- Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: Revell (July 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800730704
- ISBN-13: 978-0800730703
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman Paperback – July 1, 2005
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However, reader be warned: the subtitle is a bit misleading. Aside from a brief introduction set after Joy's funeral, the story of their relationship doesn't begin until page 77. Those who have read biographies of C.S. Lewis may wish to skip to this point, since Brian Sibley spends the early pages telling the story of Lewis's childhood, his time as a professor at Oxford and with the Inklings, and his publications. Although it's a good recap of Lewis's life, some of the observations are vague, such as allusions to sexual encounters Lewis had in his youth (mentioned without any further explanation) or the mysterious relationship Lewis developed with a Mrs. Moore and her daughter. Readers likely will want to consult other Lewis biographies and commentaries for more in-depth information.
Once Sibley gets down to the business of the relationship between Lewis and Helen Joy Davidman, things begin to pick up. Davidman, a Jewish convert to Christianity and a divorcee with two young sons, David and Douglas, is a complicated, fascinating person as viewed through Sibley's eyes. Compellingly, he sketches out her childhood years with an authoritarian father who alternately demanded his children respond to commands given on a whistle and then repeatedly slapped them about the face when they disobeyed. Joy was, as Sibley describes her, chubby, nearsighted, and overprotected by her mother. She loved animals, and became increasingly rebellious at home under the domineering influence of her father.Read more ›
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This was an excellent book. It arrived in very good shape. ThanksPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I cannot recommend it as i felt i wasn't there! Where is the warmth and the love? ? No, I did not love it!Published on December 16, 2013 by A Searcher of Life