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The Great Divorce: Advent 4.2

The interaction between Sarah and Frank continues but his resistance to Sarah’s invitation to change leads to him beginning to shrink. Ultimately he disappears altogether and all that is left is the Tragedian. In once last plea Sarah says: “Stop it at once.” “Stop What?” “Using pity, other people’s pity in the wrong way. We […]

The Great Divorce: Advent 4.1

In The Great Divorce, so far we have seen ghosts of many kinds, all with some reason to hang on to faults or obsessions of their Earthly life. We have seen only one, the man with the Lizard make the choice to let go and he was transformed into something beautiful. Now we come to […]

The Great Divorce: Advent 3.

In the middle of The Great Divorce Lewis meets the person sent to talk to him, writer and poet George MacDonald. This is a crucial part of the book. MacDonald accompanies Lewis and some of the conversations they see from this point are discussed between the two of them, with MacDonald offering much explanation. Just […]

The Great Divorce: Advent 2.2

In our second session we continued by looking at several of the conversations between one ghost and the heavenly being who comes to meet him or her. The Big Ghost The first ghost Lewis observes is the Big Ghost, a man who has come for his “Rights.” We have already seen him bully ghosts in […]

The Great Divorce: Advent 2.1.

Our second session of C.S.Lewis’ The Great Divorce began by looking at what the We had established in our first session that Lewis is exploring many things including how and why individuals make the choices they do. It is also a fantasy inspired by faith. What he is not doing is discussing Theology or Doctrine. […]

The Great Divorce: Advent 1.2.

Chapters 1-3: From Heaven to Hell. Lewis opens the book with an image of Hell we are not expecting. It is somewhat reminiscent of Seaside (a part of Eastbourne where many of the group live). Run down, raining; it is dismal rather than terrifying. Here Shades are tormented by drizzle! It is a pointless place, […]