A Grief Observed

  • by C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by Ralph Cosham
  • 1 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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.


What the Critics Say

"A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A beautiful book

Helpful for any kind of loss or heartbreak. I liked this book because grief is so universal and it's nice to hear in someone else's words, so accurately describe how it feels from inside the pain. It made me feel less alone and more comforted. It would be a good book to give to family and friends of a person who is grieving a loss and/or heartbreak, so they know how to behave and what to expect from someone in the grieving process, especially the part where it says that you (the grieved) is glad to have family/friends around but wishes to be more or less left alone while in company. I think at one point he writes something like, I need their company but I wish they would let me be, that they would talk, just not to me, but among themselves.
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- JC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.