This book is a slice of Lewis' mind. As a compilation of essays between 1940-1945, you would think that it would be dated. Yet, Lewis characteristically merges the timely with the timeless, which makes this tome a book for all seasons.
Each chapter is an isolated essay, but all revolve around the themes established in "Abolition of Man." These include the elimination of absolute values, the effects of literature on character education, and so forth.
Intermixed with these heavy and pressing topics, however, are two essays, "Hedonics" and "Talking About Bicycles." There are about mere pleasures and the simple delights of existence. You can taste and feel his sense of life and his sense of delightful please in common day things. Lewis is no curmudgeon, but something else-a mixture of rugged Elijah and tender Elisha.
Lewis, as a literati, amateur historian, and an ex-pagan, has a good eye for decadence. Indeed, his was a warning voice that SHOULD have been headed. We are so far downstream that it would take several C. S. Lewises to effect a turnabout. This may be impossible, but at least we can start with ourselves.
This is not the best book for Lewis neophytes. Start with the anthology "A Mind Awake," and stick with the "Five Classics," and "Abolition of Man." Then work your way through "Weight Of Glory" and "God In The Dock."