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22702Re: [mythsoc] Movie-goers rate the book

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  • Mike Foster
    Oct 8, 2011
      In my first year of teaching senior high school English, I gave out a reading list for a paper and was stunned at the number of strapping or/and geekish Catholic lads who picked _The Loved One_ by Evelyn Waugh.  Ah! I thought they were drawn in by the Hollywood satire & brittle British wit.  A student gently pointed out that the Waugh was shorter by half than almost any other book on the list.
      Thanks for the Lewis quote, David.
      Sent: Saturday, October 08, 2011 1:21 PM
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Movie-goers rate the book

      Bill West wrote:

      >In all fairness, it's a trend no matter the type
      of book, the kids (or their >parents) just wanted the shortest books on the list.

      C.S. Lewis had something to say about that, and I quote:

      A lady whom I knew discovered that the pretty little probationer who filled her hot-water bottle in the hospital had read _Screwtape_. She also discovered why.

      "You see," said the girl, "we were warned that at interviews, after the real, technical questions are over, matrons and people sometimes ask about your general interests. The best thing is to say you've read something. So they gave us a list of about ten books that usually go down pretty well and said we ought to read at least one of them."

      "And you chose _Screwtape_?"

      "Well, of course; it was the shortest."

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