Before I get into this review, you must know I love Lewis and Tolkien and their works. So, when I received this book as a Christmas gift from two dear friends of mine, I was ecstatic to read it and wasn't disappointed one bit.
This book does an incredible job of setting the stage of the world and the ideas that were starting to rise in the few years before the war. How quickly the nations and young men jumped into the war because of the social demand by both friends, family, and the Church. It paints a sobering reality of what the soldiers faced and how hugely different this war was from wars of the past. It dives into both Tolkien and Lewis's experiences during the war and what they drew from it for both their writings and their lives.
This book was an amazing and sobering ride for me as the author uses many quotes from soldiers that lived through it to help paint a picture of the great trial the soldiers and civilians caught up in this Great War went through. It helped portray the feeling of dread that the world dived quickly into as the war drew on year after year, causing some to think it would never end.
The last half of the book helps lift your spirit as it turns to the years after the war and how Tolkien and Lewis didn't go with the culture to see the war and the world as a hopeless and useless place but to point it all back to the one true hope. Using their experience to help craft stories that don't focus on political moments or cultural waves but on the eternal struggle of evil within everyone and many other excellent points I don't want to ruin for you.
A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War is an insightful book that I would recommend to any reader! Pick this book up and add it to their library. You can thank me later.
Thanks for reading!
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