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Topic subject51. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
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888, 51. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Posted by alissaameth, Wed Jul-21-10 01:26 PM
Christian Fiction - Letters, 172 page.
Re-read.

This is my second time reading the letters, and they were well-worth re-reading. They're chock-full of intelligence--definitely not the kind of reading I could focus on when I'm tired before bed.

The letters are all written from Screwtape, a mature tempter, to his nephew Wormwood, whose work in tempting his particular human assignment isn't up to scratch. Therefore, Screwtape gives him advice about how best to pull the human away from "the Enemy" (God). The letters are often humorous, in a sharp-witted way. Lewis makes so many true observations about human nature in here--and most them aren't all that flattering.

I highly recommend this book! I love it because it shows me how fiction can be written in different styles (and still be published). I have a dream of being able to mix academic writing and fiction writing styles in my work, and Lewis seems like a good model to look at.