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The Screwtape Letters.

by C. S. Lewis (HarperSanFrancisco, 2001). For more than 60 years readers of all ages have been enchanted and bedeviled by this imaginary collection of missives penned by the arch-demon Screwtape to his underling nephew and apprentice devil Wormwood.

In his diabolical correspondence Screwtape seeks to instruct the doltish Worm wood in the craft of temptation, allowing Lewis to take a scathing poke at the petty appetites that lead us into sin and to offer a darkly comic vision of the real face of evil--a face marred by cruelty, stupidity, and blind self-absorption.

Underlying this theological satire, of course, is a joyous vision of the feast prepared for those who elude Wormwood's pathetic efforts. ****
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Date:Apr 1, 2003
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