This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within this audiobook is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.
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First of all, I did expect this to contain material by Lewis that was incomplete, yet even knowing that didn't remove the disappointment I felt when the stories just stopped. I can appreciate the notes, background info and the look into the author while young, but I was left with an unexpected incompleteness. Lewis fans who want to get a taste of some projects that never hit the big time should enjoy this, but be prepared for abrupt story endings with no explanations and no attempt to examine the endings. Hope this helps. Later.
There needs to be a clear announcement at the beginning of the story that the end is missing.
of course, he's an awesome writer
Your Brother in Christ
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is C.S. Lewis. The stories are great even if not as developed and finished as some of his more popular works. They give a person greater insight into the workings of a truly masterful story teller's mind.
I would compare these short stories to books like "the great divorce." Or perhaps to the posthumously published Tolkien short stories that are not always finished, but open up a new world for you to play with.
I loved "the Dark Tower." But I had to laugh and replay the part where C.S. Lewis comes up with an acronym spelling "What Ho" for the name of a woman's group intent on sending ugly prostitutes to scientists in space.
I did listen to this book all in one sitting. It wasn't very long, and it was a nice way to relax while I carved on a Sunday afternoon.
Two of the stories are incomplete novels, but every story has at least one reference to how he dislikes modern women. One story had a friend visit, regrettably, with his fiancee. Lewis enters her mind and finds it vapid and second rate. Another story, men are sent to Mars, and a counsel back on Earth (made of women) decide men can't do without sex so they ask for volunteers. In this way a fat seventy year old whore and a woman professor of psychology are dropped off for the boys, who want nothing to do with them. Very odd collection, not sure if he was attempting humour or not. If you like Lewis of Narnia or Lewis the apologist, I would stay away from this. Narrator was very good.
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