5.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis: Tough Reading, and Tough Lessons
C.S. Lewis is an awesome writer, both with fiction and non-fiction. In the Screwtape Letters, as you already know, Screwtape is writing letters of advice to Wormwood, about how to tempt and otherwise pervert the ways of his "patient".
It can be tough, grueling reading at times, but it so perfectly illuminates the sinful side of everyone...and can be an indicator of...
Published on Feb. 5 2003 by Dave
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Overall a well written book that does however start to get a bit tedious. A reply from Wormwood or correspondence with other demons might have livened up the book. Words about the war and hinting of inderlying problems between Screwtape and his nephew went nowhere. I was hoping for a level twist like that in the story "Flowers for Algenon".
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Peragulator
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Novel Draws Back The Curtain,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)This is a novel that lets the reader see behind the veil separating this world from our the "other" world. It is an amazing piece of work for C.S. Lewis; a real triumph for those who want to see true evil exposed.
Parts of the novel can become slightly confusing to a reader unfamiliar with the time-period in which C.S. Lewis uses as a backdrop to this story...but other than that one drawback, it is an awesome piece of work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis still Rocks.,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)My brother bought me this one for Christmas. Beautifully written. This will change the way you look at everyday things. Every believer should read as much C.S. Lewis as possible.
5.0 out of 5 stars Origional and Insightful,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)C.S. Lewis' 'Screwtape Letters' gives true insight on both faith and the human condition.
Lewis shows off some of his most inventive story telling in his postal service tale between a Devil(Screwtape) and his nephew (wormwood).
This book give perfect insight to the nature of Satan and the hungering forces of evil, while including a refined English charm to his characters. He takes the dark side and adds a bit of hillarity to it; making this a slightly sinister dark comedy and a truely beautiful peice of literature that is both well written and inspirational to its audience.
C.S. Lewis' wit, charm and intellect is perfectly reflected in this novel. No wonder it has remained a classic of his writtings.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Astonishing,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)I first read The Screwtape Letters at the age of 15, and two years later I've read the book countless times and continue to find deeper meaning in each reading. Lewis expertly reveals the devices used to tempt the unsuspecting human; and I'm sure I'm not the only one who realizes several more of their own blunders every time they pick up the book. The traps of temptation are laid bare as Lewis ruthlessly exposes the suble art of manipulation.
This book is highly philosophical, so don't pick it up when you're looking for some escape fiction. While some complain that the book lacks "excitment," I hold that you cannot blame a philosophical book for being just that: philosophical. All the excitement needed is in the intellectual stimulation and in the wealth of knowledge provided by this book. The seriousness of this subject is artfully highlighted with Lewis's characteristic wit and humor. This is a refreshing touch to the deep and somewhat disturbing questions Lewis dares to answer. If nothing else, The Screwtape Letters will force you to truthfully examine yourself. I highly reccomend this book anyone seeking Christian literature or philosophy. It is well worth the time you take to read it.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Screwtape Letters,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Unabridged) Cd (Audio CD)The book The Screwtape Letters is written for a more mature reader, one that is interested in philosophical thinking. The book is more a theological book, than an exciting book. I would not suggest this book for a high school student. Not that it is too complicated for a teenager to read, because the story is easy to understand and follow. The book was dull, the author could not keep my attention or interest, because there was little action or excitement. Although I found it dull the book is well written, the writing style is very creative. The story makes the reader think about their one life. The "patient" represents the every day man, therefore the situations in the book parallel people's own life experiences.
5.0 out of 5 stars Work of brilliance,
This review is from: Screwtape Letters (Paperback)I'm gonna keep this review short and sweet. The Screwtape Letters is one of the most chilling books I've ever read. Anyone who enjoys reading great thought provoking literature needs to add this book to their collection. Bravo C.S. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Keep a Copy of This Book on My Shelf!,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and . . . "
With these words C.S. Lewis opens the preface of this fascinating book. This is spritual classic unlike any other in the way it deals with temptation, evil, and demons. I've purchased several copies over the years, but everybody keeps borrowing them. I've learned to keep a copy or two on my self, just for loaning out. Usually they are loaned to teens who are beginning to grapple with the possibilty of personalized evil.
