Most who come to As One Devil to Another
, Richard Platt's homage to The Screwtape Letters
, will already be devotees of C. S. Lewis. They will not be disappointed.... ventriloquism on behalf of devilry is not easy, as is clear from attempts by others.
... It is impressive, therefore, that Platt has been able to maintain a high standard over 31 letters
, the same number as in the original.... it forces us to ask those questions which, as individuals, we need always to ask... - A. T. Reyes, Groton School, Massachusetts, and Wolfson College, Oxford The Journal of Inklings Studies
Working within the tradition that the master perfected, Richard Platt brings a signature all his own to the genre of diabolical correspondence: social satire and psychological incisiveness that are timely, timeless, and telling.- James Como, Founding Member of the New York C. S. Lewis Society and author of Why I Believe in Narnia: 33 Reviews & Essays on the Life Work of C. S. Lewis.
A witty and amusing insight into the wiles of fallen angels. Most enjoyable.- Dr. Michael Ward, Chaplain at St. Peter's College, Oxford and author of The Narnia Code
Armed with thorough knowledge of Lewis' work and a deft, creative touch, Richard Platt uses keenly edged satire to slice through the sham in our human failings and posturing, and the form those take in modern culture. In the winsome tradition of The Screwtape Letters
, this immensely entertaining and deeply instructive book
uses irony to cast a positive vision of the truth about human destiny and potential, and the vast, unfailing love of God for His children. -Dr. Wayne Martindale, author of Beyond the Shadowlands; coeditor of The Quotable Lewis and The Soul of C. S. Lewis
Richard Platt, writes with the same elegance, felicity and sarcastic wit that Lewis did seventy years ago. In addition, Platt reveals a theological sagacity and psychological acumen that almost matches Lewis' own. - Will VausYou’ll have a hell of a time ... C. S. Lewis Scholar Walter Hooper compares Platt’s work to Lewis’s Screwtape Letters and the association is well deserved ... delicious use of the English language. Highly recommended - The Library Journal, Starred Review
My Dear Uncle Slashreap,
You ask my reactions to the letters published by one Richard Platt entitled As One Devil to Another
. . . a meretricious work of imagination after the fashion of the same detestable Lewis whose witty barbs at our expense we had thought finally to be rid of. What makes it dangerously insidious is that unfortunately all of it is true. Rest assured, however, that we have done our work too well to have it undone by this resurrected Lewis. We have little to fear from the exposure of your letters and can look forward with relish to the day when we partake of this author—as our Platt du Jour!
Your loving nephew,
[With thanks to Dr. Sanford Lakoff, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
for discovering this communication.] (Scardagger )
Decades ago, C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters
exposed the follies of his time, notably self-delusion and slick verbosity. For all his efforts, matters have only gotten worse. Now Richard Platt has taken up the probe and lancet, applying them to many of the boils on the modern body politic, and body academic. His source of information in the Lowerarchy enables him to tell us just how our minds are being poisoned, but like Lewis himself, he does so with a concern also for charity: the most annoying of our fellows may just be victims of the muddled thinking pressed on them by Screwtape’s diabolic successors. The switch at the end is in the Lewis tradition of fierce humor. (Tom Shippey, Author of J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century; former Professor of Anglo-Saxon, Oxford University)|Armed with thorough knowledge of Lewis’ work and a deft, creative touch, Richard Platt uses keenly edged satire to slice through the sham in our human failings and posturing, and the form those take in modern culture. In the winsome tradition of The Screwtape Letters, this immensely entertaining and deeply instructive book uses irony to cast a positive vision of the truth about human destiny and potential, and the vast, unfailing love of God for His children.
(Dr. Wayne Martindale, author of Beyond the Shadowlands; coeditor of The Quotable Lewis and The Soul of C. S. Lewis)|In As One Devil to Another, Richard Platt writes in the tradition of The Screwtape Letters in a manner that would have delighted Lewis.
By making the object of his devilish correspondence a female graduate student, Platt is able not only to explore vital issues of feminine self-image and the destructive influence of advertising, but also to critique modern and postmodern critical theories that push academics into writing jargon-filled essays that draw us away from, rather than toward, great literature. With both savage wit and deep compassion, Platt takes up such issues as empiricism and the scientific method, homosexuality and the sexual revolution, modern art and corporate greed, cell phones and reality TV, and the problem of pain. He never loses his step and even surprises us with an ending that will leave readers with an impish grin on their lips.
(Dr. Louis Markos, author of The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis, Lewis Agonistes, and Restoring Beauty)|I found myself, by turns, chuckling at the humor laced throughout this demonic correspondence, but then, the next moment, moved by the depth of spiritual insight and application to my own life. As One Devil to Another reads almost like a great whodunit; the author keeps his reader guessing until the very end about what will happen to both the beloved human characters and the delightfully hateful devilish characters in this story.
(Will Vaus, author of Mere Theology, The Professor of Narnia, The Hidden Story of Narnia, and Speaking of Jack)