I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but my mom is my reason for loving to read and she often refers books to me to read so we can discuss. I love when my mother comes to visit. We talk about books, share books, and are perfectly content to sit together reading different books after spending some time at the pool. I come by the bookish genes quite honestly!
Well, this year she brought two books she really wanted me to read. The first is The Unseen Angel by Alissa Parker (Review coming soon.) and the other is The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.
We both have a wide range of reading interests and I was excited to get her recommendation to read C.S. Lewis. She has been on a real kick reading some of his more obscure works and I know him for Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, so yeah. This is definitely not like that. Let’s get on to the review.
Short story/ religious
C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.
I’ve read many of Lewis’ works and find his religious bent interesting. As a not particularly religious person myself, though having grown up in a very strictly religious home, I still find his work quite interesting, particularly in that it reflects much of what I have also observed about people’s behaviors (never mind my religious beliefs.)
The Great Divorce does not disappoint in that respect. Often those who think that they are better than, or less sinful, or more morally upright, or whatever thing we use to prop ourselves up in comparison of “Others” are often the ones outsiders look upon as being not very good people.
Although I enjoyed the Screwtape Letters more, The Great Divorce is much along that same vein, not pointing the finger at the obvious sinners (such as myself) but providing a reflection for those who are striving to be righteous and do not see their sins, or minimize them for the sake of their religious pride. Even for those who are not religious, we can see ourselves doing the same if we look deep within. And at a time where people seem so determined to be divided by their moral/ religious/ political causes, this is a good read to remind us to look inward first and to ask ourselves if our behavior is just, or just to prop ourselves up?
If you would like to learn more about The Great Divorce, you can check it out here:
I have no idea why it has that weird cover. The paperback has the cover in the review post so I’m pretty sure it’s the same book?
Until next time,