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Orwell reviews Lewis

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  • Stolzi
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 23, 2004
      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.

      Diamond Proudbrook

      ----- Original Message -----

      > The Scientist Takes Over
      > review of C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength (1945)
      > by George Orwell
      > http://www.solcon.nl/arendsmilde/cslewis/reflections/e-orwellths.htm
      >
      > Though Orwell had a generally positive attitude toward this book, he
      > thought the supernatural elements the main weakness.

      >
    • David Bratman
      ... I wonder from this if Orwell realized that what The Head actually is is ... But it seems from this that he s criticizing what, in the first sentence I
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 24, 2004
        At 12:46 PM 6/23/2004 -0500, George Orwell wrote:

        >It would be a very hardened reader who would not experience a thrill on
        >learning that The Head is actually – however, that would be giving the game
        >away.
        >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.

        I wonder from this if Orwell realized that what The Head actually is is
        supernatural. He seems to, later on, when he writes:

        >Much is made of the fact that the scientists are actually in touch with evil
        >spirits, although this fact is known only to the inmost circle.

        But it seems from this that he's criticizing what, in the first sentence I
        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
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