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The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast (original 1942; edition 2001)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:HarperCollins (2001), Hardcover, 224 pages

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The Screwtape Letters (with Screwtape Proposes a Toast) by C. S. Lewis (1942)

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A truly phenomenal study. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. ( )
  mlyons1 | Feb 12, 2014 |
An original perspective on temptation and sin. Very stimulating. ( )
  krista.rutherford | Jan 3, 2014 |
"The Screwtape Letters" was interesting, challenging, clever, and funny.

Each short chapter is a letter written by devil/demon Screwtape, sent to his nephew, Wormwood, regarding the latter's work. The nephew has a human he is supposed to protect from becoming a Christian, but doesn't do a good job of it despite his uncle's advice and suggestions.

I wasn't sure about this book at first: it sat on my shelves for probably ten years, unread. As I read each chapter, I began to see how well the author described humans and their nature, and used that knowledge to create an amusing little book about how people think, react, and justify themselves. It doesn't whitewash how those who consider themselves Christians don't always act in a Christian manner, either.

The additional material at the end, "Screwtape Proposes a Toast", was marvelous. C.S. Lewis just nails human nature as it truly exists.

This book is recommended for all, religious or non-religious. ( )
  fuzzi | Dec 28, 2013 |
The Screwtape Letters is a compilation of satirical letters written by C.S. Lewis in 1942. The novel, not unlike Lewis’s other works, follows a notable Christian theme; it features values and characters relevant to the faith. The story follows an exchange between Screwtape, a devil working from Hell, and Wormwood, Screwtape’s nephew. Wormwood finds himself in charge of entering the thoughts of a human in order to turn his thoughts away from “The Enemy” and have him focus more upon the “Father Below.”
What lures readers in, myself included, is the promise to deliver a spin on the typical Christian novel, offering a nearly-opposite viewpoint as a method of contrasting and juxtaposing the messages. However, this novel fails to deliver, as what was promised to be an interesting take on a tired genre becomes the same words and same mantras as the clichés, only with the word “don’t” or “not” placed in front. All messages that are sent through the letters are simply Screwtape mentioning a human instinct or innate desire that can be seen as unethical and telling his nephew to “exploit it” upwards of fifty times. As opposed to thoroughly and cleverly fleshing out the idea of a developed and organized Underworld, Hell turns out to be nothing but the opposite of what we are supposed to perceive as “good.” The result turns out to be a preachy chore of a novel that, while has very skilled sentence structure and flow at times, can be easily summarized by a half-hour church congregation or a three-hour talk with your grandmother.
  RightAboveAverage | Oct 10, 2013 |
Demons Screwtape and his nephew exchange letters as Wormwood instructs Wormwood in the ways to divert Christians from their walk with God. ( )
  trishpaw | Jun 26, 2013 |
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'The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.'
-- Luther
'The devil . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked.'
--Thomas More
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My dear Wormwood, I note what you say about guiding your Patient's reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend.
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Please do not combine this LT work with any abridged edition, or with any edition that omits Lewis' additional piece, "Screwtape Proposes a Toast." Each of these variants should be combined only with similar LT works. Thank you.

Please note that some works titled simply "The Screwtape Letters" also contain "Screwtape Proposes a Toast". If your edition is combined here and should not be then please be certain to check and, if need be, correct your ISBN before separating. The following ISBNs are of editions titled "The Screwtape Letters" but known to also contain "Screwtape Proposes a Toast":
  • 0060652896
  • 0060652934
  • 0684831171
  • 0805420401
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"Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself; the Enemy wants a world full of begins united to Him but still distinct."

Thus is the eternal war for the soul of man explained by Screwtape, a professional devil and  self-described undersecretary of the department of temptation. His brilliantly conceived letters to his nephew Wormwood - a "junior temptor" - sparkle with the suavity of satanic logic and resound with the lofty, near cynical humor which invaluable accompanies a deep-sated knowledge of the human psych.

The Screwtape Letters gradually unfolds as  series of explicit directions adn plans through which Wormwood - may subvert and twist human soul to his own diabolical ends. Fascinating in its cunning and incredibly acute awareness of the flaws and foibles of man, this small masterpiece had been by millions since C S Lewis wrote the first letter for a newspaper during World War Two.
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This adaptation of C.S. Lewis's biting satire received a 1999 Grammy nomination for best spoken-word performance, and it's easy to see why--the story fits the format perfectly. It's relatively brief (the unabridged reading takes a mere four hours), and contains only one character--the demon Screwtape, who writes letters to his novice nephew Wormwood, instructing him on how to best tempt his "patient" (a wayward soul on earth) into the bosom of "our Lord below."

Obviously, the book wasn't written with former Monty Python John Cleese in mind, but it's hard to imagine a better Screwtape. Cleese's voice provides the perfect vehicle for Lewis's dry, razor-edged wit. His uncanny comic timing and ability to milk each phrase for maximum effect betray an infectious enthusiasm for the story. It's clear that he's having a great time reading, and it's impossible not to laugh along with him. This inspired pairing of two of the 20th century's greatest wits makes for a meditation on the dark side of spiritual guidance that's as relevant and funny today as it was in Lewis's war-torn England. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --Andrew Neiland

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In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace.--From publisher description.

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