C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters (John Cleese, unabridged)
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below."At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation -- and triumph over it -- ever written.
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Epistolary novel by C.S. Lewis, published serially in 1941 in Guardian, a weekly religious newspaper. The episodes were collected in book form in 1942 and revised as 硕he Screwtape Letters` and 碨crewtape Proposes` a Toast in 1961. Written in defense of Christian faith, this popular satire consists of a series of 31 letters in which Screwtape, an experienced devil, instructs his young charge, Wormwood, in the art of temptation. Confounded by church doctrines and a faithful Christian woman, their efforts are defeated when their subject--a World War II pilot--dies in a bombing raid with his soul at peace. Through his satiric use of the demonic narrative persona, Lewis examines the opposing sides in the battle between good and evil.
This adaptation of C.S. Lewis's biting satire received a 1999 Grammy nomination for best spoken-word performance, and it's easy to see why--the story fits the format perfectly. It's relatively brief (the unabridged reading takes a mere four hours), and contains only one character--the demon Screwtape, who writes letters to his novice nephew Wormwood, instructing him on how to best tempt his "patient" (a wayward soul on earth) into the bosom of "our Lord below."
Obviously, the book wasn't written with former Monty Python John Cleese in mind, but it's hard to imagine a better Screwtape. Cleese's voice provides the perfect vehicle for Lewis's dry, razor-edged wit. His uncanny comic timing and ability to milk each phrase for maximum effect betray an infectious enthusiasm for the story. It's clear that he's having a great time reading, and it's impossible not to laugh along with him. This inspired pairing of two of the 20th century's greatest wits makes for a meditation on the dark side of spiritual guidance that's as relevant and funny today as it was in Lewis's war-torn England. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --Andrew Neiland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contribtions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include :
The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.
The Audio Book
Anniversary Edition [unabridged]
Narrator: John Cleese
3 cassettes, approx. 4 hrs.
Audio Literature 1999
31 Letters (approx. 200 mins.) + 碨crewtape Proposes a Toast` (approx. 35 mins.)
on the Book
on the Author
3 MC * 6 mp3 * 64 / 44 mono * 234:37 mins. * e-book * Cover * 108.67 MB * Rar
Side 1: Letters 01-07
Side 2: Letters 08-14
Side 3: Letters 15-20
Side 4: Letters 21-26
Side 5: Letters 27-31
Side 6: Screwtape Proposes a Toast
C.S. Lewis家喻户晓的书信体裁小说：《地狱来鸿》(The Screwtape Letters)
1940年，鲁益师(Clive Staples Lewis)在出版《痛苦的奥祕》(The Problem of Pain)一书后不久，有一日他在参加教会午间崇拜时，忽发灵感想以反讽的手法，来带出正面的真理信息。当时英国和整个欧洲都陷在第二次世界大战战火的痛苦中，鲁益师的思绪整理得很快，至1941年2月便完成了全部三十一篇手稿，交英国教会週报《卫报》(The Guardian)，从同年5月2日连载到11月28日止。
三十一封信函是老魔鬼赛诸葛(Screwtape)和牠的姪儿小魔鬼华姆伍德(Wormwood)之间的来往信函，赛诸葛向华姆伍德献计，指示牠如何去设下种种陷阱，去引诱、蛊惑一位刚信主年轻基督徒的信仰。书中二个主角顿时成为英国境内家喻户晓的角色。次年2月结集出版二千本，名为《地狱来鸿》(The Screwtape Letters)，瞬即售罄。至同年年底，《地狱来鸿》一书已再版八次。鲁益师的新着连远在北美洲也是深受大眾欢迎，好评如潮。儘管鲁益师认为本书不值得世人如此喜爱，但它却几乎成了鲁益师的「标记」，销售以百万册计算，十分惊人。