I read Surprised by Joy the other night. Some reactions:

  • We learn nothing at school. Lewis went to university knowing Greek, Latin, French, German and Italian. It sounds like he didn't learn many of the sciences, but I would happily swap my knowledge of chemistry to be able to read The Divine Comedy in the original.
  • Lewis hated algebra. Score!
  • He dreaded the postman's knock. I wonder what he would have thought of email.
  • His "perfect day" only included about six hours of work. This work was uninterrupted (hah!), and punctuated by a leisurely lunch, a lengthy walk and tea. I wonder if he ever got away with it.
  • The past in a foreign country is a foreigner country.

The book actually has a point, of course — I'm still mulling it over.