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This was my 3rd or 4th time reading The Great Divorce, which continues to be one of my favorite books of all time. Lewis presents a vision of heaven, hell, divine judgment, and human response to God which is incredibly profound and yet easily digested. I highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read it yet. It's a short read--about 3 hours perhaps. This audiobook version was excellent and made several hours of yard work quite enjoyable.The Abolition of Man sits on just about the opposite
(a repeat listen) As a duo listen this rates as 3 stars for me.Separately The Great Divorce , on audio, would be 2-3 stars, and, The Abolition of Man /i> is a solid 4 . I’m currently reading through TGD quickly, and then TAoM slowly.
This rating and review are for The Abolition of Man. I have already rated The Great Divorce.The Abolition of Man contains excellent arguments against relativism, for ultimate truth and morality. Three stars for enjoyment, four stars for value of argument.
I really enjoyed The Great Divorce. The Abolition of Man made me want to take a nap. I don't know if I just wasn't in the right mindset (each freaking time I pushed play), but I never got into it, and never cared to give it the focus that I assume it needed. I did a little dance when I finally got to the end because it meant that I could move on to much more enjoyable things. And no, I still couldn't tell you what it was about.
The Great Divorce 5 stars, Abolition of Man a wobbly 3
The Great Divorce was a deep and beautiful philosophical imagining of the afterlife. I was less fascinated by The Abolition of Man, which was a sermon or lecture. I may try to re-read it at some point.
The Great Divorce is wonderful in the way Lewis characterizes Hell and something people choose for themselves, and which becomes purgatory to those who choose to leave it. Also, I would dearly love to be back in the classroom, if only to assign The Abolition of Man and watch the sparks fly!
Wow, this was great. I will have to read abolition of man again cause there was a ton there. I decided to to a quick overview read so I can come back later and have a baseline.
He's kind of like Shakespeare to me. So hard to understand at times - yet at the same time, he makes sooooo much sense.
"The Abolition of Man" is a must-read for Christian educators, as it provides Lewis's philosophy of education. Education is a moral act, shaping both the thought life and the spirit. To do less, especially willfully, is to create men (and women) "without chests:" heartless.A section describing the frightening consequences of trying to free mankind from the worst in human nature through totalitarianism, bioengineering, and political correctness, provides a convincing proof that they will only ens...
I LOVED the Great Divorce. Typical C.S. Lewis. Amusing while all the while imparting valuable Spiritual Truths that help everyone to take a second look at their lives. In this book, a world exists of ghosts and spirits. Heaven and Hell are but realms based on where we insist on putting our minds. What's not to like?
I borrowed this combined audiobook through my library via Libby.The Great Divorce is a thought provoking journey into the afterlife. Despite there being countless other books on the topic (Inferno, The Pilgram's Progress, No Exit, Lincoln in the Bardo, etc.) Lewis offers a unique take that's worth reading. This is a quick read that views people as more than just caricatured saints and sinners. Real life is more complicated. Lewis is a master of being simultaneously forceful and metaphorical. The...
In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis makes a compelling argument for the relevance of qualities that have become somewhat downtrodden in our day - qualities like courage, honor, faithfulness, and so forth. It is a short collection of three related essays. Like many of the best books I have read, it will bear repeated reading. This is my first, really a listen, since it is an audio book, and it gave me the outline of Lewis' thoughts and ideas. My next will be with a hard copy, with pen and noteboo...
From the ordering of the title, you would think that "The Abolition of Man" would come first, followed by "The Great Divorce". This is not the case.The Great Divorce:This is an allegory with slightly more substance than "The Screwtape Letters", but less than "Pilgrim's Progress". There is no real plot to speak of. The author imagined one version of what heaven and hell might be like, and filled the space with various examples of thoughtless behavior by self-centered people who think they are rig...
The Great Divorce is a work of fiction in a similar vein as The Pilgrim's Progress. In this case, our unnamed narrator is on a bus that is traveling from a city to a wooded land near a mountain. When he arrives, he discovers everything about the land is hard. The grass is like spikes; falling water would kill him. The people are bright spirits which makes the translucence of the ghosts he is traveling with much more apparent. It's a fascinating look at heaven and hell, and the choices people mak...
