The Great Divorce

The Great Divorce

Book - 1996
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A symbolic fantasy which finds a busload of condemned ghosts faced with the choice of giving up their cherished sins to enter the gates of Paradise.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996.
ISBN: 9780060652951
Call Number: LEWIS
Characteristics: 125 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Good and evil -- Fiction.
Religious fiction.


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Oct 17, 2019

Book that will have you thinking deep thoughts about your afterlife. A man dreams of being in that space where souls are invited from Hell to Heaven by spiritual beings. Only one on the bus sacrifices what he knows and stays. This is also a powerful play, one that we saw at TapRoot Theatre in the Greenwood district of Seattle.

Jul 11, 2019

Though I do not hold the belief of purgatory, I must admit I was surprised by the depth and insight into the choice that is before all humans. Lewis is a master at explaining complicated concepts in ways that many people can understand.

In this short little book, Lewis takes on the idea of what is happening in our lives on a spiritual level while we are on Earth. Setting the story in context of the long dusk/dawn of now and what we must decide between then and the rising/falling of the sun as we move into eternity, the author poses some harsh truths about humanity, laying out pet sins and seemingly ‘little’ things that could ultimately tilt the balances of a person’s eternity to either Heaven’s bliss or Hell’s torments.

Frank and revealing, this small story shows the big impact of life’s decisions and just how damaging some habits are. It really makes you consider what the future holds and what will come in the New Earth.

Jun 26, 2017

A compelling read, with thoughts to consider about eternity. Choosing love and forgiveness is a daunting task for us all, and may prove to have dire consequences in the end if we don't do them well.

Jan 14, 2017

I am usually into this kind of book but just really couldn't get into it. Made it about 20 pages in then gave up and got a different book.

Aug 24, 2016

A very, very interesting concept of heaven and hell. It made me think about the nature of eternity and the importance of knowing what will happen to you when you die. It also made me wonder whether C. S. Lewis actually did dream this. A thought-provoking book, well worth reading for anyone.

euclid13 Aug 13, 2012

Lewis' understanding of human nature is keen. Good description of "hell". GREAT BOOK.

ghrohrs Aug 01, 2012

This book presents what I believe is the most compelling concept of what the afterlife really holds. I especially appreciate the idea that hell will be filled with souls who never forgave or evolved beyond their petty peeves against their enemies. Fools in hell choose to carry on earthly misery and grudges instead of living in the present, forgiving and trusting in God.

For spiritual minds seeking comfort in their struggles to seek peace in everyday life. Also, for those of us needing a wake-up call from our small-minded misery.

Sometimes, when I pass on concepts from this beautiful book, I cry as I think about the beauty of these concepts.

You won't soon forget this book.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

A dream. A parable. A short read but a good one. There is wisdom contained in this, perhaps foolishness as well but even the foolishness is worth thinking before dismissing it. An enjoyable, thought provoking read. It feels different from most of Lewis's work, and is not any the worse for it. Read this book.

Jan 21, 2011

This was a splendid book! I really enjoyed the different view of earth being merely a shadow and that heaven really is where the solid things really are. Very deep book, but really meaningful.

Rachiecakes Aug 08, 2009

Best book I've ever read -- couldn't get a clearer picture of eternity than this.


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Jun 10, 2008

Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.


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