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All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis, 1922-1927

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The life of the young Lewis was filled with contemplations quite different from those of the mature author. This early diary gives readers a window on the world of his formative years. Edited and with an Introduction by Walter Hooper; Index; photographs.
Kindle Edition, 536 pages
Published (first published 1991)
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Addison Lucchi
Mar 08, 2016 Addison Lucchi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read for any C.S. Lewis enthusiast. This compilation of journal entries provides valuable insight into Lewis's life and studies in his early 20s before becoming a Christian, while also demonstrating how he struggled with many of the very same issues 20-somethings struggle with today - monetary problems, job searching, managing relationships, etc. These journal entries are refreshing to read, for while they do portray Lewis's genius and incredible work ethic, they also show how we w ...more
Shilough
Jan 09, 2009 Shilough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are C. S. Lewis’ diaries from 1922 - 1927. Nothing tremendously exciting here, just the slow steady ruminations of one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century in it’s youth. C. S. Lewis was an agnostic during these years, living in rural Oxford in a very strange domestic situation. His diaries are full of the books he is reading (and sometimes writing), drinks in pubs with friends and family, his dreams, arguments and conversations with friends like Owen Barfield, Arthur Greaves, a ...more
Melinda
These diary entries made fascinating reading for me. Written before C.S. Lewis came to faith as a Christian, they shed light on the Christian-who-is-to-be in Lewis. A non-Lewis-ite probably would find them tedious and a bit odd, but I thoroughly enjoyed them. I also read the diary entries of Lewis' brother, Warnie, from the book "Brothers and Friends". Reading about the same event from both brother's differing perspective was really enjoyable!

At the back of the diary are prose sketches of men th
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Hannah Givens
Jul 10, 2014 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The packaging and preliminary materials for this diary are almost apologetic about the feast of boredom and everyday humdrum details the reader is about to endure, but I found it anything but boring! Lewis is an engaging presence even in these short diary entries, and you do really get a sense of the daily rhythms of life and how he functioned at the time. You see him being lovely and also see him being irritable. He’s also quite witty. This diary brings a humanity and immediacy to Lewis that yo ...more
amber
Mar 04, 2014 amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect for any fan of Lewis the man; likely to be found tedious by those interested primarily in his thought and/or more Christian works.

It was long at times, but I loved seeing the way he drank in his world at such a young age. Also fun to see the early seeds of what would be his writings on joy and myth.

4.5 stars
Joel Zartman
Mar 28, 2015 Joel Zartman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.S. Lewis always aimed to write enjoyable reading, and of course often succeeded. Certainly, this diary is enjoyable; there are no tedious portions to it that I can think of. It is also instructive.

One thing you will learn from it is how to lead the scholarly life, because that's what he chronicles. In fact, his account includes a portion of his life when he was under enormous strain at home with daily life, moving, being poor, having a madman to care for for two weeks and to cap that all off,
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Jay DiNitto
Interesting peer into the lifestyle of an early 20th century British academic. Lewis has some insights scattered among the nearly interchangeable account of the day's events (what else would a diary be?). Anything after the first few chapters becomes repetition and would be too monotonous for the casual, non-voyeurist Lewis fan.
Tom
Apr 07, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting insights into the pre-Christian Lewis. Somewhat slow, but only as to be expected when reading the diary of another. Many witty and pithy comments and insights scattered throughout the volume. If your interested in CSL and getting insight into his thinking, then it is worth the read. If you want to understand his appreciation for the country side and out of doors, then this will be a worth while time spent. If you are interested in his early years, his relationship with the Moores, Wa ...more
David Haines
Apr 08, 2013 David Haines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the journal, slightly edited, of C. S. Lewis. It is an intriguing book that introduces the reader to C.S. Lewis's life prior to his conversion to Christianity. C.S. Lewis introduces us, in a very descriptive manner, to many of the interesting scholars and other friends that he met during these years, including J.R.R. Tolkien. We also find many references to the "Real Joy" that Lewis wrote about in his autobiography "Surprised by Joy". Anyone who wants to seriously study Lewis's life ...more
Kate
Mar 02, 2008 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never intended for publication, this collected diary chronicles Lewis in his pre-Christian graduate school years. Only a true C.S. Lewis freak would love it, but if you already own most of his work you should definitely add this to your collection. It fills in the gaps of "Surprised by Joy" and stands as a rebuke to any would-be intellectuals. The volume of work this man could churn out in a day was staggering, and he still had time to take long walks and go to the pub.
Kate
Nov 12, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diarists
i love journals, and i love the chronicles of narnia. c.s. lewis' diary is very ordinary, but kind of comforting in its ordinary-ness. it is helpful to read this if you are an academic. he is very inspiring in his ability to have fun with friends as well as study hard. it is also a nice historical document that reflects on england post WWI -- more interesting than most history books.
Jonathan
Lewis is without a doubt one of my favorite authors. His insight and wisdom have had a remarkable impact on my worldview and have more than assisted me in pursuit of a wholistic theology. Nonetheless, his diary is a hard and often mundane read. It is redemptive in that, at times, it opens a window to view what you otherwise might have missed about Lewis.
Beth Dickey
Mar 09, 2014 Beth Dickey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, now I need to go back and read "Surprised by Joy "
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th ...more
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