The Abolition of Man is a series of lectures/essays that I had some difficulty truly understanding. (If I really want to comprehend them, I will need to go back and actually read them instead of listening to the book.) The gist of the book seemed to be about virtues and values and how individuals cannot create them anew as they already exist. The Great Divorce reminded me a bit of The Pilgrim's Progress in that it communicates a message about how our current life and decisions will be reflected
This edition contained two of Lewis's writings. The first was The Great Divorce. I enjoyed this book. It gave a very unique perspective on Heaven and Hell and who will enter. Lewis did a great job portraying the negative aspects of the human life that plague people and keep them trapped in our own humanness. By using people, spirits and their conversations, the main character was able to see and hear how seemingly plausible perspectives from the people are jaded when it comes to their mindset of...
The Great Divorce was okay - a conglomeration of different Christian allegories and other non-Christian writing styles. A bit of a flavor of Alice in Wonderland. It was okay - I listened through it to get to the Abolition of Man.As another reviewer stated:"The Abolition of Man" is a must-read for Christian educators, as it provides Lewis's philosophy of education. Education is a moral act, shaping both the thought life and the spirit. To do less, especially willfully, is to create men (and women...
This was a rather odd pairing of CS Lewis books — one, a fairly literary and entertaining description of heaven and hell, and the other, a reasonably well argued but dry/boring argument about morality. The Divorce is worth reading even if you don’t care either way about the argument, merely for the quality of description.
My second read of The Great Divorce and my first time through The Abolition of Man. Both are great. I need to pore over The Abolition of Many again - some really good philosophy there, and an outcry against the generalized air of seeing "through" all emotion and value that was apparently as common back in the day as it is now.
C.S. Lewis impresses me more and more. I finished listening to these books with more thoughts and questions that I started which is exactly what I was looking for. I don't agree with everything he said or insinuated but he obviously gave this more thought than I have given anything in my life. I am thankful he had the courage to write it down.
This particular work contained two short books. The Abolition of Man is a treatise on education and is packed with philosophy. I listened to the book and got the gist of it. In order to truly understand it, I would need to reread it slowly and carefully. The Great Divorce was equally hard to grasp. It is a fictional depiction of Heaven and Hell.
Two books in one! Worth the listen/read. Short commitment of time.The Great Divorce was an interesting story of Heaven and Hell and how one can separate them by ones willingness to accept God and his forgiveness of sin.The Abolition of Man was the acceptance of science and nature the “natural”way of man and the unintended consequences of “man’s attempts” to use science to control nature.
I have been told several times that The Abolition of Man is one of C. S. Lewis best works. Having finally read it myself I couldn’t agree. It is on a much higher reading level than many of his other books so don’t expect a quick easy read. It is however scary how much that talked about as possibility has become current reality.
I found The Great Divorce much easier to comprehend than The Abolition of Man. Lewis to too deep a philosopher for me. He makes my brain hurt. This is his only book to date that I found hard to follow.
Lust transformed into the white powerful stallion of erotic energy. The suburbs of hell and a bus stop. Sarah Smith a wonderful lady unknown on Earth and lauded in Heaven. So imaginative and true. No scape goating please.
This is just what I needed to read. Lewis always does a great job of slapping me in the face and making me appreciate it's beauty. Anything he writes it wonderful.The Great Divorce is a narrative account of Lewis witnessing souls in Heaven and Hell with many illustrations of traps that separate us from Christ but we fall into constantly. Engaging and practical.The Abolition of Man is a commentary on education that turns into proofs for the postulates of morality. He shows us that there is no way...
An interesting lyrical tale. There were definitely some interesting characters.
One of my favorite authors and listened to this one again on audio book. I recommend you read anything he has written.
I intend to listen to this book again to fully grasp the thick C.S. Lewis metaphorical perspective on morality as it is dense to get into initially.