Re: [mythsoc] Philip Pullman article
- In a message dated 03/03/2001 3:34:40 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Also I think he books are very badly written and morally repugnant." >>
Oh, ick, that's enough to give one a bad taste in the mouth for a while. And
one is deprived of the simple body language to show affrontery, for it hardly
seems worthwhile to argue with such an attitude. Have they even taken into
account the time difference? Just think what a field day they would have
- 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.