Book #27: C. S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands

C. S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands: The Story of His Life with Joy Davidman by Brian Sibley is sort of a biography of Lewis, but with specific focus on his relationship with his wife of only four short years. The book gives some background on both Jack (Lewis’ chosen name all his life) and Joy prior to meeting each other, then delves into their friendship and married life when they were both middle-aged. Jack was a confirmed bachelor who never planned to marry when he met Joy, but she turns out to be such an engaging and well-matched partner for him that he is taken with her. Sibley does a good job of showing how Jack’s personal life was affected and can be seen in his writings. It was a very interesting read and shows a side of the author not seen in his own autobiography (written before his marriage) which rounds out who this talented and brilliant man was. 

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