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A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
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Oct 23, 10

bookshelves: inspirational, memoir
Read in July, 2010

"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in...
Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief...
And grief still feels like fear. Perhaps more strictly, like suspense. Or like waiting; just hanging about waiting for something to happen. It gives like permanently provisional feeling. It doesn't seem worth starting anything... up until this I always had too little time. Now there is nothing but time. Almost pure time, empty successiveness..."

C. S. Lewis was a genius. His ability to be able to put into words the very same thoughts that I've had so many times in my life just astounds me. I found myself hanging on every single word. This is definitely for anyone who has ever had to deal with some sort of loss or heartbreak. Did I find hope in this book? Yes. Not in the sense that he offers you any form of cure for a broken heart... but the reader is able to find better understanding as to why grief is so difficult.
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