The Great Divorce- C.S. Lewis

the great divorce

The Great Divorce is one of Lewis’ lesser-known works of fiction that attempts to describe the divorce of heaven and hell. It is a daunting task, and I must say, I was somewhat disappointed that Lewis painted somewhat of a “limbo” picture.

It is never easy to describe what we don’t know, and Lewis does this weighty topic justice in that he capably brings the afterlife into the present through reflections on peoples characters and choices made on earth. The story follows a spirits excursion from hell to heaven, and the dialogues he encounters there between other damned souls and those who have been saved and welcomed into God’s Heavenly kingdom. All in all it was a very thought-provoking read, making one think twice about the way one treats people on earth, as well as the motives for treating them in this way.

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The Luminaries- Eleanor Canton

73.Eleanor Catton-The Luminaries

 

This intriguing “Whodunnit” is structured like a celestial game of Cluedo. Its easy to see why Canton won the Booker prize for this award, at the very young age of 28. It is a book that is rich in texture, carefully plotted out and infused with different layers of telling.

The story is based in Hokitika, New Zealand, during the 19th century gold rush. We enter the story through Walter Moody’s eyes, a young Scotsman who has recently landed on Hokitika’s shores, and is swiftly drawn into a murder-mystery involving a deceased hermit, a suicidal whore, a missing mmillionaireand a pile of stolen gold.

The book’s characters are so carefully developed, and the story waxes and wanes like the planetary systems that Canton used as a model. While it may be thick, don’t be intimidated, once I was drawn into the intrigue, I couldn’t put it down.

I paired this one with the Springfontein Chenin Blanc, as well as the Rupert & Rothschild Classique, rich and flavoursome with complex notes of raspberry, plum and fig, this wine will delight your palate as much as this book will delight your mind.

Don’t wait for him

I’ve discovered this awesome track by bluesy-folk band Side Saddle, off their September release The Astorian. I wouldn’t lie to you, the whole album is pretty good, and this song is my favourite just by a fraction. Some other great ones to watch out for are “Halcyon” and “Something I said”. The band hails from the town Astoria, thus titling the album after their roots. If The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie had a baby, this is what it would sound like. Its a really refreshing style, which fans of the Decemberists will love. Its the sort of fresh spring morning soundtrack that would be the song playing for a movies opening sequence. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Nothing like a bit of Banjo in the morning

I’ve discovered the Oh Hellos, I might be a bit delayed, but man I love their sound! Sure they look funny, and they probably smell a little strange, but their content is deep and wide. This track is off the album Through the Deep Dark Valley, released in 2012. The band consists of two siblings, Maggie and Tyler from Texas. This is the only album they’ve released besides a Christmas album, but damn its good! The sound is comparable to Mumford and Sons, mixed with Of Monsters and Men (like, if these two bands had a one night stand, the Oh Hello’s would be their unexpected child). I hope you enjoy!

Of love and loss

This is my favourite local song ever, and that’s saying a lot. I guess its quite a nostalgic track for me, it takes me back to a very emotional time in my life, when  my best friend and I weren’t speaking (now, we are getting married!). Its a song about love lost. I’ve tried to translate these Afrikaans words for my foreign friends, but it never quite captures the essence of this beautiful ballad.

Just breathe

I love this song, it always reminds me of the bomb episode of season 1 in Grey’s Anatomy, (someone comes in with a bomb inside them and the doctors have to remove it without blowing up the hospital, its very tense). This song just deals with something that is very common to humanity: regrets, mistakes and the fact that in this life, we can only move forward, not backward. Its a beautiful, honest and raw song, but beware, the music video is very 90’s.