Screwtape Proposes a Toast and Other Pieces ★★★✬☆

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Title: Screwtape Proposes a Toast and Other Pieces
Series: ———-
Author: C.S. Lewis
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Allegory
Pages: 128
Words: 35K



Synopsis:

A collection of short stories consisting of:

MINISTERING ANGELS

SCREWTAPE PROPOSES A TOAST

THE SHODDY LANDS

THE MAN BORN BLIND

My Thoughts:

Man, Lewis could write some really WEIRD stuff. As peculiar as it may sound, a demon proposing a toast and going off about the general blandness of evil in the world was the most normal of these stories. The Man Born Blind almost reminded me of a Roald Dahl story with it’s twisted ending.

I am glad I read these and I think the points Lewis was trying to get across WERE conveyed but man, I just didn’t expect that level of weirdness from him.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

33 thoughts on “Screwtape Proposes a Toast and Other Pieces ★★★✬☆

  1. Hmm, I’m only familiar with The Screwtape Letters which my daughter read this year. This cover is wicked looking! I’m definitely going to check this one out. I imagine there’s some advice inside the stories?

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    1. The Toast was a sequel that was added to later editions of the the Letters.

      It is very wicked looking. Not sure it is something Lewis would have wanted, to be honest.

      I suspect there is as much advice as one wants from these.

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          1. For non-fiction, his Mere Christianity is probably one of his best known.

            I like the Narnia Chronicles but they are written for children. His Space Trilogy (starting with Out of the Silent Planet) is much more adult SF.

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  2. C.S. Lewis writing weird fiction? Now that is weird! And quite surprising! I read the Narnia books when I was a child and enjoyed them for the story, being completely unaware of all the Christian allusions. (I think I was a bit slow on the uptake when I was young. Still am, really.)

    When I was a bit older, I tried one of his sf novels–I think it was called “Out of the Silent Planet.” I didn’t finish it, unfortunately, as I thought it very dull and “pedestrian”. Have you read any of his sf books?

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    1. Narnia was written in such a way that while the allusions to Christianity could slap you in the face they were so blatant, he also concentrated on story telling.

      I have read the Space Trilogy, several times. It is much more in line with his adult theological works. I’ve read almost all of his works and am trying to fill in the gaps with these books 😀

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  3. Makes me curious! The only one of these I’ve read, was the Screwtape one. And it’s more of an essay than a story.

    I’ll bet I’d like these. I really loved ‘Til We Have Faces, but some people I recommend it to, don’t relate to it on a first reading.

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    1. Yes. I am trying to get all of Lewis’s works under my belt so I can have a greater understanding of his strictly theology books. He’s a lay person too (ie, not gone through divinity school) so I really like how he presents things.

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