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The Great Divorce | [C. S. Lewis]

The Great Divorce

C. S. Lewis's 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?
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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.

©1973 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    What did you love best about The Great Divorce?

    This is an intersting take on why people choose not to believe or what in their psyche prevents them from being able to believe.


    What other book might you compare The Great Divorce to and why?

    This one stands on its own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the selfish mother who distorts something as beautiful as love for her son into something evil.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the lizard was destroyed, the description of the awakening was amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    I've read this book 3 times now. It's truly amazing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Austin 02-25-15
    Austin 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Tow 07-24-15
    Keith Tow 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opening"

    Great book!!! The narration was very good, I enjoyed the different characters. This book made me stop and think about all I have been led to believe through the teachings of organized religion.

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    Brittany 07-22-15
    Brittany 07-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite work from CS Lewis"

    This is my all time favorite book from CS Lewis. Very well preformed as well.

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    Richard D Ferris Clermont, FL 07-09-15
    Richard D Ferris Clermont, FL 07-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful narration of this title!"

    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!

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    Baba 06-22-15
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    "If life were a tree...."

    A beautiful captivating fantasy based off the assumption that in order to advance through the afterlife one must first reconcile past mistakes and wrong doings.
    It is a counterpoint, in my option, to the Devine Comedy it is much clearer and relatable to the greatness of The Inferno..
    Paints a picture far more interesting the the circles of heaven and hell!
    Must read for anyone who has read Donte and seeks a different approach.
    Beautiful narration and worth the time!

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    Brian J 05-20-15
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    "Amazing"

    One of the best books I have ever heard. Though it was fiction, it makes one think.
    It's a must read or listen to.

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    MATTHEW MCNATT 05-19-15

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    "Superb production values for a wonderful classic!"

    The Great Divorce is a fantastic piece of literature, and this is the first audio recording I've heard that does it justice. Highly recommended!

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    Gabe 05-13-15
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    "Great read! Heaven vs Hell; thought provoking"

    Ever thought about the battle or differences between Heaven and Hell? Between God's good and evil incarnate? Lewis provokes deep thoughts on the nature of Heaven and the petty grievances we hold against God that reveal our ignorance and evil original unregenerated nature

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    Catherine 04-25-15
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    "undescribable it must be experienced!! again"

    and again and again the narrator did a fantasic job!! have aleady recommended to priest and friends

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