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a gentle portrait,
This review is from: Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis (Paperback)
This is a restrained and courteous book.
Sayer wishes us to know those things about Lewis that he knew, and does not care to speculate on the rest. Foremost is his admiration of Lewis as a tutor. Anyone who has read Lewis may easily imagine what it would have been like to learn from him. On the darker side, he touches on Lewis sadistic fantasies as gently as he does on the grief of his bereavement. It is altogether a "gentlemanly" book.
One can almost imagine a pipe-smoking Lewis in some vaguely scholarly empyrean greeing Sayer's arrival.
CSL: "I hear you wrote a little book about me: what on earth did you tell them?"
GS: "Oh this and that. Only the things I knew and liked. Nothing to frighten the faithful or indulge the salacious."
CSL: "Good chap. Now let's get down to serious literary criticism."