The Great Divorce

Paperback, 125 pages

English language

Published Jan. 1, 1996 by Simon and Shuster New York.

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C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.

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In "The Great Divorce," C.S. Lewis creates an excellent allegory of heaven and hell for the modern day. Deceptively thin, it is a text worth reading deliberately and meditatively. The story follows a narrator in hell catching a bus that takes the denizens of hell to heaven. I love the way that Lewis describes hell - a dreary place always at twilight where people attempt to live as far as possible from each other. The people on the journey are those still wrapped up in their intellects, sins, vices, and petty foibles. The bus is open to all but very few actually make the journey to the bus stand to get there. Once in heaven, the narrator and others struggle with the hyper reality of the place. Most of the book consists of encounters witnessed by the narrator between those from hell speaking to the spirits in heaven. Those encounters …

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