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Great For Lewis Fans,
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This review is from: Spirits in bondage; a cycle of lyrics (Kindle Edition)
(I rated this one star for your benefit not mine, personally I thought it was 5 stars, but that is because im a big time Lewis fan, depending on who you are and what your looking for in a C.S Lewis book, id be careful with this one because it can be a joy for some to read, a disappointing shock for others...)
This is a great book, containing some of the early poetical work that C.S Lewis wrote early in his career. I would reccomend it only to Hardcore C.S Lewis fans though.
This is definitely not the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe...An entirely different man wrote this Cycle of Lyrics and what I mean by that is that C.S Lewis wrote these before he came to Christ.
For me personally, I loved the book, even though I agreed with probably less than half of what C.S Lewis wrote. I loved it because he is a great author and was a great man, it was really more of an educational experience for me. Usually reading his books is more of an edifying experience, but definitly not this one and ill explain-
It is intensely and graphically blasphemous. In my opinion it is on a whole higher level of hatred against God then any of the Dawkins or Hitchens (and company) books currently are. They all are looking to explain God away using moral philosophical and scientific reasoning. C.S Lewis (Pre-Conversion) admits that there is a God and talks much of gods, but whenever referring to God he is very intensely blasphemous and loathesome.
It will send a quiver down your spine especially if you are used to his normal God glorifying works like myself, such as the Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, and my personal favorite The Great Divorce. And you will probably drop dead if you have only read the Narnia series when you give this a shot.
I would definitly only recommend this to serious and discerning Lewis readers, read the preface/forward it will give you a little more explanation as to why this sounds like a different Lewis than we are normally accustomed to reading...
If you have never read Lewis before, definitly dont read this first, you will have a bad taste in your mouth. Spend the dough and read one of his more popular books first they are the best! This good to go back to though if you wanna read about what Pre-Converted C.S Lewis was like, it is really interesting if thats whats on your mind, he was like his own little Saul on the road to Damascus here, all his other books that we all know of are definitly the real tender fruit of his ministry!
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 10:04:01 PM PDT
L. Whin says:
Thank you for this honest review.
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