'When the humans disbelieve in our existence we lose all the pleasing results of direct terrorism and we make no magicians. On the other hand, when they believe in us, we cannot make them materialists and sceptics. At least, not yet.'
Three chapters in and I had no idea what was going on. It got to the point where I had to Google it.
Screwtape is some sort of senior devil who works below The Devil who he refers to as his 'Father'. The book is in the form of letters written from Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, a Junior Tempter, who follows this guy called 'the patient', the point of his job is to make 'the patient' sin.
I found this a rather difficult read as it felt too formal, like I was reading a school textbook. So my mind was wandering and switching off, like it did when I was back at school. Next thing I know, I've finished the book and gained nothing from reading it.
I also felt really uncomfortable reading this at some points, because I'm a Christian and I was seeing through the devil's point of view. So it felt like a sin reading it.