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Jack: A Life of C.S. Lewis Book Review Summary

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George Sayer was Head of English at Malvern College, UK until 1974, and as he points out, he knew Lewis (called 'Jack' by all his friends and family), for nearly three decades as a friend of the family, so he was uniquely placed to accurately biographise him. First published in 1977, and updated with new introduction in 1997, Sayer's account is a wart's-and-all account of a man who was 'usually cheerful and took a spontaneous, almost boyish, delight in many things. He was great fun to be with, a lover of laughter and an extremely witty and amusing companion. He loved an argument...'. There is also some of the real low-down on Jack's relationship with Mrs Moore, and his wife Joy Davidman. There is also a useful bibliography of Lewis's works and an index. This book should probably be read alongside the Lewis autobiography, 'Surprised by Joy', the dryly accurate official biography by R.L. Green & W. Hooper (who also both knew him), and one of the entertaining collections of Lewis recollections such as 'C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table' by James T. Como. This is the sort of book that rings true, written by a true friend of a great man.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose








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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Pal/friendship story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   encouraged    -   like laughing Pictures/Illustrations?    -   More 6-10 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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