The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

The Great Divorce

Alternative cover for ISBN: 978-0-00-746123-3C.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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TitleThe Great Divorce
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Release DateApr 21st, 2015
PublisherHarperCollins
LanguageEnglish
GenreChristian, Fiction, Religion, Classics, Christianity, Theology, Fantasy
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  • Fergus
    1970-01-01
    Imagine that you awoke one morning to find yourself wandering the streets of a grimy, gritty little twilit city in the middle of Nowhere.You meander past endless shuttered and decrepit storefronts advertising nothing anyone would ever possibly want or need......to find yourself joining a long queue that is forming in a dark, gloomy side street. You wait and wait, not knowing for what earthly reason you are there, among a crowd of obnoxious and su...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    1970-01-01
    One of my favorite (if not my favorite) C. S. Lewis works (and I am a C. S. Lewis fan). The insight in this book about God and man's relationship with Him is wonderful.I suppose that many who read this will already know that I'm a Christian. I won't belabor it, if you're interested I'm happy to discuss if you don't want to I won't push my thoughts on you.This is a very readable book and while I suppose the Christian aspects will be obvious it is ...
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    I LOVE reading everything C.S. Lewis. I read this book a few years ago and I couldn't put it down. The section of the book that stands out most to me is when the main character observes a conversation between two people (one who lives in heaven and one who is just visiting to see what it is like). The one who lives in heaven had killed someone while he was living on earth and the person visiting could not believe that the murderer had actually ma...
  • John
    1970-01-01
    This is my favorite work by C.S. Lewis. I’d give it 8 stars, . . if ‘twer possible. In it, Lewis reacts to moral relativism (the Marriage of Heaven and Hell) by suggesting that “you cannot take all luggage with you on all journeys; on one journey even your right hand and your right eye may be among the things you have to leave behind.” He astutely notes that the “great divorce” of good and evil is utterly voluntarily. And he does so b...
  • nostalgebraist
    1970-01-01
    I find myself in a strange place. Everything is unutterably beautiful, unusually large, and disproportionately heavy and rigid. My weight cannot bend the grass, and I cannot lift an apple. Also, I'm semi-transparent now. A blindingly luminescent human figure approaches me.C. S. LEWIS: Hello there. I'm C. S. Lewis.ROB: What is this place?C. S. LEWIS: Why, this is heaven, of course. You can tell because everything here is so Real, and so joyous. Th...
  • Brian
    1970-01-01
    “Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good.”“The Great Divorce” is a didactic novel and the premise though intriguing is not always interesting. Some “ghosts” board a bus in Hell and make their way to a portion of Heaven (although it does not seem to be “in” Heaven proper. What follows are a bunch of conversations that the narrator overhears. As mentioned, the story is didactic in tone, but when Mr. Lewis hits ...
  • booklady
    1970-01-01
    Lewis wrote The Great Divorce in response to William Blake’s famous poem, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Lewis didn't believe such a marriage of good and evil was possible on any level. He wrote, ‘...life is not like a pool but like a tree. It does not move towards unity but away from it and the creatures grow further apart as they increase in perfection. Good as it ripens, becomes continually more different not only from evil but also fro...
  • Werner
    1970-01-01
    I've classified this book on my "Christian life and thought" shelf, which is one of my nonfiction shelves. Technically, one might argue that this is a work of fiction, a made-up narrative that uses the device of a dream vision to supposedly describe places to which no earth-bound human has ever been. But here, as with some of Hawthorne's short stories/essays, the fiction is so message-driven that any dividing line separating it from an essay is t...
  • Brian
    1970-01-01
    I’m learning that, at least to me, reading Lewis can be a terrifying, dangerous endeavor. Why? Because he will change you and influence you without your realizing it. In all honesty, I had some trouble reading through this at times. I couldn’t get beyond my theological disagreements but have learned to accept the truth he presents without criticism, agree to disagree. I know I’m nothing compared to Lewis, but I believe every person should t...
  • Nikki
    1970-01-01
    I just listened to the audio of "The Great Divorce." It was my first reading of this book, and I know there will be many re-readings in my future. I feel a first reading was really just a glimpse of what it will be like to delve into it again and again. First of all, I must say that I adore Lewis's writing style and that his stories really resonate with me. And I know I'm just beginning to touch the surface. I have read Narnia a couple times and ...
  • Jakob J.
    1970-01-01
    If heaven and hell are this boring, we're doomed either way.
  • Rachel
    1970-01-01
    Once again C.S. Lewis shows us how deft he is at cracking open the mysteries of human spirituality and motivation. This book is an allegory for heaven and hell and as he describes each of the characters and how they ultimately choose their eternal reward, we can glimpse a bit of ourselves. My favorite part is when he describes a woman who has chosen heaven but whose husband refuses to give up the little devil sitting on his shoulder and ultimatel...
  • Gabriel
    1970-01-01
    As a story, this isn’t that amazing, as very little “happens.” As a collection of images about theology, and especially about sin and how it can keep one away from union with God, it is very insightful. Lewis, in my view, provides the best explanations of how heaven works, or more specifically how it can be that a loving God and hell can coexist. The “dwarves in the stable” from The Last Battle are the best depiction of this; reading th...
  • Sunshine Rodgers
    1970-01-01
    C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” was puzzling at first. I read and kept waiting for the action. When was the plot going to happen? When is there going to be a turn of events? When is the story going to progress? And all the while I kept thinking about different scenarios and various outcomes the character was going to have to go through or where he would eventually go at the end… but no. This book cannot and should not be predicted. My str...