It is not hard to recommend this book. An added bonus of interest is the dedication of the book. Lewis dedicated it to his long time friend and fellow member of his writing club, J.R.R. Tolkien.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book,
This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)When one first sits down to read Screwtape Letters, they will usually be baffled. You are sent straight into the middle of the story, as it seems. Young Wormwood, a junior tempter, has been assigned to his first patient. Patients are humans who have tempters inside their brains, so everyone is a patient of someone. Wormwood's job is to tempt people away from god. There is supposedly a tempter in everyone's brain, undetectable, who offers up suggestions and advice on actions the person is about to commit. All suggestions and advice are made so the patient will turn away from God, and all that is good, and toward Satan, and all that is bad. This is the basic premise of the story, yet it is much deeper. It delves into ones intellect and shows them ways that Satan catches us and tempts us.
Wormwood is the Nephew of an honored tempter, Screwtape. His Uncle Screwtape writes him letters on how to lead his patient away from God and toward sin, hence Screwtape Letters. He gives Wormwood ways to show his patient other ways of doing actions that could have bad consequences, though the tempter tries to block the thought of the consequences away from his patients thoughts. Screwtape answers Wormwoods questions about different scenarios and scolds him when he doesn't follow directions properly and lets the patient go toward The Enemy, or God.
In turn, this novel shows the reader how Satan is catching them and tempting one toward one of the seven deadly sins: anger, lust, gluttony, ect. After reading only a few chapters, one will soon come to realize their faults, which is why this book is so great. Screwtape Letters points out you wrong doings and tells of how Satan exploits them to his wishes. There really isn't a plot to this book, just a collection of letters and an underlying plot to make the understandable. It really doesn't require a huge plot though its so good. The theme Good vs. Evil is so strong it takes the plots place.
One will find this book quite enjoyable and truthful about human ways. Though in the end Wormwood does lose the patient to God, not saying how, it shows that you can fight temptation if you put your mind to it.
This novel deserves an 11 out of 10 and the Newberry Award in all categories, no matter if it even falls into them. This book is that good and everyone should read it. It will minimally change your life at least and help you recognize your own faults.
5.0 out of 5 stars Alcorn's book is a rip off of this and doesn't even compare!,
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This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)I rarely read any book more than once, unless it's mathematics, hard science or a computer science book. Few fictional books deserve more than one reading. One hand is enough to count the number of books i've read more than once.
I just bought this because i cannot find my copy. "The Screwtape Letters" is that awesome of a book! Many of you probably have heard about Randy Alcorn's book called, "L-rd Falcron's Letters." That is nothing more than a complete rip off off Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters!"
To Randy's credit, he was honest about his book being "a modern version of Lewis' book." Unfortunately, that's just one more instance of the "it's old, so it must be updated and become the victim of "Fahrenheit 451!" I'm not attacking Randy. I just have no intention of reading his book, especially since it's utterly useless compared to "The Screwtape Letters."
Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters" is one of those timeless books that stands alone, just like Orwell's "1984," Beecher-Stowes' "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Shakespeares' "Hamlet," Bellamy's "Looking Backward," and Harper-Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird, as a few examples.
"The Screwtape Letters" is one of those rare, timeless and redemptive classics. I recommend this book to everybody I know who likes to read, saved or lost. Lewis' book grips the reader very quickly and quite easily can be read in one day. The book is not very long. My only disappointment when I read it is that I cannot put it down until I've finished it, and then I feel a bit down because it's not longer!
This book is a "must read" for everybody, lost and saved. Case cloed! In my opinion, a lost person with any grey matter between the ears cannot read this book and not be affected. For a Christian, I do not see how anybody can read this book and not be ecstatic that he/she has been eternally rescued from HELL!
AWESOME BOOK! EVEN IN SPITE OF 1 COR 1:18, EVERYBODY SHOULD READ THIS BOOK, SAVED AND LOST. FOR ANY LOST PERSON WHO READS THIS BOOK AND IS NOT AFFECTED AND CHOOSES TO REMAIN LOST, ONLY A DIRECT, MIRACULOUS INTERVENTION BY THE ALMIGHTY HAS ANY CHANCE OF AFFECTING SUCH A PERSON!
2.0 out of 5 stars The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis,
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This review is from: The Screwtape Letters (Paperback)In my perspective of reading The Screwtape Letters, I found the book being very repetitive to the point where it took the excitement away from the book. Don't get me wrong the book dealt with many social issues that we as individuals undergo each and everyday of our lives. Just because I wasn't overly excited with The Screwtape Letters shouldn't hender one from reading this book. On the other hand, reading The Screwtape Letters could encourage or help someone through their troubling times.
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The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis (Paperback - Jan. 25 2001)
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