Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1937
Genre Fiction
Origin UK
Publisher Studio Kirkland
My Copy Part of the Charles Williams Library collection!
First Read July 23, 2018

Descent Into Hell



Descent Into Hell is probably the *best* novel by Williams - it's the fullest statement of his weird-but-compelling ideas about the Christian life, and also brings together more than a few of his obsessions. Plus, it's a spooky page-turner!

In this one, there's an amateur play being produced in a newly-built suburb. One of the actresses is haunted by her doppelgänger, a military historian is seduced by a succubus of his own creation, a nice old lady just might be an ageless witch, and a construction worker who committed suicide when the suburb was being built is haunting the neighborhood. There's also... TIME TRAVEL. In the meantime, the play must go on!

Noted on July 23, 2018

From mere physical stress he whimpered a little now and then, but he did not change his purpose, nor did the universe invite him to change. It accepted the choice; no more preventing him than it prevents a child playing with fire or a fool destroying his love. It has not our kindness or our decency; if it is good, its goodness is of another kind than ours. It allowed him, moving from shadow to shadow, cautious and rash, to approach the house where he remembered to have seen the rope.

Quoted on July 23, 2018


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