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The Screwtape Letters [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Lewis
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Book Description

The Screwtape Letters by C.S.  Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written. 



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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

From Library Journal

Lewis's satire is a Christian classic. Screwtape is a veteran demon in the service of "Our Father Below" whose letters to his nephew and prot?g?, Wormwood, instruct the demon-in-training in the fine points of leading a new Christian astray. Lewis's take on human nature is as on-target as it was when the letters were first published in 1941. John Cleese's narration is perfect as he takes Screwtape from emotional height to valley, from tight control to near apoplexy. This will be a popular in most libraries.ANann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 238 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060652934
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BD2V2Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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378 of 396 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this book many years ago... June 18, 2000
Format:Paperback
I'd recommend this be one of the first books you read as you start your spiritual journey. This is a profound book that will jolt you awake from your apathetic musings and stir you to the depths of your soul.
I was a Christian for 12+ years before I picked up this little volume and it was of inestimable worth for me, but I regretted not having read it much sooner.
It's one of those books (like E. L. Prentiss's "Stepping Heavenward") that feels like it was written JUST for you. "Screwtape Letters" has that same feel - that C. S. Lewis crawled into your consciousness and described every mental battle you've ever had - and explains that those subtle arguments which steered you away from spiritual growth, were cleverly disguised devilish whispers. As Lewis points out, the path to hell is a gentle slope.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to differentiate between God's thoughts and the lies of evil. "Screwtape Letters" pulls back the curtain and reveals evil's best kept secrets and oh-so subtle tricks.
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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a wise little book May 6, 2000
Format:Paperback
This book was assigned reading when I was in 8th grade at a Catholic school. I remember I had no appreciation for it whatsoever at the time. I couldn't relate to the protagonist or his travails in wartime England. Perhaps one needs a little time in this world to appreciate the delicious simplicity of Lewis' allegory. Having read it recently I was struck by the wisdom, strength and genuine spiritualism this book exudes. One needn't, as commented upon elsewhere, be a believer to appreciate this work. Lewis never tries to foist any doctrinaire agenda upon the reader. Neither is he didactic. All that comes across (to this reader, at least) is a sense of hard-won wisdom. It offers some hints about how we might find a bit of peace and happiness on this earth if we are willing to think a little less selfishly and are able to set our powerful egos aside for awhile. I wish that those readers who wasted their money on The Celestine Prophecy and thought it provided wonderful spiritual insight would turn their attention Lewis' way. Here is the matter simply stated, without some wayward attempts at new-age jingoism.
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324 of 351 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speak of the Devil December 28, 2005
Format:Paperback
Today I loaned a copy of "Screwtape" to a young woman - the receptionist where I work -- who just celebrated her 21st birthday. I HOPE she enjoys it, even as I wonder if a fifty year old book could strike a chord with her -- the way it did with me, when I was her age. She seemed eager enough to borrow a copy (I have two) just as soon as I described the book's delightful premise:

"Screwtape" I told her, "is letters from a senior devil to a junior devil - and it's the funniest thing C.S. Lewis ever wrote - Have you heard of C.S. Lewis?" I asked. "No? Well he authored `Narnia.' (Neither of us has seen the movie yet.)

I told her 'Screwtape' is funny because (like all good humor) it seems so TRUE. Or at least you want to BELIEVE it's real, as `Screwtape' the experienced devil coaches his nephew `Wormwood' in his first assigned task: to "secure the damnation" of his 'patient' -- a young man who has just become a Christian.

As with "Narnia," the story unfolds in wartime (WWII) England. That's a long time ago for someone 21 years old and "I'm really interested" I said "to find out if the 'dialogue' of this book still speaks to someone your age."

"Personally, I think it would make good movie" I said. "It has been made into a talking book - read, I think, by John Cleese - the funny guy who starred in the movie `A Fish Called Wanda" - I read somewhere he's recorded a version of `Screwtape.' "

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So . . after loaning that copy of "Screwtape" today, I opened, at random, my OTHER copy -- it fell open to page 24 -- and I re-discovered why I've loved this book so much for so many years.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly Insightful November 11, 2007
Format:Hardcover
Who can deny the insidious whisperings that infiltrate the noblest heart and penetrate the most virtuous mind?--those subtle impulses that beckon hither and thither to paths we ought not to travel upon. How often have we vowed never to yield to some enticement, only to succumb moments later to the very vice we had pledged to eschew? Whether manifested in the final, luscious slice of a calorie-loaded pound cake or in the tantalizing allure of a forbidden passion, temptation to choose wrong over right is ubiquitous in our lives as we daily make decisions of both trivial and profound significance. Yet while many have denounced the depravity of sin, C.S. Lewis, a mid-twentieth century British theologian, took a much more innovative approach - through the eyes of the devil himself. The resulting correspondence written between the seasoned devil Screwtape and Wormwood, his inexperienced nephew, is an insightful training manual on the art of human subjugation. In his masterful commentary The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis effectively employs satire, irony, and appeal to logos to enable his adult Christian audience to recognize and understand the devices of temptation.

From the beginning, Screwtape's writings unveil the real roots of temptation through satire. Wormwood's task is to bring about a soul's damnation, but as his uncle quickly observes, the newly christened tempter is prone to error. Critiquing his understudy, Screwtape chides, "Are you not being a trifle naïve? It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep him out of the Enemy's clutches... Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church" (p. 1).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars came on time in good condition
good insight, a little hard to understand the old English the author uses at times but overall a good read
Published 2 days ago by haley whitlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT
I dont even want to tell you about this book thats how much I loved it. I have reviewed a few Lewis books - but this is one of the few that got under my skin. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK - GREAT PRICE
This book is one of the good ones for sure. I love the prices compared to new books and the quality of the books seems very accurate as stated in the listings. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gene Sechrest
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
C.S Lewis had a wonderful understanding of what motivates humans to do what they do. This book is as insightful as it is interesting. A must read!
Published 4 days ago by Hannah Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good
Kind of mind blowing, with a stretched vocabulary, this book really shows you what temptation and sin could be like, and how the devil combats you to keep you from the truth. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read. Not a light read.
I had mostly read this once in college. Decided I needed to go back and read the whole thing. I was great. It will really freak you out how well C.S. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Chad Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic about the Devil
Just a classic, how can one judge it? I teach teenagers Religious Ed and keep an extra copy at home for that occasional exceptional child who can read it and "get it".
Published 10 days ago by KarenM
5.0 out of 5 stars Read!
Excellent - really makes you stop, think, and analyze your own actions and motivations. Definitely a must read - and not just once!
Published 10 days ago by Anne Simenc
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Okay so this really puts your kindle or tablet dictionary to the test. makes it more like studying then reading but let me tell you! the information is worth it.
Published 11 days ago by Toni Ridley
3.0 out of 5 stars Who's the dipstick...
...that illustrated this thing? I absolutely love the book, don't get me wrong. It's one of those that stays great no matter how many times you read it, encouraging you to think... Read more
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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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