The selection was not informative. It amounted mostly to discussing the scholarly names for mannerisms and tendencies that everyone already recognizes in their day to day communications.
I've read several Modern Scholar selections and enjoyed most of them, but not this one. The professor had very little practical information to offer. Most of it was examples of miscommunication to which the narrator supplied the linguistic terms. This selection might be of use if you are Sheldon Cooper or Mr. Data from Star Trek. Anyone who has good communication skills will find almost nothing valuable here. Worst of all, the professor tries to tell us that those who simply wait for their turn to talk instead of trying to listen actively, ask questions and be engaged in what we are saying are not really rude, they just have a different conversational style. Ya, I'll say. Don't waste a credit on this one.
God is my favorite character. Even though Lewis doesn't render Him overtly, the story contains a vision of how God intended things to be. It would be impossible not to love Him if we understood Him the way Lewis did.
Howard has the whole range of intangibles that separate mediocre readers from very good ones. He can carry the tone and mood of each situation without making himself the object in place of the text.
This is a masterful novel. Those of us who were raised in the Christian faith often find that we begin with a "Jesus Loves Me" kind of understanding of Christianity. When we outgrow that understanding, we need a deeper, more personal knowledge of God. Thank God for C.S. Lewis. I hesitated to read this series at first because, having read the Narnia books, I was afraid these wouldn't be satisfying to adults. They are. They exceeded my expectations in every way. They surpass my own grasp of Christianity and leave me "older" in the faith with many new, profound things to take back to the Bible. Read Lewis. Deepen your faith.
I would recommend this book to everyone high school age and older. It's a book full of honesty and wisdom.
I would compare this book to The Lord of the Rings. It is a book about Western Civilization with the familiar Christian ethos and Greek wisdom. It isn't high adventure like LOTR, but the charactes are lovable and memorable.
The best scene is when the protagonist has to stand before an almighty court and make her complaint against the gods. She realizes that her own will has been the thing that made what could have been a beautiful and meaningful life into a petty and difficult one.
Time for reflection is really helpful with this book. One chapter per night was good.
Never mind that stuff about the temporal shifts and breaks making the story hard to follow. If you're paying attention it isn't a problem. Stylistically, this book doesn't disappoint; so if you like a page-turner, this is pulp with a little extra. The claims to wisdom that the several stories make, lead you to think that the ending will be the kind of enlightening summation you get from, say, Janet Fitch or Margaret Atwood. Instead, it falls flat. The book is over quite a bit before it actually ends if you know what I mean. This is the kind of award-winning let-down we got from Sue Monk Kidd. I don't recommend it.
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