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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Much deserves to be quoted... attractive imagery, amusing satire, exciting speculations... Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world.” (Guardian)See all Editorial Reviews
C.S. Lewis is deserving of his recognition as one of the greatest 20th Century minds. The Great Divorce is so entertaining yet so insightful. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Something of a fairy tale/allegory in the manner of his Narnia books. I recommend it. BMSPublished 2 days ago by Bruce Shipman
Thought provoking! - I felt like I wanted to underline many of the quotes from this book. Just makes you think about good/evil and heaven/hell in a whole different light.Published 2 days ago by Julie
Hypothetical as it is, I see some of my own characteristics in a different way and will read this book more than once.Published 3 days ago by R. Garrett
Superb. Short, sweet and mind-provoking. Recommended to any and all who might fancy a possible glimpse into where our souls might be headed after life on earth is over. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Paul S. Phillips
I purchased this book as required reading for a Religion class. I'm a Religious Studies minor and have taken a fair amount of religion classes but I have never read every single... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Lauren