Re: [mythsoc] Philip Pullman article
- Believe it or not, the following quote wh I found this morning in my
MereLewis mail is NOT from Pullman:
"Take C. S. Lewis's allegories. They are some of the vilest ever written.
They are fascist in style and in method. If you want to see what I mean,
read the first page of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Although I may happen
to agree with the opinions, Lewis sneers at people. People who behave in the
way he describes I _may_ find objectionable. But he says they _are_. Also I
think he books are very badly written and morally repugnant."
Yet this same author contradicts himself in other things he is quoted as
saying abt CSL.
Mary S, morally indignant
- In a message dated 3/10/01 12:56:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, Stolzi@...
<< Must today's children be protected from Lewis'
evils? Or should the first chapter be revised to say simply that "Eustace's
parents were rather disagreeable people" - as DR DOOLITTLE has (in my view
rightly) been rewritten in certain parts, as PL Travers rewrote a bothersome
chapter of MARY POPPINS? >>
It's possible to take a middle position. It's possible to think a writer is
good and to agree with him on many things and yet to disagree with him on
others, while not finding it necessary to tell children that they should
ignore certain points in the book. I give all my nieces and nephews a copy
of the Chronicles of Narnia. I agree with much of Lewis said, but I think
that (like anyone else) he was incorrect on a few issues. I don't find it
necessary to include an "errata" list of wrong ideas in Lewis's books (or
anyone else's books I give as presents). I think that my nieces and nephews
are already learning the lesson that they should read a lot of books and
think for themselves about the issues involved.