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Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
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Feb 13, 2012

really liked it
Read from December 02, 2011 to January 02, 2012

This is C. S. Lewis's spiritual autobiography. Note the word "spiritual." You will not get a lot of detail about his life. The focus here is what is going on inside Lewis, what he reads, what he thinks about, philosophers who have shaped him.

There are many references and allusions that are unfamiliar to the average reader today. I recommend reading "The Most Reluctant Convert" by David Downing in tandem with "Surprised by Joy." You will get much more out of Lewis's account.

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