The Great Divorce is what Lewis thinks heaven and hell are like. (++To clarify: swearing is wrong, BUT when you say “Hell” and you are talking about “down there” or “the other place,” it is ok to say Hell. Now back to the story….) This man wakes up, and he is in this gray city. He walks for a while and finds a bus stop with many other people waiting; soon some people leave. Then the bus comes. It takes him up to heaven. When he gets to heaven, he finds that everyone –including him– are ghosts and since they are in heaven, the grass hurts their feet. Soon he sees some shining people come and talk to the ghosts. He gets talking with other ghosts. He watches ghost after ghost decide to stay in Hell. One shining person starts talking to him, telling him about heaven and Hell. He listens to this shining person for most of the book. Then……. I’m going to leave the end a secret so you have to read to find out.
Bottom line: This book gave me a bad case of the sniffles (and I am not a crier) because you want the ghosts to go to heaven so bad. I first saw this book done in a play. It was a one man show by Tony Lawton, and I want to see it again and again and again. I love it. It’s probably the best play I have ever seen. This book is wonderful, and if you want a book a little more grown up than the Narnia’s, I recommend this.
Age: 4th, 5th, or higher. I wouldn’t go younger first because I am afraid it might be too scary and, second, it is kind of hard, but I think 4th is a good age.
Rating: ❤ it is an amazing book