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“I love the twisted aspect of the narration, Uncle Screwtape is coaching his nephew, Wormwood, on the corruption of his "patient" (a human and his soul) to ensure he will join them in Hell after death. But due to the true selfish nature of a demon, Uncle Screwtape is actually taking his Wormwood...”see full review » see other reviews »
“This book was simultaneously hilarious and troubling; it definitely gave me a lot to think about. I knew that C.S. Lewis was a genius based on the Chronicles of Narnia, but this book went above and beyond that. It's an extremely well-written book with an awesome message of redemption and triumph over temptation that will make you say "Wow, I never thought of it like that before," more than once.”Erin Grasse wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Should be read and digested a chapter at at time not at two sittings. Clever and what foresight into the 21st century mess: or is there really nothing new under the sun?”Michael H wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am on page 103 in the The Screwtape Letters written by C.S Lewis. This is a great book so far and I would recommend people to read it because of its unique way of writing. I was attracted to this book at first because I am a huge fan of The Chronicles of Narnia. C.S Lewis has a clever way of linking Christianity backgrounds to the contexts in his books.
I liked the way that it way a one-way letter sent from an uncle to his cousin. The readers would have no idea how the Wormwood would have reacted towards Screwtape’s letters since it only shows the perspective of Screwtape. However, despite of this funny way of writing, we are still able to know the plot of the book and how Wormwood is acting through Screwtape’s suggestions because Screwtape always comments on Wormwood’s actions toward his ‘patient’. “It seems to me that you take a great many pages to tell a very simple story” pg. 63 is one of the examples how Screwtape treats his cousin like an amateur. Rarely any of the words he wrote were positive, clearly showing the evil inside Screwtape.
I also found out that Wormwood and Screwtape were devils. Screwtape referred to people as ‘humans’ and treated people as foreign creature who are lesser than them. The word choice C.S Lewis has made are very sensible and clever. It seems to me that C.S Lewis portrayed a viewpoint of the devils on our shoulders. When I have noticed this way of writing from the author, it thrilled me because it was such a unique way of writing from a religious writer. The fact that he would have to make jokes in a twisted manner and think in a crooked and a evil way to portray a characteristics of a demon. The style of writing has really built up to the entertainment in this book and added the surprise and the interesting parts. I am really enjoying this book now and I am looking forward to finishing it.
“'You Should Read This' Scale: 90% Written by one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, this is a satirical look at how evil strives 24/7 to lead us all astray. Great moral, ethical, and spiritual reflections of ourselves.”John Wurtenberger wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very revealing.”Debbo wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“C.S. Lewis does not get enough credit for his non-Narnia books.”Zombie Katie wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4* Intriguing, enlightening, fascinating, inspiring. The story is told from the viewpoint of the tempter, whose job is to lure the human patient away from God. It's hard at first to wrap your brain around the story being told from the other side. They literally call God, the Enemy. This book is meant to help us understand the tactics the devil uses to mess with our thoughts and lure us away from the truth. It's deep, but worth the effort!”Trish B wrote this review Sunday, February 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an incredible book. It was so thought-provoking and challenging! I can't say it was the most enjoyable thing I've ever read (mainly because it was from a demon's perspective), but it was very well written.”Abi G. wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I listened to the dramatized version so I felt like I was listening to a play. They had actors and sound effects with music and I was completely entertained. The premise of the story captured my attention fully and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”Corie C wrote this review Tuesday, January 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No