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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: halfmoon_mollie
2005-10-26 05:33 am (UTC)
I haven't read the Narnia books either. Let me see, you and I are the same age. When I was a kid, those books were not a big deal. I read Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobsey twins and the Five Little Peppers and How they Grew. I also read a few that probably a lot of people haven't read, because my grandmother's library was pretty well intact (like the Sunny Boy books, and the Motor Boys).

I DO want to visit New Zealand, for the very reason you don't seem inclined.

I've seen two movies about CS Lewis - both titled "Shadowlands". The one with Sir Anthony Hopkin made me cry, so I suppose I've always held a rather romantic view of him.

I won't go see those movies. But I didn't see LOTR either.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-10-26 08:56 am (UTC)
There are two movie versions of Shadowlands? I didn't know that. I've seen the Hopkins version- and yes, it's very moving- though I've been told that its versions of Lewis and Joy aren't all that much like the originals. For instance, the real Lewis wasn't a shy, bumbling Englishman, but a loud and bullying Ulsterman....but so it goes.

I read a whole lot as a kid- including a lot of titles I can't remember. Books that at one time or another colonized my imagination include the Jungle Books, the Sword in the Stone, the fantasy novels of E. Nesbit, King Solomon's Mines and its sequels and the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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