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The Screwtape Letters Paperback – April 21, 2015
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Don't worry about reading about the devil, as I was concerned with when I started to read it. But the more you read it the better and closer relationship you can develop with God, which of course is what Mr. Lewis has intended.
The author is pure genius. I have read Mere Christianity, The problem with pain amd A Grief Observed. I have also read his space trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength; which are all wonderful.
Word of warning, A Grief Observed is a difficilt, depressing book. DO NOT READ IT if you are grieving about anything or one.
I hope this helps and helps people discover the genius, as I have, of C. S. Lewis.
During a series of instructional letters Screwtape gives step by step instruction to leading this human being down the path to damnation. Wormwood being an inexperienced tempter is sometimes chastised and at other times encouraged in his demonic antics. Screwtape shows to one and all that demonic acts can be cleverly disguised and will lead the faltering human to continue bad acts but without the person feeling any guilt or sense that he is doing something wrong which will lead him down below instead of high above.
Screwtape gets aggravated when Wormwood takes the easy ways of temptation which shows laziness and lack of attention to demonic detail. The forces of good are called the “enemy” in which Screwtape has much respect for and inspires Screwtape to be even more devious and hard on his young trainees such as Wormwood. His letters showed herein reinforces the forces of the devil are still very much among us.
The only reason it was given four stars is because the book is so terribly and cheaply made! The pages look like recycled paper and the colorful front page online is very misleading of the book's quality of print which is very poor!
The Screwtape Letters was my introduction to C.S. Lewis's writing, and I enjoyed it very much. The "letters" are a fine combination of humor and gravity as Lewis addresses serious theological matters. Lewis was a very erudite man with a writing style that's not for a casual read, but it's well worth the time.
Inside flap "wildly comic yet deadly serious". For the unfamiliar, Screwtape (assistant to the Devil) is writing instructions to Wormwood (novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man by setting up temptations which are triumphed over. As a Christian, it was humorous to see the satire while being a participant observer from the pew and the world how hard the devil works (often very successfully) to pull Christians (me too) away from "The Enemy" (God). A bonus, perhaps even better, is another essay "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" (In Hell at the annual dinner of the 'Tempters' Training College for young Devils. This is a must read for all Christians and even non-Christians. Note: The sexual content is not explicit, but only to show how sex is used as a temptation to draw people to the dark side. (Remember C S Lewis is of Narnia fame)