The Screwtape Letters : Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil Complete and Unabridged CD-Audio
by C. S. Lewis
Narrated by Joss Ackland
On its first appearance, The Screwtape Letters was immediately recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology.
Now 60 years old, it is stunningly repackaged and both cassette and CD.
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world overwith its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to 'Our Father Below'.
At once wildly comic, deadly serious and strikingly original, C.S.
Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.
Dedicated to Lewis's friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.
- Format: CD-Audio
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 22/04/2003
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007159857
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Review by saroz
Not quite what I was expecting. I've been told many times over the years how funny "Screwtape" is, and while I admit it's got a very humorous side, there's also something very dark and insidious about it (no doubt made more so by Joss Ackland, whose velvety, malevolent voice reads the audiobook). As a non-Cristian, I find Lewis' take on faith surprisingly hypocritical at times: he criticizes those who have their own take on Christianity as merely taking a long road to hell, but his own faith is certainly cherry-picked from his own theories and the parts of Christianity he found appealing. At the same time, he talks about how any man who loves any simple graceful thing purely and wholly - a shared sunset, an evening cup of cocoa - has "a bit of heaven about him" (I'm paraphrasing, but it's close). So Lewis' view on Christianity is skewed even from a narrative standpoint, let alone a theological standpoint. That said, it's a good solid story, with many memorable sections - a real feat for a book told from one-sided correspondence. "Screwtape Proposes a Toast," the follow-up story, isn't quite in the same league; to just about any modern audience, Lewis' criticism of public schooling is going to be seen as parochial and upper class. There's still some good imagery, and it makes sense to collect it together with "The Screwtape Letters," but it doesn't really add that much to the experience.