20/05/2001

The Great Divorce (by CS Lewis)

I do enjoy CS Lewis's writing. His works are an interesting mixture of clever children's fiction and clear Christian apologetic, with a few allegorical Christian stories for adults too.

'The Great Divorce' falls into the last category. It's a classic now, a fable or allegory of heaven and hell, exploring the reasons why some people reject heaven and prefer to live in other places. It would probably call down judgement from strict fundamentalists, but it's not supposed to be taken literally. It is, however, thought-provoking and very well-written.

On the other hand, the ending is abrupt and rather a disappointment. So while it's worth reading, it's not one of my favourites by Lewis.

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