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Where thou shall start?

Where thou shall start?

Postby Guest » 01 Aug 2004, 09:04

Hello,

I was sincerely wondering if anyone here can recommend me books in which Clive Staples Lewis wrote that you think I should start upon first. I've already read all the Chronicles of Narnia, and after watching the Movie "Shadowlands" I was totally inspired to read more about his life in general, anything about him, I just felt he's one of the most brilliant Oxford professors EVER!

Go go ahead, tell me your thoughts, suggestions, and opinions on which book to start first that he wrote. Thank you for taking you're time in reading this!
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Sven » 01 Aug 2004, 20:18

Hi, Novelist,
If your interests are more towards non-fiction, I'd suggest reading Mere Christianity next, then perhaps followed by God in the Dock or Miracles. If you would prefer fiction, then The Great Divorce, Screwtape Letters, and the Space Trilogy.

If you're looking for a good bio of Lewis, I'd vote for Jack by George Sayer, if that isn't available for you, a lesser option would be C. S. Lewis by Green and Hooper.

Let us know what you think of the books in the other fora. We love to discuss them :)

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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Guest » 02 Aug 2004, 13:47

For a Lewis biography, "Jack" by George Sayer, really is THE choice. It's thorough and eminently readable.

As for works by Lewis himself - EVERYTHING, and an honourable mention to one book that Sven left out: "Tilll We Have Faces."

Enjoy.
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby loeee » 02 Aug 2004, 16:38

Also, Surprised by Joy is Lewis's autobiography (although it was written before the events shown in "Shadowlands.") And Doug Gresham's book Lenten Lands is very good (and it has pictures).
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Sylvia Lee » 13 Aug 2004, 18:47

loeee wrote:Also, Surprised by Joy is Lewis's autobiography (although it was written before the events shown in "Shadowlands.")


Yeah, when I first picked up Surprised by Joy I thought it would at least have some mention of Joy Gresham, for whom I thought the title was called. Didn't take me long to figure out otherwise. But I still find it interesting that Lewis' lifelong quest for Joy should end in his marrying a woman of that very same name.

Sry, I have created a tanget. Well, I would recommend everything eventually, but Screwtape Letters and Great Divorce are good to start out with.

And I agree on Monica's "honorable mention," Till we Have Faces.
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Guest » 19 Aug 2004, 12:39

I've read that the joke around Oxford after CSL married Joy Davidman was, "Did you hear about Lewis? He's been surprised by Joy!"

One of my all time favorite non-fiction books is "Miracles." It's especially good if you love and appreciate logical reasoning.
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby penny » 01 Nov 2004, 21:22

People here may disagree, but I like AN Wilson's biography of Lewis. It's not a haigiography, and it's not the last word, but it is a picture of a man, and as Wilson says "I will try to be realistic,not only because reality is more interesting than fantasy, but alos because we do Lewis no honout to make him a plaster saint. And he deserves our honour."
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Bill » 01 Nov 2004, 22:49

penny wrote:People here may disagree, but I like AN Wilson's biography of Lewis. It's not a haigiography, and it's not the last word, but it is a picture of a man, and as Wilson says "I will try to be realistic,not only because reality is more interesting than fantasy, but alos because we do Lewis no honout to make him a plaster saint. And he deserves our honour."
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Hi Penny

I entirely agree with you about Wilson's biography but not everybody does and he has been lambasted elsewhere on these forums quite recently. I get the impression that there is a strong anti Wilson lobby in existence perhaps with an axe to grind!

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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby yellowdog » 03 Nov 2004, 16:40

Mere Christianity
Screwtape Letters
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Guest » 05 Dec 2004, 21:41

If you're interested in his life, I would read Surprised by Joy and perhaps also A Grief Observed. Then there is The Pilgrim's Regress which is an imaginative re-creation of his search in Surprised [i]by Joy. If you haven't read the Screwtape Letters or the other worlds trilogy, I would certainly read those.

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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Guest » 05 Dec 2004, 23:36

The Screwtape Letters is a great book to start with if you want to read Lewis. It was, other than the Chronicles, my introduction to C.S. Lewis. I also enjoyed Till We Have Faces. You definately need to read both of those books.
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Re: Where thou shall start?

Postby Solomons Song » 15 Dec 2004, 15:19

By now you're probably lost again regarding where to start. But I'd also recommend The Four Loves and The Problem of Pain.
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