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The Reading Life: The Joy of Seeing New Worlds Through Others' Eyes

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The revered teacher and bestselling author of such classic Christian works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters reflects on the power, importance, and joy of a life dedicated to reading books in this delightful collection drawn from his wide body of writings.

More than fifty years after his death, revered intellectual and teacher C. S. Lewis continues to speak to readers
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ebook, 192 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by HarperOne
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Cindy Rollins
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Honestly, this felt a bit like a bait and switch. Almost half the essays are from An Experiment in Criticism. I had read all the others too.
The second half of the book is made up of short quotes from letters and works some of which were quite interesting but hardly worth the price of this book.

Linden
I've read C.S. Lewis's writings extensively, and he always has something to say. I am not sure why someone felt the need to release this compilation of snippets from his letters, essays, and various other works. As a reader, I saw the title and thought that it sounded interesting. I was disappointed. Many of the pieces are taken out of context, with references that are undoubtedly explained in the original, but that leave someone reading this collection confused, and some are dated ("We have all ...more
Whitney
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
(#partner @cslewis_official) “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” - C.S. Lewis.

The Reading Life is a wonderful new collection of excerpts from Lewis’ writings and letters all about the literary life. You don’t have to be a reade
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Jena Henry
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For many of us in 2019, Mr. Lewis may seem to be a daunting and iconic towering figure of literature. Although you may know of his works of fantasy, Christian thought, or literary essays, I suspect that many of us today might react to his name with a shrug. “Oh, his work is too deep for me; I can’t understand him.”

I suggest you take some time for yourself, for your soul, and give The Reading Life a try. This is a book to take to your garden. As you enjoy the sun, a light breeze, chirping birds,
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Lora Reed
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love C.S. Lewis' writings so I was not surprised that I fell in love with this book of his about "The Reading Life," which is a compilation of his various writings on reading from his books.
However, I was surprised that I got so much practical advise for my own reading life. I suspected this was going to be a life-changing experience when, in the introduction, I read this quote from Mortimer Adler, "In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but r
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Joel Wentz
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a fine collection/compilation of snippets of Lewis' writing on the subjects of books and reading habits. It's extremely easy to read, and contains some wonderful passages, but it's also hard to know who exactly to recommend this to, as devoted fans will have read much of these selections elsewhere, and people who haven't read Lewis really should start with something more complete.

While I always enjoy Lewis' writing, this book does not feel coherent at all (as it is a smashed-
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Mythlee
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fun, quick read. Most of the readings (but not all) are taken from books or essays I've previously read, but one still experiences them differently when they are plucked out and put in a new setting. Seeing them again in this slim volume necessarily highlights and frames passages one might otherwise have skimmed when following a larger argument.
Margaret R
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
More like a gift book. All excerpts from other works but good ones. Always love his writing.
Matt Pitts
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Great material, small book, big price.
Moira Mackinnon
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love the word verbicide. I will have to start using it!
Michael
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific compendium of C.S. Lewis' writings on the subject of reading, from various sources of his (books, letters, etc.).
Greg Skodacek
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do." C.S. Lewis

Encouraging and inspiring! I highly recommend this short book.
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Clive Staples Lewis 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
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“For every thought can be expressed in a number of different ways: and style is the art of expressing a given thought in the most beautiful words and rhythms of words. For instance a man might say ‘When the constellations which appear at early morning joined in musical exercises and the angelic spirits loudly testified to their satisfaction’. Expressing exactly the same thought, the Authorized Version says ‘When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy’. Thus by the power of style what was nonsense becomes ineffably beautiful.” 1 likes
“Incidentally, what is the point of keeping in touch with the contemporary scene? Why should one read authors one doesn’t like because they happen to be alive at the same time as oneself?” 1 likes
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