The Screwtape Letters Novel by C. S. Lewis (PDF-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel by C. S. Lewis and dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien. It is written in a satirical and epistolary style and, although it has a fictional format, the plot and characters are used to address Christian theological questions, mainly those that have to do with temptation and resistance to it.

First published in February 1942, the story takes the form of a series of letters from a major demon, Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood, a minor tempter. The uncle's guardianship belongs to the nephew's responsibility to secure the doom of a British man known only as "the Patient.

Book Details

Pages: 160 (1st); 157 (1st omnibus)
Genre: Epistolary novel, Christian apologetics, satire
LC Class: BR125

Summary

In The Screwtape Letters, Lewis imagines a series of lessons on the importance of taking a deliberate role in the Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failures, seen from the point of view of demons. Screwtape occupies an administrative position in the bureaucracy ("Lowerarchy") of hell and acts as a mentor to his nephew Wormwood, an inexperienced (and incompetent) tempter.

In the 31 letters that make up the book, Screwtape provides Wormwood with detailed advice on various methods of undermining God's words and promoting the abandonment of God in "the Patient" (whom Wormwood is tempting), interspersed with observations on human nature. and the Bible. . In Screwtape's advice, selfish gain and power are considered the only good thing, and none of the demons can understand God's love for man or recognize human virtue.

The versions of the letters were originally published weekly in the Anglican newspaper The Guardian, during wartime between May and November 1941, and the standard edition contains an introduction explaining how the author chose to write his story.

Lewis wrote the sequel "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" in 1959, a critique of certain trends in British public education. (Although Britain calls its major private schools "public schools," Lewis refers to public schools when he criticizes "public education.") Bles in 1961 and Macmillan published omnibus editions with a new preface by Lewis in 1961 and Macmillan in 1962.

The Screwtape Letters became one of Lewis's most popular works, although he said it was "not fun" to write and "resolved never to write another 'Letter'".

Both The Screwtape Letters and "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" have been released on both audio cassette and CD, with narration by John Cleese, Joss Ackland, and Ralph Cosham. Cleese's recording was a finalist for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word.

Review

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with his cunning and ironic portrayal of human life and weaknesses from the point of view of Screwtape, a high-ranking assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comical, deadly serious, and surprisingly original, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is the most compelling account of temptation, and the triumph over it, ever written.

About The Author

Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Lewis was married to poet Joy Davidman.
W.H. Lewis was his elder brother]

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