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Descent into Hell af Charles Williams
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Descent into Hell (original 1937; udgave 1980)

af Charles Williams (Forfatter)

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The key to Williams' mystically oriented theological thought, Descent into Hell (arguably Williams' greatest novel) is a multidimensional story about human beings who shut themselves up in their own narcissistic projections, so that they are no longer able to love, to 'co-inhere.' The result is a veritable hell.… (mere)
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Titel:Descent into Hell
Forfattere:Charles Williams (Forfatter)
Info:William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (1980), 222 pages
Samlinger:Læser for øjeblikket
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Descent into Hell af Charles Williams (1937)

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    The Sea Priestess af Dion Fortune (paradoxosalpha)
    paradoxosalpha: It could probably be said without too much distortion, that The Sea Priestess is to Fortune's Hermetic outlook what Descent into Hell is to Williams' Christian spiritual reflection.
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  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Charles Williams is so amazing and spooky! No one plays with the themes of life, love and death quite like he does. ( )
  Zaiga | Sep 23, 2019 |
A fascinating, though occasionally obtuse, novel about the relationship between this world and the spirit world, per Williams' mystical theology. I'd recommend this book as insightful and moving, but it does require a slower pace than most novels. ( )
  LauraBee00 | Mar 7, 2018 |
In terms of the quality of the writing and the power of the concepts, I rate this 4 r even 5. In terms of enjoyability, I rate it 2 or 1. It is about a scholar who becomes obsessively in love (or lust) with a young woman who does not love him, which makes him vulnerable to a succubus who impersonates the women he desires. His whole life becomes wrapped up in this relationship, and ultimately he does die and go to hell. It is horribly believable. One bit I recall is that the scholar's chance of salvation is a design for some costumes in the period of which he is an expert which he is asked to advise on --he recognizes they are all wrong and he could revise the., but because of his obsession/illness he declines to do so. it is said that this is a small chance, but he has had otherwise a life with a lot of spiritual opportunities and it is all he deserved (in comparison to another character who is given a better chance and is saved). There are other plot lines in the novel I no longer recall. ( )
  antiquary | Dec 6, 2016 |
I'm not sure how to rate this one. It deserves a five-star rating for depth and magnitude, and incredible concepts, but it deserves a one-star rating for writing style, clarity, and technique.

Charles Williams, one of the Inklings, apparently cannot write. The scenes with the succubus, and the descent of the man into Hell are chilling, and the rise of Pauline from her own hell into heaven was interesting.

However, the man can't write. He strings together too many sentences with semi-colons until the original thought is completely lost and opague. He is vague with pronouns, so often one does not know who or what is doing the thinking or acting. The writing goes in circles and circles and circles.

Here is a typical sentence: “The edge of the other world was running up along the sky, the world where everyone carried themselves but everyone carried someone else’s grief – Alice in Wonderland, sweet Alice, Alice sit by the fire, the fire burned: who sat by the fire that burned a man in another’s blood on the grass of a poet’s houses where things were given backward, and rules were against rights and rights against rules, and a ghost in the fire was a ghost in the street, and the thing that had been was the thing that was to be and it was coming, was coming; what was coming; what but herself? she was coming, she was coming, up the street and the wind; herself – a terrible good, terror and error, but the terror was error, and the error was the terror, and now all were in him, for he had taken them into himself, and he was coming, down all the roads of Battle Hill, closing them in him, making them straight: make straight the highways before our God, and they were not for God took them, in the world that was running through this, its wheel turning within this world’s air, rolling out of the air.”

OMG. That was just ONE sentence.
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  VincentDarlage | Jan 30, 2015 |
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The key to Williams' mystically oriented theological thought, Descent into Hell (arguably Williams' greatest novel) is a multidimensional story about human beings who shut themselves up in their own narcissistic projections, so that they are no longer able to love, to 'co-inhere.' The result is a veritable hell.

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