The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

Alternative cover for ISBN: 978-0-00-746123-3 C.S. Lewis? The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis?s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewi Alternative cover for ISBN: 978-0-00-746123-3 C.S. Lewis? The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegoric...

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  • Gabriel
    Sep 12, 2007
    As a story, this isn?t that amazing, as very little ?happens.? As a collection of images about theology, and especially about sin and how it can keep one away from union with God, it is very insightful. Lewis, in my view, provides the best explanations of how heaven works, or mor...
  • booklady
    Dec 05, 2010
    Lewis wrote The Great Divorce in response to William Blake?s famous poem, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Lewis didn't believe such a marriage of good and evil was possible on any level. He wrote, ? is not like a pool but like a tree. It does not move towards unity but awa...
  • Rachel
    May 29, 2008
    Once again C.S. Lewis shows us how deft he is at cracking open the mysteries of human spirituality and motivation. This book is an allegory for heaven and hell and as he describes each of the characters and how they ultimately choose their eternal reward, we can glimpse a bit of oursel...
  • Werner
    Sep 04, 2013
    I've classified this book on my "Christian life and thought" shelf, which is one of my nonfiction shelves. Technically, one might argue that this is a work of fiction, a made-up narrative that uses the device of a dream vision to supposedly describe places to which no earth-bound human...
  • Nikki
    Jul 14, 2008
    I just listened to the audio of "The Great Divorce." It was my first reading of this book, and I know there will be many re-readings in my future. I feel a first reading was really just a glimpse of what it will be like to delve into it again and again. First of all, I must say that I ...
  • John
    Jun 06, 2008
    This is my favorite work by C.S. Lewis. I?d give it 8 stars, . . if ?twer possible. In it, Lewis reacts to moral relativism (the Marriage of Heaven and Hell) by suggesting that ?you cannot take all luggage with you on all journeys; on one journey even your right hand and your...
  • Liz
    Mar 30, 2009
    Almost without exception, whatever CS Lewis writes is fine with me. The Great Divorce is my 2nd favorite CS Lewis book (I am not counting the Narnia series), and what I thought was most interesting about it was the people who were in hell did not know they were in hell. This is a famil...
  • Anne
    Jul 12, 2008
    I LOVE reading everything C.S. Lewis. I read this book a few years ago and I couldn't put it down. The section of the book that stands out most to me is when the main character observes a conversation between two people (one who lives in heaven and one who is just visiting to see what ...
  • Laurel Hicks
    Feb 13, 2009
    2016: I always love meeting George Macdonald again. This serious fantasy abounds in humor and understanding of human nature. 2014: In this brief and beautiful allegory, Lewis takes us on a tour of heaven and hell, where we learn about our powers to choose between self and salvation....
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Oct 30, 2009
    One of my favorite (if not my favorite) C. S. Lewis works (and I am a C. S. Lewis fan). The insight in this book about God and man's relationship with Him is wonderful. I suppose that many who read this will already know that I'm a Christian. I won't belabor it, if you're interested...
  • Mark
    Sep 13, 2010
    This is one of the cleverest and yet simplest explorations of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory that I have ever read. There is a day trip up from hell, the travellers get off and meet people who have come to talk to them, to help them on their journey. This journey is expressed in all sorts ...
  • Clare Cannon
    Aug 11, 2011
    This little book is too powerful to read only once. It is important to note that it has nothing to do with the impression given by its title - it is not about divorce. It is an allegory about the choices we make during life and where they will take us afterwards, though it is not stric...
  • Demetrius Rogers
    Jan 19, 2016
    My word. This was amazing. How come I haven't read this before now? When you think of Lewis you think of the Chronicles of Narnia, probably Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters. But, over the years I've been trying to delve into some of his other works. And after reading this, ...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    Jul 19, 2011
    Oh my goodness, I'm in shock! I feel like I have been hit with a ton of spiritual bricks; not an uncommon feeling after reading any of Lewis' books. How wonderful! The best part is that no matter what the subject or plot, Lewis always turns the focus back to Christ. This book remin...
