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As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Working within the tradition that the master perfected, Richard Platt brings a signature all his own to the genre of diabolical correspondence: social satire and psychological incisiveness that are timely, timeless, and telling.- James Como, Founding Member of the New York C. S. Lewis Society and author of Why I Believe in Narnia: 33 Reviews & Essays on the Life Work of C. S. Lewis.
A witty and amusing insight into the wiles of fallen angels. Most enjoyable.- Dr. Michael Ward, Chaplain at St. Peter's College, Oxford and author of The Narnia Code
Armed with thorough knowledge of Lewis' work and a deft, creative touch, Richard Platt uses keenly edged satire to slice through the sham in our human failings and posturing, and the form those take in modern culture. In the winsome tradition of The Screwtape Letters, this immensely entertaining and deeply instructive book uses irony to cast a positive vision of the truth about human destiny and potential, and the vast, unfailing love of God for His children. -Dr. Wayne Martindale, author of Beyond the Shadowlands; coeditor of The Quotable Lewis and The Soul of C. S. Lewis
Richard Platt, writes with the same elegance, felicity and sarcastic wit that Lewis did seventy years ago. In addition, Platt reveals a theological sagacity and psychological acumen that almost matches Lewis' own. - Will Vaus
You’ll have a hell of a time ... C. S. Lewis Scholar Walter Hooper compares Platt’s work to Lewis’s Screwtape Letters and the association is well deserved ... delicious use of the English language. Highly recommended - The Library Journal, Starred Review
My Dear Uncle Slashreap,
You ask my reactions to the letters published by one Richard Platt entitled As One Devil to Another. . . a meretricious work of imagination after the fashion of the same detestable Lewis whose witty barbs at our expense we had thought finally to be rid of. What makes it dangerously insidious is that unfortunately all of it is true. Rest assured, however, that we have done our work too well to have it undone by this resurrected Lewis. We have little to fear from the exposure of your letters and can look forward with relish to the day when we partake of this author—as our Platt du Jour!
Your loving nephew,
[With thanks to Dr. Sanford Lakoff, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego for discovering this communication.] (Scardagger )
About the Author
Walter Hooper is the world's leading authority on the life and works of C. S. Lewis and the editor of The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis.
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I must admit that reading these casual (but certainly not merciful) letters between Scardagger, a Temptation University student, and his mentor and uncle, Slashreap, can unnerve a person. It is a thing to approach with caution and prayer because our depraved minds can be deceived by the words of demons. Satan is a liar and always will be. One can't forget this as they read here. This book is fiction, yes, but the premise is real:
There is a real force working against the cause of God. (Jesus is referred to as "the Adversary." It is very difficult to read that word in relationship to one's Savior, but the point is definitely driven home.)
They have a real plan.
And they use every tool possible to accomplish their goal of capturing souls for eternal damnation.
This is dark, scary stuff that is necessary to understand.
The 184 pages of this book hold a sharp indictment of our society, such as it is (and continues to become). A satire, As One Devil to Another illustrates how our "enlightenment" is the greatest tool at Satan's disposal; how he and his minions make disgusting what God intended to be beautiful; and how our own insecurities and dispositions can be malleable material for Satan if we allow it.
When I closed this book late on a Sunday night I could feel the change in my soul.Read more ›
The Screwtape Letters takes place in England during the 1940s. This book, on the other hand, takes place during modern times and follows a chain of letters mostly from Slashreap to Scardagger, the former being the brother of Screwtape and the latter being the cousin of Wormwood from the original story.
Some time has passed since the 1940s, and Slashreap's assessment of humanity's foibles and our modern era serve as the greatest value of the book to modern readers. However, as Lewis said in his preface to the original and Platt echoes in his own, "Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar. Not everything that Screwtape says should be assumed to be true even from his own angle... There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on earth."
That is a warning to anyone reading this book because the nature of the letters requires the reader to think about what he is reading and do a kind of inversion in his mind to arrive at the positive truth that Platt hopes to communicate. If you've read Lewis, you should know that he wasn't exactly biblical in everything he affirmed. Indeed, the whole premise of Hell and punishment in these two books affirms the silly notion that Satan and his followers rule Hell and that the end result of humans who go there is annihilation. Again, it is the assessment of human nature and culture that is the most benefit to the read and everything should be weighed by Scripture.Read more ›
So pleased that Platt did something that I think Lewis would have felt honored by.
The styling was perfect. Short chapters, or letters, that gripped my attention and made me want to continue reading.
Though sometimes Platt was much more abrasive and blunt than Lewis was. Platt held back few punches.
If you're looking for an engaging read, you've found it here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Rich Platt’s novel As One Devil To Another is powerfully compact and deliciously complex, poetic in the midst of such clear minded directness, as well as being tenaciously... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Looking for a book about how temptation fits into our modern world? This book was a difficult read for me – not sure why. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Hargraves
If you liked Screwtape, you'll like this. I you've read neither, you need to. Hell is a bureaucracy <G>.Published 5 months ago by Upuaut
If C. S. Lewis' much overpraised Anglican superficiality about Christianity means something to you then you will like this attempt to write a sequel to his Screwtape Letters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by N. Ravitch
If you are into C. S. Lewis it is a must read to make sure you get to read more about him and his thoughts.Published 16 months ago by Craig
Genuinely similar to the Screwtape Letters, without covering the same ground. Entertaining and truly inspires you to think seriously about the way you approach life and to wonder... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I am a big C.S. Lewis fan and I was pleased to see someone taking up the challenge of visiting the "world of Screwtape". Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Glenn Crouch
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I understand your client has recently perused a book by a certain Platt who has attempted to follow in the detestable footsteps of one of the... Read more