C. S. Lewis' dazzling allegory about Heaven and Hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, where we discover that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside.
In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon in Hell and embarks on an incredible voyage to Heaven. Anyone in Hell is invited on board, and anyone may remain in Heaven if he or she so chooses. But do we really want to live in Heaven? This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C. S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil and on what God really offers us.
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This is an intersting take on why people choose not to believe or what in their psyche prevents them from being able to believe.
This one stands on its own.
The scene with the selfish mother who distorts something as beautiful as love for her son into something evil.
When the lizard was destroyed, the description of the awakening was amazing!
I've read this book 3 times now. It's truly amazing.
This is the most beautiful story I've ever heard. I started this book and went for a walk and couldn't come home this evening and fear of falling asleep before I could finish it. CS Lewis really outdid himself with the story
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
The Great Divorce is a short novel about heaven and hell. It is not meant as a theological work, but rather a tale of a dream. Still, it is a masterpiece of irony, perception and of human folly.
I listened to it in a sitting, and relistened again. Suppose those souls in hell are free to leave at anytime? After spending many years in the torment of hell, will they freely choose to abandon that existance for an eternity of joy and bliss? Apparently most would indeed choose hell. Even when they have loved ones from heaven seek patiently and tirelessly to help them leave hell, they choose misery.
In the past year I have lost two loved ones. The Great Divorce is more than a great comffort, it inspires me to view life with a different perspective.
I have read this book a few times in my life. However listening to the narrator with voice inflections and different voices for the characters made me appreciate this story on a much deeper level!
C.S. Lewis is a great author.
It opened my mind to think about life after death in a new way.
I've listened to it a few times and will go back to this story. It sticks with me. Really makes me think about how I'm showing up in every day life.
C.S. Lewis shows his brilliance in this
book, with profound insights that will provoke my thought for some time. Hopefully it will not end there, but will eventually become ideas of virtue for his readers to subsequently act upon. I was impressed with the portrayal of heaven and the damned, in which Lewis gives a unique perspective on the life we are trying to live and the end we are trying to achieve. I recommend this book for any who are serious about pursuing a life of virtue and the end goal of unity with God in heaven. (Probably high school and up)
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