天氣詳情
明報讀書網


A Grief Observed

文章日期:2009年8月8日

If there is any reason why I hesitate to recommend this book to my students, it is their young age – the grief depicted in the book may be too far from their experience. If, on the other hand, I have to explain why I am eager to recommend the book, it is because it is too good a book to pass.

C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his time. His distinguished accomplishment The Chronicles of Narnia having been popular among children across generations, Lewis should be no stranger to our students, many of whom may have even enjoyed the movie Narnia.

A Grief Observed is of an entirely different category. Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the devastating sorrow, the book is Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. He wrote down in minute detail what went through his mind, body and soul. His attempt to empty his grief onto paper was a defence against total collapse, a safety valve. His jottings stopped only when he could find no more notebooks in his house; that was when the book ended.

In sorrow (and in joy), there is a sure, reliable friend one can always count on. We confide our innermost to this friend in writing, spilling tears and laughter in paragraphs, in lines and between lines. Yes, we write. This friend listens, never fails. My first hello to this friend was said when I was in Form Two. Our friendship has since grown, and the bond intensified. This friend has indeed seen me through thick and thin, in good and bad weather. Writing is an assuring relief.



Some say grieving is a great comfort and a way of keeping oneself composed. When sorrow strikes, do we allow ourselves the privilege of writing, and to remain composed?

Reviewed by Ms. Brenda Mau, Principal of St. Mark's School

賞「書」榜
《傷逝》  1432   697 
 443   306 
 376   155