This is C.S. Lewis's response to William Blake's "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell". Unlike Blake, Lewis believed that good and evil need not and should not be together in an eternal Gordian knot. As Lewis says in his introduction, "Evil can be undone, but it cannot "develop" into good. Time does not heal it ...If was insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell." Like Blake's work, Lewis's book is the account of a dream - a mixture of fantasy, fable and parable, with a Bunyan-like cast of "everymen".
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‘There is attractive imagery and amusing satire… There are exciting speculations… Mr. Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world.’ The GuardianFrom the Back Cover:
C.S. Lewis’s dazzling allegory about heaven and hell and the chasm fixed between them, is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales which will appeal to readers of all ages. Lewis communicates deep spiritual truths through the sheer power of the fantastic.
In The Great Divorce the writer in a dream boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations and comes to significant realisations about the ultimate consequences of everyday behaviour. This is the starting point for a profound meditation upon good and evil. “If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.”
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Book Description Macmillan, 1977. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 000622847X