You know how sometimes, lots of people tell you to read a book because they're sure you would love it, and so you find the book, and then you put off reading it for like a year because you're afraid you might not like it as much as they expect you to like it?
Or is that just me?
Anyway, that happened for me with this book, and it just goes to show you how foolish I can be sometimes. Because this is a great book.
I've been gravitating toward books about WWI lately, I think. Not intentionally, they just... keep cropping up. I'm happy about this because I feel like I don't know enough about WWI, and this is all filling in a gap in my knowledge of world history.
ANYWAY! I'm rambling today. Sorry. THIS book is fantastic. It focuses chiefly on J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, as you may have guessed, especially their experiences as soldiers on the front lines during WWI and how those affected the rest of their lives. Especially their literary lives, of course, since that's what most of us know Tolkien and Lewis for.
But it doesn't stop with those two. It shows, gently and persuasively, how the catastrophic destruction of that war caused millions of people to turn away from God and look to science and technology for their salvation here on earth. And how that change in the world around them informed the things Tolkien and Lewis wrote about.
I learned so much from this book! In fact, I told my husband he needs to read it too. I'm confident he'll also find it fascinating.
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Particularly Good Bits:
Tolkien and Lewis were attracted to the genres of myth and romance not because they sought to escape the world, but because for them, the real world had a mythic and heroic quality (p. xvi).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for discussions of war-related violence, suicide, and so on. No cursing or anything like that, just a lot about the realities and horrors of war.
This is my 13th book read and reviewed for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018.
And this review is also part of my Tolkien Blog Party. Tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway and the games, so if you haven't done so already, have at it! I'll choose giveaway winners on Saturday, and post the game answers and scores too.
Finally, this is part of my continuing quest to read a goodly number of the books I've collected that have to do with Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien, which I've dubbed My Years in Middle-earth.