Great Divorce  -     By: C.S. Lewis
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Lewis's highly influential fantasy about heaven and hell. In Grey Town the inhabitants keep moving farther apart because of their quarrels, while in the Country, sunrise always seems a moment away. Heaven is real and the redeemed quite solid, while hell is minuscule and the damned insubstantial. 160 pages, softcover. HarperOne.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
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Publication Date: 2001
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Publisher's Description

In The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis's revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis's own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."

Author Bio

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

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“Much deserves to be quoted... attractive imagery, amusing satire, exciting speculations... Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world.”

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Book
    January 16, 2015
    Jim
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Great Divorce - eBook.
    love this book. C.S. Lewis has done a masterful job with this one in showing differences between religion and true repentance.
  2. Bay Village, Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Use Of Allegory
    February 3, 2014
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    Bay Village, Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Great Divorce is short and easy to read with use of allegory that is not too deep. CS Lewis explores unregenerate sin and its consequences in both this life and eternity. For the reflective follower of Jesus, this book will convict one of his own remaining sin. It should also raise concern if not mourning for friends and family that have hardened hearts.
  3. Charleston, IL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    C.S. Lewis at his best!
    November 5, 2012
    Cody
    Charleston, IL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was simply amazing. It was relatively short and super easy to read. It is one of those books that makes you think about life and yourself: "Am I doing the right thing?", "Is the way I've been living really what life is all about?" I recommend this book to everyone!
  4. Spring, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent, thought-provoking book!
    October 25, 2012
    omab
    Spring, TX
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great allegory/fantasy about concepts of the afterlife in Lewis's time and ours.
  5. Hickory Grove, South Carolina
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful!
    August 16, 2012
    Lucy
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Great Divorce is an allegorical  journey by bus from the Grey Town (Hell) to Heaven. From there is an extraordinary story of good versus evil, Heaven and Hell, and the inhabitants of each. 

    The Great Divorce is an extremely helpful and thought provoking book and very hard to put down once you start. I finished it in a day! Lewis's descriptions of the concepts of Heaven and Hell are as always, very helpful and clear. I highly recommend this book to everyone, no matter what your religious viewpoints are. Everyone is going either to Heaven or Hell, and The Great Divorce helps us see quite clearly how our present acts and choices are daily leading us towards one or the other. 
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