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The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters (original 1942; edition 1944)

by C. S. Lewis

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A series of congenial letters from Screwtape, an elderly devil, advising his nephew Wormwood, an apprentice devil, how to corrupt his earthly "patient."
Title:The Screwtape Letters
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:The Macmillan company (1944), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:@office, fiction, apologetics, evil, Devil

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This book is written as on the premise that a purported collection of letters that has fallen into the author's hands from a senior demon, Screwtape, to a junior tempter, Wormwood. The letters are short and pithy. The apparent love of the “Enemy” (God) for his creatures is incomprehensible and contemptible. One of the fundamental insights of this work is that this Infernal Bureaucracy is founded the axiom of consume or be consumed.

The book is a humorous yet instructional quick read. Though written in the late 1800's it feels like it was just published for today's market. C.S. Lewis offers the reader numerous insights into the dynamics of spiritual life and the nature of the battles we fight or fail to resist. ( )
  hermit | Nov 11, 2019 |
The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis re-imagines Hell as a gruesome bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and wry wit, Lewis suggests that demons, laboring in a vast enterprise, have horribly recognizable human attributes: competition, greed, and totalitarian punishment. Avoiding their own painful torture as well as a desire to dominate are what drive demons to torment their “patients.”
  StFrancisofAssisi | Apr 30, 2019 |
Regularly hailed as a classic of satire, The Screwtape Letters was not what I expected but none the worse for that. Ostensibly the letters are cynical and devious instructions from one devil to a subordinate, and it is from this conceit that the book derives much of its entertainment value. Edification, rather than entertainment, however, is the purpose of the book. Lewis's genius is in presenting what is essentially a series of homilies in reverse: advice on how to lure a soul to perdition. The epistolary format divides the book into manageable chunks that avoid overwhelming the reader. One great bonus in this edition is the addition of the short piece 'Screwtape Proposes a Toast', which is almost as beneficial as the entire original book. ( )
  Lirmac | Nov 8, 2018 |
Altro che trattati su peccati e tentazioni!In un modo ironicamente alternativo,Lewis ci parla di come funzioniamo noi esseri umani,di quello che cerca di tenerci lontani dall'Amore.Stupendo! ( )
  AlessandraEtFabio | Dec 22, 2017 |
I read this because it came with a box of other books at a garage sale or something and after a couple years of it sitting on my shelf, I was in the mood for a quick read and figured that I'd give it a try. I made it through about 2/3 of the way through and just had to stop and move on to something else. I just didn't like it. There was a few things in it that could be considered a little humorous, but generally I found my eyes glazing over way too often. ( )
  Sarahliz2182 | Jul 1, 2017 |
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"The devil," said Thomas More, "cannot endure to be mocked," and which, if correct, means that somewhere in the inferno there must be considerable annoyance.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, P. W. Wilson (pay site) (Mar 28, 1943)

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Ackland, JossNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.'
'The devil . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked.'
—Thomas More
To J. R. R. Tolkien
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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 includes Lewis' additional piece, "Screwtape Proposes a Toast." Each of these variants should be combined only with similar LT works. Thank you.
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