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Narnia [Oct. 26th, 2005|11:17 am]
Tony Grist
The trailer for The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe makes it look just like LOTR.

Same gorgeous New Zealand landscapes.

I used to want to visit New Zealand. I don't any more. It's so fuckin' empty.

Somehow or other I've managed not to read the Narnia books. I don't quite understand how this happened. But I've dipped into them in adulthood and not noticed any stardust. Lewis talks down to kids, he's so goddam preachy...

...And he's very 1950s (see last entry.)

I've read other books by Lewis. I enjoyed The Great Divorce. But, as with other "religious" writers, he leaves me with a taste in my mouth like I've been sucking on a horseshoe- a sour, metallic taste. He doesn't trust his own perceptions and feelings, but dresses up in pretty images the cold, nasty, unfelt doctrines he's been showered with from some Northern Irish pulpit.

He says in his Autobiography that his favourite mythology was the Norse, followed by the Greek, with the Judaeo-Christian coming in a poor third, but because he believed, against his aesthetic instincts, that the Judaeo-Christian mythology was true, he opted to become a believer.

Keats would have set him right on that- "Beauty is truth, truth beauty...."

But Lewis was an establishment man through and through. He went where he perceived the power to be.


[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2005-10-26 05:10 am (UTC)
How sad - I think that it's much harder to find the magic in the Narnia books if you're reading them for the first time as an adult. We're so much more jaded then when we were children. As a child reading them, I didn't know anything about allegory or subtext - I just knew that it was a thrilling adventure! Four children walk through a wardrobe into another world, getting away from the mundane real world (which is something I often dreamed of as a child)!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-10-26 08:46 am (UTC)
I like the idea of walking through a wardrobe into another world...but I'm not so keen on what Lewis's kids find there.

I've been trying to think of a kid's book I found magical in spite of reading it first in adulthood- and suddenly I've got one (or two)- Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill and its sequel Rewards and Fairies.

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