Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis   -     By: Terry Lindvall
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Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis

Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback

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Lewis's playful imagination, ready wit, and joy for life were something to behold. Re-examining his entire oeuvre (fiction and nonfiction), Lindvall highlights what others have neglected---Lewis's fun in reading, love for food and drink, adventure and games, humor and humility, wit and wordplay, sense of the quiddity of life. . . . 448 pages, softcover. Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595554785
ISBN-13: 9781595554789
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Publisher's Description

For C. S. Lewis, merriment was serious business, and like no book before it, Surprised by Laughter explains why. Author Terry Lindvall takes readers on a highly amusing and deeply meaningful journey through the life and letters of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers. As Lindvall shows, the unique magic of Lewis's approach was his belief that explosive and infectious joy dwells deep in the heart of Christian faith. Readers can never fully understand Lewis, his life or his legacy until they learn to laugh with him.

Author Bio

Terry Lindvall (PhD University of Southern California) occupies the C. S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College. He is the author of six books, including Celluloid Sermons, Sanctuary Cinema, and The Mother of All Laughter: Sarah and the Genesis of Comedy. An ordained Congregational minister, he has taught at Duke University School of Divinity, College of William and Mary, Fuller Seminary, and other universities.

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  1. Sean
    Iowa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not At All What I Was Expecting
    August 25, 2012
    Sean
    Iowa
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Surprised by Laughter an attempt to take a peek into the lighter side of one of my all time favorite authors, CS Lewis. The author examines the four types of humor that Lewis used in his writings and demonstrated in his life. The author uses quotes and segments from Lewis's own writings to show "the comic world of CS Lewis", which is the subtitle.

    I don't think I've ever said this before, but this is the only book by or about CS Lewis that I just didn't like. There were a couple glimmers, but overall it was a long disappointment. First, I was surprised at how academic the book was, not an easy read at all. Second, though I'm sure some will connect with it, the author's very dry sense of humor just didn't connect with me. Lastly, it was incredibly long and could probably use to be shortened quite a bit without losing much. This is the first book that I don't think I'd recommend, which is a bummer. I'm sure some will love it though.

    Disclosure Note: Thomas Nelson has been gracious enough to give me a complimentary copy of this Bible for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Logan
    New Zealand
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Know what you're getting
    June 15, 2012
    Logan
    New Zealand
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This book is probably one with which you would NOT want to be surprised by. You might expect a joyful read about a great author who had a well developed sense of humour. However whether it surprises you or not what you will read is a scholarly discussion that explores Lewis' humour that is more text book than light read.

    Lindvall picks up on Lewis' own work in the Screwtape letters to guide his exploration of the 'comic world'. It is effective for what the book sets out to do just so long as you know what you are getting yourself into.

    Its the kind of book I enjoy but it certainly is not for everybody.

    Thanks to Booksneeze.com for a copy of the book for review.
  3. Hope
    Dayton, Ohio
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Well-Written, Still Won't Read it Again
    June 9, 2012
    Hope
    Dayton, Ohio
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis" by Terry Linovall is a collection of quotes and excerpts by C.S. Lewis, showing pieces in Lewis' writing about his sense of humor and how humor can be found in anything. Yes, even though he didn't ONLY write the Chronicles of Narnia, there ARE some excerpts from it, if you're a Narnia geek, too.

    How can we find laughter in the most serious situations? How can we gain a positive outlook on life? How we leave our pessimistic ways behind?

    Your questions WILL be answered.

    As of accuracy and professionalism, the book met my expectations. However, it was very difficult for me to finish and I often found myself giving up on it and falling asleep while reading it. Not a book even this Narnia geek enjoyed.

    I recommend this book to adults, hence the PhD and super long index. If you are thirteen years old, I guarantee you will NOT like this book at all. You will be bored to tears. No other way to put it. I warned you. Not even young adults wanna read it. When I say adult, I mean non-fiction and if you're old enough to be my mom you might like it. Yeah.

    If you're a fan of encyclopedias and other things educated retired people like, welcome to the family.... this book is for you.

    As for me, I will NEVER read it again. It wasn't that bad, but my attention span is not attracted to 600-page books about C.S. Lewis.

    Paperback.

    422 pages.

    Thomas Nelson publishers.

    Nevertheless, still I give thanks to Thomas Nelson for giving me this book for free! Maybe I'll find someone who will enjoy learning about C.S. Lewis as much as Terry.
  4. junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    goo to read
    June 1, 2012
    junnelaranas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    It is easy to read and quite accessible for younger readers. It is a book that you will want to read more than once and prayerfully put into practice. The power behind the book is not the author but the word of God which he explains. May God bless you as you read this book. This is a very honest book that clearly describes the power of ongoing sin in our lives. It is a positive and powerful book that, at the very least, will help you to see the battle inside for what it truly is... What I really appreciated about this book is the emphasis it puts on being aware of the tools that the flesh uses to get you to give into temptation. I recognized all of the different places and ways that I had been giving into sin. I want to say that this book gives a very good motivation to walk humbly with your God. It gives enough examples both from Scriptures and American life. It moves you to change your habits, It has given me more hope and desire to persevere in struggling against sin.

    I recommend it to all persons. This book is a must read for any Christian. It's helped me learn a lot about pride and humility and one of the best things about it is all the practical application. Take offense against pride.

    I turn to again and again. I hope it will be the same for you,

    This is a marvellous book for anyone experinecing difficulties in their lives. It may lead to a greater understanding in these times of trial!
  5. Reid
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    April 19, 2012
    Reid
    California
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love CS Lewis so I was excited to read this book. It didn't disappoint. It takes a serious look into the life of Lewis and what shaped him and what he shaped as well. It's about 450 pages and is quite well-researched. The end of chapter notes and bibliography is impressive and he does CS. Lewis justice in his portrayal of him and his works.

    If you are a C. S. Lewis fan, you will love this book and if you aren't a fan, you will still enjoy this curious look into the life and mind of a great Christian author.
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