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What was Lewis's best book?

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What is your favourite Lewis book?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
14
12%
The Magician's Nephew/The Horse and His Boy
5
4%
Prince Caspian/The Silver Chair
0
No votes
The Last Battle
9
8%
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4
3%
Out of the Silent Planet
1
1%
Perelandra
8
7%
That Hideous Strength
4
3%
Till We Have Faces
25
21%
The Great Divorce
15
13%
The Screwtape Letters
10
8%
The Problem of Pain
3
3%
Mere Christianity
14
12%
A Grief Observed
3
3%
Surprised by Joy
2
2%
Letters to Malcolm
0
No votes
Allegory of Love
0
No votes
A Preface to Paradise Lost
0
No votes
Other
2
2%
 
Total votes : 119

What was Lewis's best book?

Postby jo » 19 Mar 2006, 16:31

Which is your favourite of all Lewis's books?

Please note that I don't have a list so I will include an 'other' category in case I miss one :)
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Postby jo » 19 Mar 2006, 16:32

Edited to add.. I had to double some of the Narnia books up cos it told me I had entered too many post options
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Postby David » 19 Mar 2006, 17:53

Comment on my choice: I've always loved The Great Divorce. It changed my whole way of thinkng about Heaven and Hell. I love the theological points it illustrates.

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Postby jo » 19 Mar 2006, 19:00

I was not taken with The Great Divorce, for reasons I have listed in a thread below :). I like the points it makes but hate the vehicle it uses. Screwtape was much more effective.
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Postby Glorfindel of Gondolin » 19 Mar 2006, 20:29

I love That Hideous Strength. It's an awesome book, though I think in our times subjectivity would be substituted for objectivity as the evil behind the N.I.C.E.
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Postby Adam Linton » 20 Mar 2006, 00:28

It's really almost impossible to say, but, for a number of reasons I could put Perelandra first, with The Great Divorce and The Last Battle close behind. A Grief Observed means a great deal to me, as well. From the academic works, I'd probably choose Poetry and Prose of the Sixteenth Century (Lewis' volume from O.H.E.L.).
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Postby Lara » 20 Mar 2006, 05:15

The Great Divorce and A Grief Observed are tied for first with me. :read:
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Postby WolfVanZandt » 20 Mar 2006, 06:19

Hard question. I chose Mere Christianity for the same reason that I like Ephesians. I like application.

It's very interesting that The Great Divorce is the most chosen to date. The biographies usually say that the Nania Chronicles is his most popular work. Of course, if anyone is going to just read one thing of Lewis, I guess it would be the Narnia Chronicles.
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Postby jo » 20 Mar 2006, 10:41

Am I the only person who has voted for TWHF so far? :)
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Postby Monica » 20 Mar 2006, 14:41

jo wrote:Am I the only person who has voted for TWHF so far? :)


No way! I'm with you. How can it not be the best book when it was written in Lewis's maturity -- after he'd lived life and found love?
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Postby jo » 20 Mar 2006, 14:46

Yay! *beams at Monica*.

But - hush! We're not allowed to discuss Lewis's private life, apparently :p
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Postby Monica » 20 Mar 2006, 15:15

jo wrote:But - hush! We're not allowed to discuss Lewis's private life, apparently :p


Ack! Sorry. Righto.

Till We Have Faces is the best book -- not because Lewis's personality, experience, maturity, or growing wisdom had any bearing.

Till We Have Faces is the best book because literary achievement always advances exponentially, multiplied by the factor of years + number of books published, divided by the expectation of profit, minus a margin of error, and factored by the uncertainty principle to the lowest common denominator.
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Postby jo » 20 Mar 2006, 15:22

Are you SURE you're not trying to sneak a reference into his private life in there?! :D

At the risk of being more contrary than I already am being, I actually hadn't thought that that might be the reason that I like this book best and find it fuller and better written than some of his others. I've already said that I don't feel that Orual is depicted in a terribly feminine way but there's a great deal more to the book than that! Maybe Lewis really is pouring some feeling that he had never previously experienced into it..
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Postby Josh » 20 Mar 2006, 16:36

You missed a couple of his best: The Four Loves and Abolition of Man.
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Postby jo » 20 Mar 2006, 16:40

Oh yeah I forgot those .. I haven't read either :(. I knew I would be bound to forget SOMETHING :D
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