Charles Williams and the Mysticism of the Graal

Eclectic Orthodoxy has written a post about Williams’s novel War in Heaven. The post begins:

War In Heaven

War In Heaven

War in Heaven is often recommended as the first novel one should pick up as introduction to the fiction of Charles Williams. Having just re-read it, I have to concur. Not that it is always easy. None of Williams’s novels are easy. But it may be a tad more accessible than the others, especially if you are a Christian. It contains more explicitly Christian symbolism and imagery than his other novels.

On the surface War in Heaven is a mystery. It begins with this sentence: “The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse.” One might think one had opened a Dorothy Sayers’s novel. But when we are introduced to the sociopathic occultist Gregory Persimmons, we begin to realize that this is no ordinary tale; and when the Holy Graal is introduced in the next chapter, we know this is no ordinary tale.

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About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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2 Responses to Charles Williams and the Mysticism of the Graal

  1. Jack Calligan says:

    If you’re willing to do a little work, don’t miss him, especially “War in Heaven”, and “Place of the Lion”.
    CS Lewis opines about the spirit world, JRR Tolkien invents lovely imaginings of it.

    What Charles Williams does is write you things that read spookily like first hand reports. NOBODY makes the invisible world visible like Williams.

    Like

  2. Sørina Higgins says:

    Hear, hear! Thanks for sharing. How did you first come across CW’s works, Jack?

    Like

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