My latest book for my quest to read lots of C. S. Lewis this year was... very unusual. Kind of a long pondering on the nature of heaven versus hell, but written as a fable-like story. It reminded me a little of things like Pilgrim's Progress, but without the heavy-handed and repetitive obviousness.
While I tend not to be a big fan of stories with a lot of symbolism or allegory to them, I did actually enjoy this story -- maybe because it was fast-paced? It didn't bog down in details, and Lewis didn't belabor the allegories, but trusted the reader to figure out what he was trying to say or point out.
Basically, it's about an unnamed (IIRC) narrator who doesn't realize he's living in Hell until he gets on a tour bus to visit Heaven. He discovers that even though God has invited everyone to live in Heaven, most people are too hung up on their reason, their preconceived ideas, their desires, or their appetites to want to stay there.
Because this was all presented as a dream, I'm not going to be too critical of Lewis' theology here -- it's more like an exploration of fantastic what-ifs than either a religious book or a work of plain fiction. I do think that not mentioning Jesus or the Bible may have been a missed opportunity, but again... it's like a religious fable, so I will not fault it for not being factual there.
Particularly Good Bits:
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done" (p. 75).
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some bad language sprinkled throughout.
This is my 44th book read and reviewed for my second Classics Club list and my 9th for #TheUnreadShelfProject2020.