Thursday, April 26, 2012
One Devil To Another by Richard Platt
I am a lover of C.S. Lewis in general, but one of the first works of his that really sunk its literary claws into my mind and held on was his rendering of a demon’s conversations in Screwtape Letters.
Since then there have been a small number of works that have tried (And primarily failed) to duplicate or recreate the intimate nature that Screwtape Letters brought to us as the reader.
So it is with my above admiration for Screwtape that I read One Devil to Another by Richard Platt. I have to say, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book… I mean who can ‘recreate’ a master work such as Screwtape Letters. It’s like the sequels that Hollywood makes and expects us to love.
Here is the publishers take on One Devil to Another:
As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper calls “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” Enter into this chilling and diabolical tale, one that reveals the very tricks and strategies of Hell. Through a series of letters between devils created by Platt, senior devil Slashreap trains his young protégé, Scardagger, to win an individual soul away from Heaven and into their clutches. As the devils plot their way to triumph, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as contemporary technology and sexual mores is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven . . . and Hell. Destined to become a modern classic, As One Devil to Another is a brilliantly written, deeply unsettling perspective on twenty-first-century society . . . a glimpse of ourselves through the eyes of those who have embraced their underworldly existence.
So being a self proclaimed Lewis Purist what did I think??? I loved it. From the beginning of the book, reading the first 5 chapters in a matter of min’s, to the end of the book I was drawn in. I felt as if I was reading a top secret stash of letters between these demons. This work, as Walter Hooper says, “reads as if C.S. Lewis himself had written it.”
This book will not only keep your attention but will instruct you in the possible thinking of the demon’s that may be tempting you!
Thanks to Tyndale for providing me with a free copy in order to review.
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