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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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By Michelle Pierce on 08-22-14

Wow!

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.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Charles Atkinson on 07-10-16

My Favorite CS Lewis Work

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.

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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