Tuesday, August 21, 2012
From the Library of C.S. Lewis
From the Library of C.S. Lewis - Selections from writers who influenced his spiritual journey compiled by James Stuart Bell is a hard hitting, extremely in-depth compilation of the masters of literature. This book is not an easy read, but it is a true reflection of the true masters of literature that influenced C.S. Lewis, as everything in this book was pulled from his actual library collection. This book is divided by topic into eighteen chapters, with the literary selections fitting into the appropriate chapter. Each selection is one page long, and authorship ranges from 1200 AD to early 20th century. I did not recognize many authors besides Martin Luther, but I have not studied this type of literature (to my detriment of course!). This is not a book that you sit down and read cover to cover. This is a book that you must actively focus on what is being said - and then you must think about it some more. It is not an easy read by ANY means, and I did not necessarily learn much about why these pieces of literature influenced Lewis other than that they are classics - but I did get a taste of many different writers whom I would NEVER have read from had I not been presented with this format and material. If you have a major bookworm in your sphere, then this would be a great collector's piece. I am rating this four stars because of the material presented, but not necessarily for the ease of reading it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 :"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".