While I enjoyed the book very much, as a woman and a mother, I did constantly wonder (as I read the book) at their decision not to have children.The author announces this fact early on in their pagan years which the couple dubbed, "The Shining Barrier", presumably a barrier of love which they erected around themselves to protect themselves from the outside world.Later, however, when they converted to Christianity, there was no mention they ever revisited this decision.Davy was still young enough at the time to bear children.I couldn't help thinking and wondering if — as time went by — the desire to become a mother didn't occasionally tug at her heart.Vanauken never mentions it and at the end of the book he describes burning her diaries.
In an interesting aside however, Lewis does chastize his friend, and very severely too, for the couple's decision to exclude children from their marriage, but only some time after Davy's death.
Two of the many delights in this book are numerous beautiful poems the author wrote to his beloved bride and a large collection of letters from C.S. Lewis.
An excellent autobiography of Love.Beautifully written tribute to Davy as well; I only wish I heard more of her voice.
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