". . . With Good Intentions" (resend)
- Don't know why the message I sent arrived with all the text missing, but here goes a second try.
"Came across a v. strange little book recently called PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS:
A DEMON'S ROAD MAP TO YOUR SOUL by C. S. Lewis, edited by Patricia S. Klein. Turns
out this is derived from THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, except that the material has been
taken out of epistolary form and arranged by topic. Accordingly, the editor has
written a new Introduction and Afterword for the book (the latter discussing how
Wormwood and Screwtape are now involved in a copyright dispute and Wormwood has
hit the tv talkshow circuit), along with new headers for each section and each excerpt
(using such non-Lewis terms as "911"). An index carefully identifies just which page
of SCREWTAPE each excerpt comes from, but the whole idea of recasting an author's
work into a different genre like this makes me uneasy, much less its being done by
someone who doesn't know the difference between a devil and a demon. Has anyone
else come across a genre-shifting re-presentation like this?"
Most recent purchase: OF THIS & OTHER WORLDS by CSL (precursor to ON STORIES and THE DARK TOWER & OTHER STORIES).
Current reading: THE POWER OF THE RING: THE SPIRITUAL VISION BEHIND THE LORD OF THE RINGS by Stratford Caldecott.