The Great Divorce, Chapter 14

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Ruthie Ewald

This summer, EPIC students read The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis and have blogged about it together. This final post in the series comes from Ruthie Ewald.

“And suddenly all was changed.” This is the way chapter 14 starts. In earlier chapters, the narrator explored the Grey Town and the shadow of life, guided by a heavenly being who used to be a trusted writer. The narrator learns more about the way heaven and hell and, in this chapter, the truth work in this story. This chapter is very different from the others. Instead of focusing on the nature of heaven and hell, it focuses on time and has considerable plot.

In The Great Divorce, the truth is presented, and we are all large, emotionless beings, playing a game with little human tokens that interact. What a truth—a truth that leaves me with more questions than answers. I’m still left wondering why the narrator is allowed to explore the Grey Town and the shadow of life, why the narrator gets to learn all these things, and whether or not some people just arrive in the shadow of life.

Overall, I think it was a good book because it left me wondering and thinking, which I enjoy doing. Even though the book didn’t explain everything, the end is not a cliff-hanger. It is a completed story that feels finished even without explaining everything.


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