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Descent into Hell: A Novel

Descent into Hell: A Novel
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  • Author:Charles Williams
  • Publisher:William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
  • Category:Book
  • List Price: $18.00
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  • Sales Rank:321,410
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:222
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0
  • Dimensions (in):7.6 x 5.3 x 0.5
  • Publication Date:1980
  • ISBN:0802812201
  • EAN:9780802812209
  • ASIN:0802812201
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Synopsis
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.
Amazon.com Review
In Charles Williams's novel Descent into Hell, Hell turns out to be nothing other than a refusal to see things as they really are. Arguably his finest novel, the "descent" in the title happens to an ordinary (if extraordinarily selfish) historian named Wentworth, whose daily choices to cheat on the truth slowly but surely lead him into a terrifying state of isolation and egotism. Heaven, by contrast, is increasingly inhabited by the novel's heroine, Pauline Anstruther, who as the book proceeds learns to face her fears (and her ancestors!) and to love the truth exactly as it is. The plot turns around the latest production of fictional playwright Peter Stanhope, but for Williams Pauline's realization of the divine glory incarnate in all of life is the deeper truth that sustains this and every other drama. --Doug Thorpe

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