Re: Digest Number 2111
- Dear Doug,
I seem to be lending myself to misinterpretation all over the place!
When I referred to Hooper's characterization of A VOYAGE to ARCTURUS
as a "ghastly story", I didn't mean that I agreed with it. I
completely agree with Lewis that Lindsay has produced a tour de force
in his creation of a series of symbolical worlds, each of which is
completely credible while you are "in" it. I also agree that Lindsay's
work defines the raison d'etre of the fairy tale or heroic romance
as a spiritual journey.
In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Douglas A. Anderson" <nodens@l...> wrote:
> Menelvagor quoted, to which I add some context:
> > Actually, however, I have been doing so just to confirm
> that it is what Walter Hooper called VOYAGE to ARCTURUS: "a ghastly
> A Voyage to Arcturus is a brilliant book, as Lewis himself realized
> stole its basic idea, adding a Christian orthodoxy and re-writing itas Out
> of the Silent Planet and Perelandra). It is mistakenly called"ghastly" by
> people who dislike its non-Christian outlook, which dislike is inturn often
> attributed to all works by its author, David Lindsay, who in factalso wrote
> (c. 1924) some few years after Arcturus (published 1920) a Christianfantasy
> called The Violet Apple, very much like the novels that would soon
> afterwards be written by Charles Williams. Both Lewis and Tolkien
> recognized Lindsay's achievement without agreeing to it.
> Doug A.