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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

Re: re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Josh » 20 Mar 2006, 16:50

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


The Four Loves is a great, great book. You'd probably really enjoy it. After you read it, go to a bookstore and buy the book on CD (actually read by CSL). Abolition is actually a series of 3 lectures and is more technical, and thus a harder read. It's also grounded more in philosophy than theology.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby David » 20 Mar 2006, 19:09

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


The idea, I think, is not that we are not allowed to discuss this but that it is a very poor way of understanding Lewis or any other author. See my post on Till We Have Faces.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby jo » 20 Mar 2006, 19:19

I disagree that it is a poor way of understanding an author, or his works. I also disagree as to the intention behind Rusmeister's post .. I believe that he was very much saying that we simply shouldn't do it, and not that it was a bad way of understanding the author.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby WolfVanZandt » 20 Mar 2006, 23:32

I most certianly like to know as much as I can about an author before I read their book (Or read it then study the author and read it again). It adds a particular depth and richness to the reading. The same is true of listening to music (it's the approach generally taken in traditional music appreciation). In fact, the only time I enjoy a football game (unless it's one of those rip-your-soul-out sudden death playoff thingies) is if I have insight into the personal lives and psychology of the players. Well, whataya expect? I'm a psychologist.

As for the question presented in the forum, there are actually two questions - one presented at the heading and one in the poll - and the answers could be different. If I had to say, I would choose TWHF as the best - although it's not my favorite.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby A#minor » 20 Mar 2006, 23:33

I would have voted for LWW, but Screwtape Letters really change the way I look at life, so I vote for Screwtape. LWW is a very close second though with VDT after that.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby David Jack » 21 Mar 2006, 00:55

I went for 'Screwtape' as well, but on another day I might easily have voted differently. Other favourites among the 'grown up' books are 'Surprised by Joy' 'A Grief Observed' and 'The Great Divorce' (I seem to be drawn to the more personal ones.) Narnia-wise I love them all, but LWW has always been no.1.
Once I finally read 'Paradise Lost', then Lewis' 'Preface' that'll probably rank highly too.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby nomad » 21 Mar 2006, 01:06

I have to say Till We Have Faces. That one just blew me away. I don't understand why it's not more widely read. It's been several years now and I think I'm due for a re-read.
There's still several non-fiction that I haven't read.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby magpie » 21 Mar 2006, 02:05

I voted for the Great Divorce, but A Grief Observed and Screwtape are tied for second.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby jo » 21 Mar 2006, 11:26

Yay, another TWHF fan :D
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Esther » 21 Mar 2006, 23:38

I strongly agree that Till We Have Faces is the best. I believe Lewis himself even considered it his best. It's so strange and fascinating, with so much theology brilliantly and subtly woven through the whole the thing. It took me three readings to feel like I really understood it, but once I did, I was amazed.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby A#minor » 22 Mar 2006, 03:59

It really is just impossible to choose! I've wanted to change my vote three times in the last few hours.
All his works are so vital and helpful and inspiring in their own ways.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Cymru » 31 Mar 2006, 19:55

I can't believe I voted this way - or rather, I should say that I wouldn't have believed I would vote this way after reading Til We Have Faces for the first time last year. But this is precisely why I chose it.

It has revealed itself to me over and over again since I first touched it that it never ceases to amaze me. What Lewis did here is unbelievable. The layers never seem to stop peeling away. It is a masterpiece.

It is very hard though, I must say, to compare his fiction works with his non-fiction works. They are entirely different. I suppose though, that I feel this fictional piece so finely wove his own beliefs into it, that it is the supreme choice. That is far more complicated than "laying it on the line" in a non-fiction work.

I think TWHF is the culmination of all that C.S. Lewis was to the literary and theological community.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby loeee » 31 Mar 2006, 21:06

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........

I can't choose!
Best children's book: TLWW
Best adult fiction: TWHF (but they're all good)
Best nonfiction: either Mere Christianity or Miracles
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Re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby a_hnau » 19 Jun 2006, 20:18

jo wrote:Which is your favourite of all Lewis's books?


I wanted to vote for the Cosmic Trilogy as a whole, but opted for Perelandra. It's the one work of Lewis's that I always pull off the shelf to read again and again...
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby King Edmund » 29 Jun 2006, 22:40

Lion, Withch and Wardrobe. Just becuase I can relate to it.
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