Split you lungs with blood and thunder,
when you see the white, whale!
Break your backs and crack your oars men,
if you wish to prevail!
This ivory leg is what compels me,
harpoons thrust in the sky!
Aim directly for his broken brow,
and look him straight in the eye!
I am Captain Ahab...if am not back by spring forward my mail to me in the south pacific.
And, if I am not back my summer, forward my mail to me in hell!
Off-beat, surreal, sacrilegous, sordid, and almost no robots involved, at all. Its a twisted hallucinogenic tale of improvised dogma based on science-fiction constructs. Its like a Phillip K. Dick version of scientology. Reminded me of Fuceault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco.
Valis is like Naked Lunch meets Life of Brian. Very sublte humor. Who knew irreverent science fiction could be so much fun?
Fun! - This book is a quick collection of letters from an arch-fiend to a subordinate temptor-fiend regarding one individual man's progress-and lack of progress-towards hell; as read by John Cleese! Cleese gives an appropriately bombastic and poignant performance as arch-fiend Uncle Screwtape. Each letter is more surpising than the last. The author, C.S. Lewis has some very shocking opinions concerning virtuous living. For example, Lewis asserts that the Enemy of the Devils sees very few humans applying to His Office at an old age, as in the addage: "The Good Die Young." This is in the context of England during the First World War.
Brilliant! - The author covers the broad spectrum of virtues and vices faced by men of all ages. The message is that only action defines real faith.
Virtuous! - I feel the book is an examination of real virtue against progressivism both in and outside the context of the static values of Judeo-Christianity. Let's hope that readers of all beiliefs-and lack of beliefs-take some action.
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