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Re: [mythsoc] Orwell reviews Lewis

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  • 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 1 of 2 , Jun 24, 2004
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      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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