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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," 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 on 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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"A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion." Publishers Weekly

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"[Lewis] faces his tortured life with unswerving honesty, and writes out his conclusions, or lack of them, with a poetic expression which is often agony but never self-pity." Kirkus Reviews

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Written by C. S. Lewis with love and humility, this brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and courageously encounters the anger and heart-break that followed the death of his wife, an American-born poet, Joy Davidman.

Synopsis:

A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewiss honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wifes tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings. 

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis, born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898, was Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford and later was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University.

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smilesndeed, March 13, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Absolutely the hardest book to stomach because of the nature of the book and its amazing description of what a person can go through with a significant loss.
Keep the kleenex handy because even I, as tough as I think I am, felt the weight of every painful admission of the grief process in these pages. It makes me dread the loss of my loved ones, a future event I may have to deal with one day. I will keep this book tucked away, just in case.
It is well written by one of my favorite authors. Two thumbs up.
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Kayla Perry, September 19, 2011 (view all comments by Kayla Perry)
I always intended to read this book after my first experience of the death of a loved one, but it has been six years since then that I finally sat down and read it.

First off, I'm agnostic, so I expected a bit of disconnect with some of his points. But on an emotional, visceral level, I understood. Lines that especially got to me were ones in the first chapter of the book, where he was more in the thick of his grief as opposed to approaching it from a philosophical standpoint.

Either way, I found it cathartic to read after all these years. It's hard to find something as intangible and yet so heavy as grief that is explained at all, let alone compellingly. The first chapter left me quite sad; the rest was interesting and probably requires a second reading at least.

In general, I found it at times heart-wrenching, at others merely politely thought-provoking, but in any case I found it meaningful. For such a slim volume, it's a very multi-layered read.
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wolfshades, August 27, 2009 (view all comments by wolfshades)
This is a wonderful review. Having read most of Lewis' books, with their unstinting thread of optimism in the face of heartache and sorrow, I now realize the loss of his wife occurred after he had written those, and so now I'm keen to read this short book of his.

If you've ever seen the movie "Shadowlands" , which is based upon the period of life on which this book expands, you'll recognize some of the blithe comments offered by well-wishers in his time of grief. They'll be familiar to you, particularly if you've lost someone. You'll understand the tremendous anger at the black and white ignorant simplicity of those meant-to-be-healing comments.

I don't have any answers at all to the profound agony of some of the trials some of us go through, and I'm keen to see what Lewis has made of his. So...thank you for this review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060652388
Author:
Lewis, C.S.
Publisher:
HarperOne
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Death, Grief, Bereavement
Subject:
Bereavement
Subject:
Consolation
Subject:
Christianity - Literature
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - Family Relationships
Subject:
Christianity - Literature & the Arts
Subject:
Christian Life - Family
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Lewis, C. S - Religion
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Subject:
Christian Literature
Subject:
Spirituality
Edition Number:
HarperCollins ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
105-846
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.02x5.45x.33 in. .22 lbs.

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Product details 112 pages HarperOne - English 9780060652388 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion."
"Review" by , "[Lewis] faces his tortured life with unswerving honesty, and writes out his conclusions, or lack of them, with a poetic expression which is often agony but never self-pity."
"Synopsis" by , Written by C. S. Lewis with love and humility, this brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and courageously encounters the anger and heart-break that followed the death of his wife, an American-born poet, Joy Davidman.
"Synopsis" by , A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewiss honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wifes tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings. 
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