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    DescriptionC.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake's 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. In a dream, the narrator 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, from the disgruntled, ghostly inhabitants of Hell to the angels and souls who dwell on the plains of Heaven. This powerful, exquisitely written fantasy is one of C.S. Lewis's most enduring works of fiction and a profound meditation on good and evil.


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    Title
    The Great Divorce
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) C. S. Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 141 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007461233
    ISBN 10: 0007461232
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: REL
    DC22: FIC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST, THEO/EVANGE, THEO/MAINLN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM, HRCS
    Ingram Subject Code: FI
    Ingram Theme: THEO/CATHOL
    ECPA Christian Book Category: FICGENFAL
    BISAC V2.8: FIC042000
    DC23: 236.2
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, QRVK
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PGM
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    William Collins
    Publication date
    12 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Ireland in 1898, Clive Staples Lewis gained a triple First at Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College from 1925-54, where he was a contemporary of Tolkien. In 1954 he became Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. C. S. Lewis was for many years an atheist, until his conversion, memorably described in his autobiography 'Surprised by Joy': "I gave in, and admitted that God was God ... perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England." He is celebrated for his famous series of children's books, the Narnia Chronicles (which have been filmed and broadcast many times), as well as his literary criticism and science fiction. C. S. Lewis died on 22nd November 1963.
    Review quote
    '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 Guardian
    Back cover copy
    C. S. Lewis takes us on a profound journey through both heaven and hell in this engaging allegorical tale. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis introduces us to supernatural beings who will change the way we think about good and evil. In The Great Divorce C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer, in a dream, finds himself in a bus which travels between Hell and Heaven. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil which takes issue with William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. In Lewis's own words, "If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven then we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell."