War in Heaven

War in Heaven Williams gives a contemporary setting to the traditional story of the Search for the Holy Grail Examining the distinction between magic and religion War in Heaven is an eerily disturbing book one th

Williams gives a contemporary setting to the traditional story of the Search for the Holy Grail Examining the distinction between magic and religion, War in Heaven is an eerily disturbing book, one that graphically portrays a metaphysical journey through the shadowy crevices of the human mind.

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  1. Charles Walter Stansby Williams is probably best known, to those who have heard of him, as a leading member albeit for a short time of the Oxford literary group, the Inklings , whose chief figures were C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien He was, however, a figure of enormous interest in his own right a prolific author of plays, fantasy novels strikingly different in kind from those of his friends , poetry, theology, biography and criticism the Charles Williams Society website

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  1. Of the three Inkling fantasy writers Charles Williams is the least known and appreciated Yet, his series of supernatural fantasy novels are every bit as interesting and original as the books by C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien.This is the first of the seven novels written by Charles Williams He did start one other but abandoned it after three chapters owing to a lukewarm reception by his fellow Inklings War In Heaven is quite an opening debut Rather than creating a unique secondary fantasy world or s [...]

  2. This was my first encounter with Charles Williams I read this for a Christian Fantasy class at BYU many years ago I can still remember so much of the experience There is no other way to describe reading a Charles Williams novel it is an experience never to be forgotten I once read that C.S Lewis will take his readers up to the gates of Hell then turn tail and run Williams on the other hand will march his readers right through those gates and they will emerge on the other side battle weary and wo [...]

  3. This book began well enough, but quickly became all but interminable It was a long, inexplicably slow slog, and the brief but regular moments of wit and brilliance simply couldn t make up for how unaccountably difficult I found it to finish The fascinating approach to magic and Satanism was likewise overwhelmed by the grotesque anti Semitic caricature Manasseh Add to that the fact that Williams a friend of Tolkien Lewis seems to subscribe to a sort of 19th 20th century transcendental Christian p [...]

  4. Wow Charles Williams was a great friend of Tolkien and C.S.Lewis He was part of their group called the Oxford Inklings This novel deals with some fascinating material the sangraal, and a battle between satanic and heavenly forces on earth Quite chilling in parts Take a look at the malleus malificarum in reference to the Witch s Sabbath parts A bit mind boggling in spots, like reading a whole novel of Neal A Maxwell talks Heck, he s one of the guys that converted C.S Lewis to Christianity, he s g [...]

  5. Charles Williams died in 1945, aged fifty nine, and I acquired three of his novels recently from a second hand stall This is the first one I ve read I found myself thinking of the differences between modern writing and the stories of not too long ago, remembering reading Dickens as a young teen and coping fine with long descriptions that would later bore my sons, knowing as I read that this is a good author therefore trusting the story to come Not that Charles Williams writes like Dickens, but h [...]

  6. The blurb didn t sell it to me, this line from a New Yorker reviewdid The jacket copy, anonymous but evidently written by the Faber editor T S Eliot, described Williams s novels as supernatural thrillers And then there s the fist line of the book The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no one in the room but the corpse With those two things in mind, and the knowledge that this was a merging of the search for the Holy Grail and a murder mystery, I set out with h [...]

  7. This book really didn t do anything for me sorry Richard I found Williams style a bit clunky a good example is the fancy dialogue between Kenneth and the Duke when they first meet and the whole Christians versus devil worshippers theme had no appeal whatsoever for me I managed to get through to the end, but only just.Just not my cup of tea, but I can well understand that it would be quite compelling for people who share Williams beliefs.

  8. War in Heaven by Charles Williams wasn t the easiest book for me to read It has a lot of long sentences, not a lot of dialogue, and a lot of talking about things I don t know or words I don t know And it talked a lot about the devil However, it really was a tremendous story about faith, and good and evil, and Jesus, and the Eucharist, and the communion of saints I will never be the same after reading that book Honestly It s affected my faith forever, for the good.

  9. War in Heaven is a novel written by Charles Williams in 1930 This was his first novel and from what I have read, it was rated as his best novel I had been meaning to get around to reading this author mainly since he was one of the famous Inklings and a sale on his books helped me to get around to it.This novel is a supernatural thriller and involves the Grail being found in a country parish in England It starts with the finding of the body of an unidentified man in a publishing house and a set o [...]

  10. A lovely old fashioned evil publisher, opposed only by an Archdeacon, a Duke and various other persons, plus some forces possibly of angelic origin, or possibly pretending, it isn t really clear to me though the novel probably wants you to assume the former.It is only fair to state that the body count is two murders by the forces of evil and one murder by the forces of good, though one of the first murders could have been prevented had the possibly angelic personage been actually interested in h [...]

  11. It seems odd to me that though I ve loved the two most prominent Inklings Lewis and Tolkien for many years, I d never ventured into the works of the others until now It took a most unpleasant illness and the resulting long weekend to get me to sit down with this book I am most glad that I finally did War in Heaven is densly populated with complex characters, complicated plotting, and weighty moral issues A pall of darkness hangs over London, the lives of the characters, and this book as first a [...]

  12. Apparantly the Holy Grail is mucking around in a parsonage in Fardle An urbane publisher satanist finds out and steals it Meanwhile he s taken a fancy to a boy whom he tries to corrupt for some reason The Archdeacon of the parsonage isn t really happy about this, and steals it back, and then things get weird as the publisher s two friends get involved Oh, and there s a police inspector investigating a murder, and Prester John.If you ve ever read That Hideous Strength by C.S Lewis, you ve read a [...]

