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What was Lewis's best book?

PostPosted: 19 Mar 2006, 16:31
by jo
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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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2006, 16:32
by jo
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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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2006, 17:53
by David
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.

I am writing today from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Fitness in Lenox Massachusetts, where I went for a weekend seminar on creativity. Now waiting for the shuttle to Albany, New York, and the flight home. Kripalu has wireless, though, and I brought my lap top! Best of luck to everyone this upcoming week.

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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2006, 19:00
by jo
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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PostPosted: 19 Mar 2006, 20:29
by Glorfindel of Gondolin
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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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 00:28
by Adam Linton
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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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 05:15
by Lara
The Great Divorce and A Grief Observed are tied for first with me. :read:

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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 06:19
by WolfVanZandt
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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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 10:41
by jo
Am I the only person who has voted for TWHF so far? :)

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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 14:41
by Monica
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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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 14:46
by jo
Yay! *beams at Monica*.

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

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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 15:15
by Monica
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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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 15:22
by jo
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..

Re: What was Lewis's best book?

PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 16:36
by Josh
You missed a couple of his best: The Four Loves and Abolition of Man.

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PostPosted: 20 Mar 2006, 16:40
by jo
Oh yeah I forgot those .. I haven't read either :(. I knew I would be bound to forget SOMETHING :D