  • Laurel Hicks
    1970-01-01
    2016: I always love meeting George Macdonald again. This serious fantasy abounds in humor and understanding of human nature.2014: In this brief and beautiful allegory, Lewis takes us on a tour of heaven and hell, where we learn about our powers to choose between self and salvation. This was a great book to read in conjunction with Milton's Paradise Lost. 2013: also a great book to lay alongside Dante's Divine Comedy.
  • Mark
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the cleverest and yet simplest explorations of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory that I have ever read. There is a day trip up from hell, the travellers get off and meet people who have come to talk to them, to help them on their journey. This journey is expressed in all sorts of ways, with one it might be the need to step out into the public gaze when they feel unattractive or unprepared and so to move on from fear and the need for accla...
  • Liz
    1970-01-01
    Almost without exception, whatever CS Lewis writes is fine with me. The Great Divorce is my 2nd favorite CS Lewis book (I am not counting the Narnia series), and what I thought was most interesting about it was the people who were in hell did not know they were in hell. This is a familiar concept to me, I remember my dad and his minister friends discussing it. It was also interesting that people didn't get to heaven in the way they thought they w...
  • Kells Next Read
    1970-01-01
    I've finally decided to read through as much C.S. Lewis works as I can and decided to start with The Great Divorce. I was by no means disappointed, in fact my appetite has been aroused and I'm hungry to devour more of this authors works. Actual ratings 4.25
  • Jeremy
    1970-01-01
    I own this edition. Go here to listen to Lewis read his introduction. See here for Joe Rigney on Lewis on Hell.I do believe that artists have a responsibility to get theology as right as they can, even in their fiction, but I think that there is a significant difference between The Shack and Lewis's The Great Divorce. Whereas Young's novel really seemed to be promoting the theology behind it, The Great Divorce should not be read as proposing the ...
  • Cleo
    1970-01-01
    If you found yourself in Hell and then were offered a chance to leave and spend an eternity in Heaven, you'd jump at it, wouldn't you? …….. Or would you …….??The Great Divorce tells of a journey of souls from the grey town, which we soon see represents Hell, to a wide open space of meadows, rivers and mountains. Yet when the people disembark they are dismayed. They now appears as Ghosts and all the vegetation is dense and tough in a way t...
  • Gator
    1970-01-01
    Great Book, a bit complex however there are plenty of videos on line to help explain once it’s all over. Here are some below , I hope the links work. It’s great to see some of the book acted out. “It’s a stronger angel, and therefore when it falls, a fiercer devil.” “That’s what we all find when we reach this country. We’ve all been wrong ! That’s the great joke. There’s no need to go on pretending one was right! After that we...
  • Abigayle Claire
    1970-01-01
    I had a misconception about what this book was actually on, and a dream of Heaven and Hell was not it. It was fascinating the way Lewis demonstrated some strong philosophies and thought-provoking points through the medium of allegory yet again. While he intentionally states that he's not trying to provide an accurate picture of the afterlife, this was still very different from anything I've ever dreamed Heaven and Hell to be like. I enjoyed the s...
  • David Sarkies
    1970-01-01
    Lewis on Hell13 November 2011 Even though he does have some strange ideas, I always enjoy reading a book by C.S. Lewis, and this book is no exception. The Great Divorce is actually an excellent exploration of the nature of heaven and hell and is about a man who finds himself in 'hell'. The this work hell is a huge city that appears empty, and that is because nobody can stand living with anybody else so they constantly move out to the fringes of t...
  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    1970-01-01
    Oh my goodness, I'm in shock! I feel like I have been hit with a ton of spiritual bricks; not an uncommon feeling after reading any of Lewis' books. How wonderful! The best part is that no matter what the subject or plot, Lewis always turns the focus back to Christ. This book reminds me a bit of his book, "Pilgrim's Regress", and John Bunyan's book too. It follows that sort of pattern- wandering in a strange land, meeting allegorical people, havi...
  • Liam Degnan
    1970-01-01
    One of my all time favorites. I pick it up every now and again when I need some good reminders. Highly recommend!
  • Demetrius Rogers
    1970-01-01
    My word. This was amazing. How come I haven't read this before now? When you think of Lewis you think of the Chronicles of Narnia, probably Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters. But, over the years I've been trying to delve into some of his other works. And after reading this, I'll have to say Lewis might be my favorite author. The guy's imagination was just simply off-the-hook good. And he used such artistry to cloak his presentations. A...
  • Clare Cannon
    1970-01-01
    This little book is too powerful to read only once. It is important to note that it has nothing to do with the impression given by its title - it is not about divorce. It is an allegory about the choices we make during life and where they will take us afterwards, though it is not strictly a 'religious' book. It offers a most startling contrast between the consequences of living for oneself or living for others, of trying to 'look out for number o...
  • Celeste
    1970-01-01
    There’s something about the way Lewis strings together his words that has always struck a cord in me. I often have a difficult time connecting to books concerning theology and apologetics, though there is within me a thirst for them. This is never the case with Lewis. The Great Divorce isn’t my favorite of his works, but it still resonates with me in a way that few works from other authors have ever been able to replicate.I think earth, if ch...
  • Stephen
    1970-01-01
    3.0 stars. A well written, interesting story by C.S. Lewis who takes a very original approach to laying out his take on the classic story of the nature of sin and unhappiness and the path to redemption and true happiness. You can really feel Lewis' passion for his subject matter in this story which makes the narrative even more compelling.