The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

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In a dream, the narrator finds himself in the grey limbo of Hell, where the disgruntled and ghostly inhabitants take a bus-ride to the plains of Heaven, where they meet angels and the souls of those already in Heaven. This striking fable portrays Hell as small and shrunken, less substantial than Heaven, which is bright and solid and the ultimate Reality. The occupants of Hell can never become part of Heaven, for their spiritual blindness prevents them from entering into its glorious reality. They prefer their own shrunken version of reality, to the joy which could be theirs. This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C.S. Lewis's most enduring works. As ever, Lewis communicates deep spiritual truths through the sheer power of the fantastic.
Publisher: London : Collins, 2012.
Edition: C.S. Lewis Signature Classics ed.
ISBN: 9780007461233
Characteristics: 146 p. ; 20 cm.


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Jun 26, 2017

A compelling read, with thoughts to consider about eternity. Choosing love and forgiveness is a daunting task for us all, and may prove to have dire consequences in the end if we don't do them well.

Jan 14, 2017

I am usually into this kind of book but just really couldn't get into it. Made it about 20 pages in then gave up and got a different book.

Aug 24, 2016

A very, very interesting concept of heaven and hell. It made me think about the nature of eternity and the importance of knowing what will happen to you when you die. It also made me wonder whether C. S. Lewis actually did dream this. A thought-provoking book, well worth reading for anyone.

euclid13 Aug 13, 2012

Lewis' understanding of human nature is keen. Good description of "hell". GREAT BOOK.

ghrohrs Aug 01, 2012

This book presents what I believe is the most compelling concept of what the afterlife really holds. I especially appreciate the idea that hell will be filled with souls who never forgave or evolved beyond their petty peeves against their enemies. Fools in hell choose to carry on earthly misery and grudges instead of living in the present, forgiving and trusting in God.

For spiritual minds seeking comfort in their struggles to seek peace in everyday life. Also, for those of us needing a wake-up call from our small-minded misery.

Sometimes, when I pass on concepts from this beautiful book, I cry as I think about the beauty of these concepts.

You won't soon forget this book.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

A dream. A parable. A short read but a good one. There is wisdom contained in this, perhaps foolishness as well but even the foolishness is worth thinking before dismissing it. An enjoyable, thought provoking read. It feels different from most of Lewis's work, and is not any the worse for it. Read this book.

Jan 21, 2011

This was a splendid book! I really enjoyed the different view of earth being merely a shadow and that heaven really is where the solid things really are. Very deep book, but really meaningful.

Rachiecakes Aug 08, 2009

Best book I've ever read -- couldn't get a clearer picture of eternity than this.


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Jun 10, 2008

Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.

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