Reviews for Screwtape Letters


AudioFile Reviews 1999 June/July
John Cleese (of "Monty Python" and "Fawlty Towers" fame) follows up last year's "coup de mike," Dante's INFERNO, with this quirky, brilliant rendering of Lewis's tongue-in-cheek Screwtape. Uncle SCREWTAPE, a master devil, herein gives advice to nephew Wormwood on the ins and outs of entrapping human souls. Ever-sensitive to his text, Cleese gives an imaginative and risible performance as the title demon. No Freddy Krueger he, but a bourgeois stuffed shirt--pedantic, punctilious, dry--as distinctly English as Mephistopheles is German. In addition to the humor arising from this approach, Cleese manages clever, novel ways to deliver individual passages for maximum power. This is, after all, a moral satire. He is over the top but never out of control, for he never overshadows the text. A star turn of the finest kind. Y.R. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner. Copyright 1999 AudioFile Reviews

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Library Journal Reviews 1999 September #2
Lewis's satire is a Christian classic. Screwtape is a veteran demon in the service of "Our Father Below" whose letters to his nephew and prot?g?, Wormwood, instruct the demon-in-training in the fine points of leading a new Christian astray. Lewis's take on human nature is as on-target as it was when the letters were first published in 1941. John Cleese's narration is perfect as he takes Screwtape from emotional height to valley, from tight control to near apoplexy. This will be a popular in most libraries.ANann Blaine Hilyard, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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