Classic Adaptation. The Great Divorce (1945) by C. S. Lewis

The narrator takes a bus ride from hell on a drab and dull earth to heaven and meets people hindered by self-deception. Controlling mothers and wives, manipulative husbands, schemers, and deluded intellectuals might lead the reader to despair of Truth ever winning out, but the occasional dramatic repentance gives hope.

This is my third reread in the past five years. Like The Screwtape Letters, Lewis’ ideas continue to convict and merit returning to as I enter new seasons. I used to identify with the younger characters, now I learn more from the married women and mothers. The Literary Life (The Literary Life #47) helped me make connections as always. I especially enjoyed comparing The Great Divorce‘s bus with “The Celestial Omnibus” (The Literary Life #17). I’m already looking forward to rereading again in a year or two now that I’m more familiar with MacDonald, the guide that mets the narrator and shows him around.

Stage adaptation by Fellowship for Preforming Arts. The controlling wife is even more terrifying on stage!

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