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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: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby VixenMage » 30 Jun 2006, 02:52

Argh! I voted for That Hideous Strength, because I wasn't thinking. >.> I really do prefer Till We Have Faces. But THS is good too... it had the greatest effect on my emotions, but TWHF touched the deepest. :cry: It's impossible to choose!
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby carol » 01 Jul 2006, 01:11

Objection, Your Honour!!

The title asks "What was Lewis's best book?" - so I was going to vote for Mere Christianity.

But then the question actually asks which we like best! So I had to vote for LWW. But really I wanted to vote for MC.

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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Áthas » 01 Jul 2006, 17:05

It's hard for me to draw a line between "best book" and book that touched me most. I voted for "The Last Battle" because of it's very powerful positive effect it had on me as a teenager... to me that means it must be very good since back then hardly anything from a Christian author could have had a positive effect on me. However, I consider THS to be just as good, though for different reasons.
Actually, I would need to vote for still more of his books (e.g. the Screwtape Letters), but I guess that doesn't fit in here since the thread asks about one "best book". :smile:
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby wood-maid » 03 Jul 2006, 04:22

When it comes to his "best" book, I have no idea...he covers so many different genres. But The Last Battle is probably my personal favorite (closely followed by The Silver Chair). It impacted me more than any of the other Narnia books, for some reason...it's seems deeper and has more of a tragic element.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Biff » 03 Jul 2006, 23:47

Tough choice. I have not yet read all of those books listed, but i had to vote for Perelandra. As much as I like Narnia, The Great Divorce, God in the Dock and Screwtape, i cannot go past the Cosmic Trilogy...
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby King Edmund » 06 Jul 2006, 22:28

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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Assistant Village Idiot » 07 Jul 2006, 02:10

I went with The Great Divorce, but was gratified to note that my next choices seemed to be attracting votes as well.

The question almost begs for a question in return: For What? For reference, for enjoyment, for education, for style? I found The Pilgrim's Regress to be one of his weaker books for art of writing, but often return to it for its educational value. TWHF, on the other hand, seems best for style, but I have never been much interested in rereading it.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Pete » 18 Jul 2006, 14:16

I voted for Last Battle, I would have voted for Horse & His Boy as well, but considering they weren't together...they're the two Lewis books which more than any other of his writings have impacted me hugely - but he has the ability to do that with any of his writing, of course! :grin:
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Robyn » 22 Jul 2006, 15:57

I voted for LWW, even though I liked it just as much as The Last Battle and TWHF...

They were all terrific! :dance:
Though I love all of the books that I've read that C. S Lewis wrote!

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

Postby Rafi » 05 Oct 2006, 21:45

It was a tose up. I love his 'Scerwtape letters' and the 'Chronicals of Narnia' but I chose Last Batte of the chronicals. Because it was the best of all the seven Chronicals and one of my favorits form C.S.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Nightmare9870 » 06 Oct 2006, 23:38

What was his best book? Speaking as a Christian, I would have to go with The Screwtape Letters. Speaking as a fan of literature, I would have to pick The Last Battle.

What was my favorite? Without a doubt it would be Till We Have Faces. It's a fantastic book and it's an injustice that the book is so underrated.
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re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby jo » 16 Oct 2006, 15:08

I haven't looked at this poll in ages :). I am surprised so many people went for The Great Divorce. I didn't like it much myself .. maybe I should read it again.
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Re: re: What was Lewis's best book?

Postby Monica » 18 Oct 2006, 12:37

[quote="jo"]
I am surprised so many people went for The Great Divorce. I didn't like it much myself .. maybe I should read it again.


For a little perspective, I checked two other Lewis book polls on the internet. Till We Have Faces won one, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe won the other. No one picked Letters to Malcolm as their favourite, yet the critics wrote, "This last book may well be more valued than many of the others," and "I think it likely that it will become Lewis's most enduring memorial."

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Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 18 Oct 2006, 13:18

I could not stand Till We Have Faces! It was so boring, so wordy, so ugh (my opinion ofcourse).
I can't vote on this poll because I think The Silver Chair is his finest work (I've read) but I'm not a huge fan of Prince Caspian. I also though The Dark Tower was an EXCELLENT read.
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Postby Monica » 18 Oct 2006, 22:45

quote="Warrior 4 Jesus
I could not stand Till We Have Faces! It was so ...ugh


You do mean ugh, not ug-ly? Because the book was about an ugly woman. :-)
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