  • David Sarkies
    Jul 23, 2011
    Lewis on Hell 13 November 2011 Even though he does have some strange ideas, I always enjoy reading a book by C.S. Lewis, and this book is no exception. The Great Divorce is actually an excellent exploration of the nature of heaven and hell and is about a man who finds himself in '...
  • Jacob Aitken
    Aug 04, 2011
    (or how to obtain infinite joy by abandoning your-self) This book is truly one of Lewis? masterpieces. Lewis tells a parable of a bus ride from heaven to hell in order to show us why people choose hell. Lewis is not saying that somebody, once in hell, have a chance for ?do-ove...
  • Jakob J.
    Nov 02, 2011
    If heaven and hell are this boring, we're doomed either way. ...
  • Cleo
    Dec 01, 2011
    If you found yourself in Hell and then were offered a chance to leave and spend an eternity in Heaven, you'd jump at it, wouldn't you? ??.. Or would you ??.?? The Great Divorce tells of a journey of souls from the grey town, which we soon see represents Hell, to a wide open ...
  • Celeste
    Jul 17, 2019
    There?s something about the way Lewis strings together his words that has always struck a cord in me. I often have a difficult time connecting to books concerning theology and apologetics, though there is within me a thirst for them. This is never the case with Lewis. The Great Divor...
  • Jeremy
    Aug 02, 2015
    I own this edition. Go here to listen to Lewis read his introduction. See here for Joe Rigney on Lewis on Hell. I do believe that artists have a responsibility to get theology as right as they can, even in their fiction, but I think that there is a significant difference between The...
  • nostalgebraist
    Dec 21, 2016
    I find myself in a strange place. Everything is unutterably beautiful, unusually large, and disproportionately heavy and rigid. My weight cannot bend the grass, and I cannot lift an apple. Also, I'm semi-transparent now. A blindingly luminescent human figure approaches me. C. S. LEW...
  • Liam Degnan
    Oct 07, 2012
    One of my all time favorites. I pick it up every now and again when I need some good reminders. Highly recommend! ...
  • Gator
    Apr 08, 2019
    Great Book, a bit complex however there are plenty of videos on line to help explain once it?s all over. Here are some below , I hope the links work. It?s great to see some of the book acted out. ?It?s a stronger angel, and therefore when it falls, a fiercer devil.? ?...
  • Brian
    May 02, 2018
    I?m learning that, at least to me, reading Lewis can be a terrifying, dangerous endeavor. Why? Because he will change you and influence you without your realizing it. In all honesty, I had some trouble reading through this at times. I couldn?t get beyond my theological disagreement...
  • Kells Next Read
    Dec 27, 2016
    I've finally decided to read through as much C.S. Lewis works as I can and decided to start with The Great Divorce. I was by no means disappointed, in fact my appetite has been aroused and I'm hungry to devour more of this authors works. Actual ratings 4.25 ...
  • Brian
    Dec 19, 2018
    ?Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good.? ?The Great Divorce? is a didactic novel and the premise though intriguing is not always interesting. Some ?ghosts? board a bus in Hell and make their way to a portion of Heaven (although it does not seem to...
  • Abigayle Claire
    Jun 29, 2017
    I had a misconception about what this book was actually on, and a dream of Heaven and Hell was not it. It was fascinating the way Lewis demonstrated some strong philosophies and thought-provoking points through the medium of allegory yet again. While he intentionally states that he's n...
  • Sunshine Rodgers
    Dec 19, 2016
    C.S. Lewis? ?The Great Divorce? was puzzling at first. I read and kept waiting for the action. When was the plot going to happen? When is there going to be a turn of events? When is the story going to progress? And all the while I kept thinking about different scenarios and vario...
  • Svetlana H.
    Nov 16, 2017
    One of my absolute favorites. C.S. Lewis is awesome as always. A bus ride through Hell cant get any better. Definitely a must read for every Christian. ...
  • Fergus
    May 01, 2018
    Imagine that you awoke one morning to find yourself wandering the streets of a grimy, gritty little twilit city in the middle of Nowhere. You meander past endless shuttered and decrepit storefronts advertising nothing anyone would ever possibly want or need... find yourself...