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The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

The Great Divorce (edition 2009)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:The Great Divorce
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:HarperOne (2009), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 160 pages
Collections:To read, Christian

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C.S. Lewis is always a favorite of mine so I enjoy most everything I read by him. This story started off well but was sort of boring in some parts and hard to follow. But I still walked away from the story with good points to think about and moments where I evaluated my own beliefs and ideas about the afterlife. Glad this was a short read and I still enjoy Mr. Lewis' writings. ( )
  Erika.D | Jan 28, 2016 |
The choices of life played out into eternity. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
The choices of life played out into eternity. ( )
  memlhd | Jan 23, 2016 |
Actual rating: 3.5 stars. A lot of great food for thought. In any book besides the Bible, I try to be wary of the theology it presents, since I don't necessarily agree with all of it (for example, animals in heaven). But this book is short and engaging and goes by quickly, and presents a lot of deep but simply worded Biblical truths. I particularly love, towards the end, the man who struggled with lust but finally submitted to be freed, and the guide's explanation that brass is more easily mistaken for gold.

Looking forward to reading more books by Lewis! ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |
Really good, very Paridiso-like, had a bit of an unfortunate ending. ( )
  sarah-tonin | Nov 10, 2015 |
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"No, there is no escape. There is no heaven with a little of hell in it--no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather."--George MacDonald
Barbara Wall: Best and most long-suffering of scribes
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I seemed to be standing in a busy queue by the side of a long, mean street.
When the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say, "We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven," and the Lost, "We were always in Hell."
And both will speak truly.
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it.
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The Great Divorce is C.S. Lewis's Divine Comedy: the narrator bears strong resemblance to Lewis (by way of Dante); his Virgil is the fantasy writer George MacDonald; and upon boarding a bus in a nondescript neighborhood, the narrator is taken to Heaven and Hell. The book's primary message is presented with almost oblique tidiness--"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'" However, the narrator's descriptions of sin and temptation will hit quite close to home for many readers. Lewis has a genius for describing the intricacies of vanity and self-deception, and this book is tremendously persistent in forcing its reader to consider the ultimate consequences of everyday pettiness. --Michael Joseph Gross

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A symbolic fantasy which finds a busload of condemned ghosts faced with the choice of giving up their cherished sins to enter the gates of Paradise.

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