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C.S Lewis on Joy is a thin compilation by Lesley Walmsley. It’s one of those small books that just grab your attention and makes you want to flip through. The book is organized into about thirty 2-page topics with lots of artwork. It’s obviously not meant to be a scholarly account of C.S Lewis’s viewpoints of joy.
Overall, I thought this was a good little read. Two sections are most memorable to me: “I call it Joy” and “Music – highest of the arts.” The latter is taken from Lewis’s They Stand Together. He writes, “And you know all day sitting at work, eating, walking, etc., you have hundreds of feelings that can’t (as you say) be put into words. And that is why I think that in a sense music is the highest of the arts, because it really begins where others leave off” (27). I obviously love literature and poetry. But, I had never really thought out how music does accomplish something which writing cannot. It truly does begin with what cannot be put into words. The former section shows the difference between pleasure and joy. The section ends, “But then Joy is never in our power and Pleasure often is” (17). For me, this is just one of those tidbits that stick in your mind.
I would recommend this book to others. It would make a good little gift to someone. After reading this, I want to read more of Lewis’s nonfiction work. Since the Chronicles of Narnia were the only Lewis that I had read, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this volume up.
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