four different types of love, but different perspective such as gift-love and need-love.

The way he phrases the paragraph in the book is also beautiful and well written. Highly recommend to anyone who was to gather more insight on what love is.
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on 13 March 2018
worth reading - Lewis demonstrates his brilliant mind with a tender heart
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on 23 September 2017
Incredible. What a brilliant mind and an incredible perspective on love in its divine context. I would highly recommend to those who like
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on 3 October 2017
Excellent access to classical literature.
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on 15 July 2017
Usual thought provoking read from this author.Timeless.
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on 21 December 2017
excellent book/price
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on 2 July 2013
This book is an excellent guide to understanding love in all its forms. Every person should read this. Many best authors refer to this work when discussing relationships. Very usefull, easy understandable English.
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