Orwell reviews Lewis
- Am forwarding this link as it may be of interest to some here.
Lewis wrote about Orwell, too, but that material is I think still in
copyright and not available on the Web.
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> The Scientist Takes Over
> review of C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (1945)
> by George Orwell
> Though Orwell had a generally positive attitude toward this book, he
> thought the supernatural elements the main weakness.
- At 12:46 PM 6/23/2004 -0500, George Orwell wrote:
>It would be a very hardened reader who would not experience a thrill onI wonder from this if Orwell realized that what The Head actually is is
>learning that The Head is actually however, that would be giving the game
>One could recommend this book ureservedly if Mr. Lewis had succeeded in
>keeping it all on a single level. Unfortunately, the supernatural keeps
>breaking in, and it does so in rather confusing, undisciplined ways.
supernatural. He seems to, later on, when he writes:
>Much is made of the fact that the scientists are actually in touch with evilBut it seems from this that he's criticizing what, in the first sentence I
>spirits, although this fact is known only to the inmost circle.
quoted, he seems to be praising.
Note, however, that Orwell, for all his socialism, does not have the
trouble swallowing Lewis's basic premise that J.B.S. Haldane (whose essay
on the trilogy may be found on the same site) does.
- David Bratman