  13. The edition that I read has a cover quote from T.S Eliot about Charles Williams s novels There are no novels anywhere quite like them They are very good thrillersey are exciting They are the work of a man who had something very serious to convey Well, I haven t read any others by him, but I could add one sentence of description They are whackadoodle.What is this like Sort of like G.K Chesterton, with spirituality and absurdity thrust into workaday England Like C.S Lewis, deeply concerned with t [...]

  14. In some ways similar to The Exorcist, Williams War in Heaven crosses genre, being both a horror book and a theological speculation It doesn t have the driving force of The Exorcist, but its roots are the same a Manichean Christianity in which good guys and bad guys war over the souls of the undecided.The book is quite personal, focusing the battle upon a small group of English men and women, along with one child, who are drawn together by the re emergence of the Holy Grail or Graal, as Williams [...]

  15. Williams was in the writing group with Lewis, Tolkien, and Sayers, so I was eager to read this novel But, as it turns out, I was very eager to finish it It s the traditional story of the search for the Holy Grail, but in a contemporary 1930s England setting The story jumped around a lot, and since none of the characters were of great interest to me, it was hard to follow the jumping around I had to make a chart to keep up with them and try to keep me interested I suspect this is one of those boo [...]

  16. Charles Williams is kind of like the Frank Peretti of the early 20th century, though his supernaturalism is Anglicized and mysterious Williams, a member of the Inklings, that small group of writers that included his friends Tolkien and C S Lewis, helps us to see that the wall between our world and the invisible spirit world has many unlocked doors, if indeed a wall even exists This reminds me of Genesis 32 1 2 Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him When Jacob saw them, he sai [...]

  17. Made me think Very dark at some points it s a book for adults, not children or maybe even teens , but has a satisfying conclusion The character think and speak in a very traditional English style, which is a lot of fun Each character s motivations and thoughts are essentially the insightful representation of some ideal, good or bad As has been said elsewhere, Williams style is reminiscent of That Hideous Strength by C.S Lewis I think anyone who liked one would likely enjoy the other It s in the [...]

  18. This is my least favorite of the four Charles Williams novels that I ve read The other three being Place of the Lion, Many Dimensions, and Greater Trumps This book is well written and interesting, but lacks the interesting wow factor of his other novels This book is his first, and it seems to me that he was hanging out with C.S Lewis and Tolkien and said I should write a Christian novel He then proceeds to forget what he is writing, though the elements are still there, it is an occult novel, b [...]

  19. I really enjoyed this novel, but I can t imagine recommending it to anyone, because the author s perspective is very hard to ascertain The prose is cleaner and easier to read than All Hallows Eve , and the atmosphere is definitely less ethereal the story is such a strange mix of Victorian and modern ideas imagine if H.P Lovecraft and G.K Chesterton wrote a Father Brown mystery, and then made the mystery a subplot Again in this work, as with the previously mentioned All Hallows Eve , Williams doe [...]

  20. This is Williams first novel of the seven and an excellent view of his later development of these matters What matters In a phrase, transworld salvation and damnation Does He will Gregory Persimmons asks Kenneth, who in the end is dissolved into dust and disappears from malevolence Certainly He wills him, the Archdeacon said, since He wills that Persimmons shall be whatever he seems to choose 180 High Anglican theology had such a following in the 30 s with Eastern Orthodoxy Both opposed and alli [...]

  21. I heard of Charles Williams in connection with Lewis Tolkien many years ago, but never picked up one of his books I m glad that now having read one that it was during a time in my life in which I ve been within the Christian faith I think much of the book would have been lost on me otherwise which isn t to say that there still weren t times in which I found myself scratching my head trying to grasp the underlying implications of the story.The story itself was gripping and often disturbing The mo [...]

  22. Some novels are above your pay grade, War in Heaven skirts that boundary for me I am not much into poetry But the humour and bumpy tale makes you chuckle at many points Starting with a dead person under the desk of a publishing house employee Never mind the fact it takes this person over half an hour to discover said person has been strangled This is followed by a chase for the Holy Grail that lasts the rest of the novel The cast of characters could be from Monty Python instead of a poetic wit l [...]

  23. Williams is one of the writers that C S Lewis named as an inspiration He became part of the Inkling group I have used the word esoteric to refer to him elswhere about another book and I believe it does apply and describe his writing That being said I highly recommend this book You will need to think about it and not enter in with your mind in neutral but really, isn t that a good thing

  24. Not for everyone with its supernatural flavor and sinister portrayal of evil, but a powerful look at the undercurrents we miss in mundane things the deep mysteries of simple liturgies of life and the little lapses that we excuse but that lead into dangerous territory A very English novel, and made me think of Wodehouse at points, if he had ever waded into theological waters.

  25. I tried to 2 chapters to follow along given the great opening sentence but gave up as did everyone else in the book club I m in.

  26. This was an AMAZING book I m surprised it isn t well known It had an exciting plot, the characters were great, it was very insightful, suspenseful, and it was beautifully written It blended mystery with adventure and the occult, and the setting of England in the 1930s gave a quaint, homely feel to it that nicely complemented the otherworldliness of the Holy Grail and the strange occult rituals Gregory and co were engaged in The whole story, in fact, was a blend of everyday reality with a supern [...]

  27. This book is both madcap and chilling, often at the same time I enjoyed the irreverent dialogue and commentary while finding the Satanism ominous I struggled not to skip longer prose sections to see what would happen in the plot I like that one of the main characters was conventionally religious though not stereotypical.

  28. Good versus EvilThis was not an easy read I stuck with it and then began to enjoy the story The number of characters and their relation to each other was not easy to follow at first It was still worth the effort and the struggle between heaven and hell had a glorious ending.

  29. The fact that this is a depiction of the battle between good and evil is well known An interesting book and one I will have to re read, at some point.

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