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The Abolition of Man Paperback – Deckle Edge, April 7, 2015
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In The Abolition of Man, C. S. Lewis sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, this book is one of the most debated of Lewis's extraordinary works. National Review chose it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."
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It is small - not much more than pamphlet size - so I thought I would read it before bedtime. One week later, I am still enjoying (savoring) each sentence and do believe it will be finished tomorrow. When it is, I shall wait a week - then read it again.
C.S.Lewis has always been an easy read for me. Each paragraph in 'The Abolition of Man' causes me to stop and think - and solidify my thought before I go on. It is a magnificent polemic that has made me recognize and review much of my culture I took for granted. Some trends that Lewis has pointed out to me, I now knowingly embrace - others, I carefully reject.
I would recommend this book to anyone!
He also wrote books that make you stop and THINK, such as "The Abolition of MAN."
If you stop and think, you will become a wise human.
If you read this book, your mind will lead you to get "The Problem of Pain."
And on and on through all of Professor Lewis's books (There is even a list in the front of any of his books)
I gave it stars for the content. However, i suggest ordering from a different publisher, because these pages are cut poorly and glue bound poorly. They are all different widths and literally look like they were hand cut by a 5 year old. So this book is not bookshelf quality - Sadly, it barely withstood one read through.
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But if you can only bare with it and keep going you realise that the vital point he is making is buried in the heart of the book, and actually the subliminal nature of reductionist and relativistic thinking is just the problem he is talking about. It was only about half way through the book that I realised what CS Lewis' message was and, more importantly, how pertinent it is to public life in 2013 Britain. Stunning.
Because of the format it is fairly inaccessible for average readers like me, but in terms of the central idea this book is a potential life-changer. An easy 5 stars.
This is the second time a CS Lewis book has given me pause! This book should be the test for our educators...are they "men without chests?"
I'd give this book but a single star, but it does have redeeming qualities. First, I can actually get behind a lot of the actual premise he's presenting (essentially that human values are fundamental and relativism is a dead end). And, as poor as I found his arguments, the book really is thought-provoking, which always has value. The concept is always worth thinking about, and I admire him for writing on the subject.
I'm looking forward to the other of Lewis' non-Narnia books I have with equal parts interest and dread.