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A Grief Observed (Faber Paperbacks) (English Edition) par [Lewis, C.S.]
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Longueur : 68 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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A Grief Observed comprises the reflections of the great scholar and Christian on the death of his wife after only a few short years of marriage. Painfully honest in its dissection of his thoughts and feelings, this is a book that details his paralysing grief, bewilderment and sense of loss in simple and moving prose.

Invaluable as an insight into the grieving process just as much as it is as an exploration of religious doubt, A Grief Observed will continue to offer its consoling insights to a huge range of readers, as it has for over fifty years.

'A classic of the genre, a literary answer to the pain of loss.' Robert McCrum

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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections of that period: "Nothing will shake a man—or at any rate a man like me—out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself."

This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

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  • Taille du fichier : 265 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 68 pages
  • Editeur : Faber & Faber; Édition : New Ed (4 octobre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009R66YUI
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Par FrKurt Messick TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 13 décembre 2005
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C.S. Lewis is perhaps best known for children's stories that also delight adults; however, during his lifetime he was best known as an inspirational speaker, not quite in the same line as modern televangelists, but nonetheless a crowd-pleaser who had subtle but strong theology to share.
C.S. Lewis was a confirmed bachelor (not that he was a 'confirmed bachelor', mind you, just that he had become set enough in his ways over time that he no longer held out the prospect of marriage or relationships). Then, into his comfortable existence, a special woman, Joy Davidson, arrived. They fell in love quickly, and had a brief marriage of only a few years, when Joy died of cancer.
This left Lewis inconsolable.
For his mother had also died of cancer, when he was very young.
Cancer, cancer, cancer!
Lewis goes through a dramatic period of grief, from which he never truly recovers (according to the essayist Chad Walsh, who writes a postscript to Lewis' book). He died a few years later, the same day as the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
However, Lewis takes the wonderful and dramatic step of writing down his grief to share with others. The fits and starts, the anger, the reconciliation, the pain--all is laid bare for the reader to experience. So high a cost for insight is what true spirituality requires. An awful, awe-ful cost and experience.
'Did you know, dear, how much you took away with you when you left? You have stripped me even of my past...'
All that was good paled in comparison to the loss. How can anything be good again? This is such an honest human feeling, that even the past is no longer what is was in relation to the new reality of being alone again.
In the end, Lewis reaches a bit of a reconciliation with his feelings, and with God.
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Grief is one of the most salient and pervasive of human experiences. It is particularly painful when it’s a consequence of death of someone really close to us. Grief – deep, gripping, debilitating – is at the very core of what makes us human. It is also profoundly human to try to get a handle on grief, to try to understand it, and even to wrestle some important meaning out of it.

In “A Grief Observed” we have one of the most moving and eloquent attempts to give a voice to one particular experience of grief. C. S. Lewis is perhaps the twentieth century’s most famous Christian apologist and writer, at least in the English speaking countries. His works have inspired and educated generations of readers on the profound truths of Christianity and their application to the modern world. “A Grief Observed” is a different kind of work from most of his other apologetic books. It is a much more personal and even uncensored look at some of his own intimate and immediate feelings as he was grieving the passing of his wife. The book started as a series of notes written to himself as a very self-conscious attempt to deal with the overwhelming emotions that he was experiencing. This accounts for much of its rawness. The rawness, however, is never tawdry, in a sharp contrast with much of today’s “tell all” genera. The book projects refreshing frankness and intimacy, yet it is still a very thoughtful and intellectually stimulating account. Lewis would have none of cheap sentimentalization of death and afterlife that often passes for Christian worldview, but is in fact very remote from it. Popular kitschy piety is not his cup of tea.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Only Helpful Book on Grieving I've Found 1 août 2014
Par JB - A Guy - Publié sur
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I found this book 20 years ago when my beautiful daughter was stillborn. Of all of the things offered to me at the time, this was the only thing I read that provided any comfort. I am reading again now when a close friend has taken his own life and left a young, beautiful family behind. Neither event makes any sense to me. Both challenge my faith. You will not find any neat answers, cosmic solutions or expressions of God that will "help you get through it." You will read the journal of a man devastated by his loss. He writes of his grief as he observes it. He articulates the great internal battle that I suffered.

If you are grieving an enormous loss, you may find comfort here. I can't explain why, as C.S. Lewis did not include words of comfort. I have found absolutely no comfort in anything else I have read - with titles like Roses in December and so on. They tend to be written after the author had worked through the grief and can speak of it with the clarity of hindsight that the experience taught them. Well, when you are in the depths of sorrow, nothing makes any sense. Everything you believed has been knocked over. And that is exactly what C.S. Lewis describes in his own grief. It is profound. If you have not suffered a devastating loss, this book might not communicate well to you. But if you have, you will find a great mind and wonderful writer who understands your grief well enough to put words to it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 GREAT!! 8 octobre 2015
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GREAT!!! ~~ This helped me a lot. For someone like me, it really made sense. It was written in 1960, so keep that in mind. However, I felt the concepts were relevant and the writing is very beautiful. Whether you are Chrisitan or not, just substitute your beliefs or non-beliefs into the God parts. The spiritual theme is still there. It's not a requirement to believe in God to benefit from this book. Alternatively, it could really help someone who feels lost to find 'something' to believe in-whether it be love, God, whatever. Grief is a major thing. It's really hard, it takes a long time. It really changes your brain and it takes a while to find a path out of it. But, there is hope. Here are a couple of my fave quotes on grief: one from this book, one from another author...

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

"Your grief is your love, turned inside-out. That is why it is so deep. That is why it is so consuming.
We have all kinds of ridiculous judgements and rules about grief, loss and healing, but the truth is that grief shows us just how deep our love goes. When your sadness seems bottomless, it is because you love knows no bounds." - Alison Nappi, author
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Healing on every page 22 mars 2017
Par silentminority - Publié sur
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"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
With that sentence the book starts, and immediately every human being, living or dead, understands what Lewis means. I've felt it; you have, too. The rest of it simply works through from that one opening sentence. Even if (impossibly!) you've never known grief, reading this helps you understand that of others. One of the most valuable books ever written.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Extraordinary Exploration of Love and Loss 3 mai 2014
Par John R. Holmes, Jr. - Publié sur
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Best known for his "Chronicles of Narnia" and a long list of fiction and non-fiction Christian apologetics, C. S. Lewis would be the last author I'd have imagined I could stomach. I can barely relate to fantasy, and not at all to religion, but a close friend was in the painful process of losing a great love to Lou Gehrig's disease and had been encouraged to read "A Grief Observed." I wanted to read it to share his pain.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It should probably come with a warning label! Seriously, nothing could have prepared me for such a searing flood of emotion. Being a normal American male, listening to country-western songs is about as close as I usually get to experiencing my feelings. Trust me, if a sad country song is a raindrop, "A Grief Observed" is a deluge.

As happened to my friend, C. S. Lewis found great love in his fifties only to lose her to bone cancer. It's up for grabs whether bone cancer or Lou Gehrig's disease is the greater blight on mankind, but both are devastating to the victims and their loved ones. Being such a devout Christian, Lewis apparently felt he had a handle on it, which ironically made him even less prepared. In any case, after she died he wrote this incredible book. It's as close as one person can get to a glimpse of another person's soul.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Quality book physically and content is very satisfactory 23 octobre 2016
Par sunny mccoy - Publié sur
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I am NOT a reader!!!! This was somewhat of a 'hard read' to me. Was recommended to me after my husband's long term illness and death. I could identify with most everything in the book. Plan to read it again in a few months.
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