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A famous Christian writer and scholar charts his upbringing from a boy from Belfast, Northern Ireland to his rise to fame as an Oxford don. He finally gave up atheism and became a Christian around the age of thirty. His experiences as a boy who loses his mother at an early age, difficulties in school in England, and his early brilliant career at Oxford are covered with an exceptional combination of both objectivity and subjective insight. The theme, which gives us the title, is of his frequent experience of 'joy', and what it finally came to mean to him.
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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   trouble in high school job/profession:    -   writer Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Christian Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   7 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Century:    -   1900-1920's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   very happy Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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