Kathleen in FL
I have listened to this book over and over since my husband's death two months ago. I keep it on my phone to call up at any time, while driving or startled awake at 4 AM. It gives me peace whenever I am feeling overcome with grief, which is most of the time. So much of Lewis' raw emotion at the loss of his beloved wife is exactly what I may be feeling at a particular moment. Unlike many of his books for adults, Lewis is not cerebral in this long essay on grief. He is a husband who misses his wife terribly, is profoundly sad at her death and questions his long-held beliefs in a loving God.
A Grief Observed has helped me stay sane. It helps me to get out of bed in the morning. It helps me to understand that I am not crazy. And it gives me hope that in time the pain of grief will lessen somewhat.
Ph.D Candidate of Medieval English Literature concentrating on transgender and disability. Writer on theology and the LGBT community.
One of my favorite books in CS Lewis's many publications (well above the Chronicles of Narnia) and for that reason a "must have" for a fan's audiobook library.
A Grief Observed is the book I assign to students to contrast the persona CS Lewis puts forth in his other books (a witty but erudite, at times elitist, academic). Suddenly the effects of fame and polish of education fall away from Lewis, leaving behind a nonetheless brilliant, sensitive, and humble man his intimates knew as "Jack."
For students of gender, the passage where Lewis considers how his wife was for him not only in diverse ways, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a wife but also a host of other masculine identities shows a clear break from a more authoritarian and demarcated binary for gender that Lewis establishes in some of his other works.
The whole book will at once inspire and break readers down as they spend time with a sincere, uncertain, and grieving man.
Just a person in Orange, Ca.
The emotions many have after the demise of a spouse.
Of course I wept . I've only lost one that was truly loved.
A good gift for a confused grieved person- but don't shove it on straight away!
Thank you CS Lewis for showing me that I am not alone in flinging questions at the brass dome of heaven. Life is pain and grief the worst of all. I found this manuscript so intriguing I bought the Kindle edition to study more.
I so appreciate how skeptical, almost cynical he was towards God in his pain at first. He is raw and loved very deeply. There are no easy, trite answers here, and after losing my dad, there seems to be quite a few people who like to offer those answers.
Seeing the human that was C.S. Lewis.
I'm an unabashed C.S. Lewis fan. I love his philosophy, the way he looks at the world, and I love the way his words seem to echo what I think. If you are not a C.S. Lewis fan I'm not sure how much you will get out of this book. However for people who want a more intimate look inside this wonderful authors head, and for people who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, I would highly recommend this book.
Some kind of audio cleanup! It was like Lewis was sitting in a room far from the microphone with a lot of excess garble and noise. I found it very hard to pay attention to.
I liked that Lewis was reading it, but truly, his voice is lost in the old recording.
This is not Ralph Cosham's performance... ??? I don't know why it's asking me about this person. It is a recording of CS Lewis, that's what I got when I downloaded mine anyway...
Go with the book or a new recording.
Not well written and should never have been made into a book. That was not the original intent.