This is my seventh post about 2015’s books for The Classics Club. I’ll be reading one classic book a month through 2018. Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here. I’ll try not to include too many spoilers in my review but I may need to discuss some in order to fully review the book. I’ll warn you if I’m going to mention one.
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
- Year Published: 1961
- Reread? Or new to me?: new to me
- Number of Pages: 76
- Date Finished: November 21st (I think)
- Number of Days it took me to read it: 7
- Page/Day ratio: 8:1
- Will I reread this?: No
I’ve read many of C.S. Lewis’s books (The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid and much of his non-fiction in college along with Till We have Faces). A Grief Observed (AGO) was very different. AGO is Lewis’s diary from the months following the death of his wife, Joy. I have to admit that I enjoyed and learned more from the foreword by Madeleine L’Engle than the book itself. I especially appreciated L’Engle’s reflection on the importance of the article, “a”, in the title. This is about one person’s grief and each person’s grief is necessarily drastically different than any other person’s grief. I appreciated her reminder that we shouldn’t assume to have the right answers for someone else just because we ourselves have gone through a similar loss.
I had a hard time pushing myself to finish this one. In the end, I think I struggled to read about another person’s desperate grief upon losing a spouse, not wanting to contemplate ever having to go through it myself.
How about you? Have you read AGO? What lesson did you take away from it?
In January, I’m reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. So far, I’m finding it quite funny. Want to join me in reading it?
[No outtake pictures for you – a sleeping boy does not make for silly pictures.]