Negative space

Somehow I had never before read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I am now making up for lost time.

I am not just reading it. I find myself rereading chapters multiple times, in awe of the vast offering of wit and wisdom on every page.

One of the things I find delightful about this book is that it operates entirely in negative space. Every opinion voiced in the book is exactly the opposite of the message you are meant to take away.

It turns out that in the hands of a master, this is a very effective rhetorical strategy indeed. We are presented with strongly held beliefs, and allowed to work out for ourselves why we disagree with those beliefs.

A caution is in order here: If you read this book you may find yourself seriously questioning some of your long held opinions about reality.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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