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Re: [mythsoc] Philip Pullman article

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  • Stolzi@aol.com
    ... Just to be fair (though I still don t know what a fascist style in writing is, despite a certain unhappy acquaintance with both Pravda-style and
    Message 1 of 47 , Mar 4, 2001
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      In a message dated 3/3/01 8:50:05 PM Central Standard Time, I said:

      > Fascist? Could someone explain to me what "fascist style" is? Whatever it
      > is, it can hardly be Lewis'.

      Just to be fair (though I still don't know what a "fascist style" in writing
      is, despite a certain unhappy acquaintance with both "Pravda-style" and
      "socialist realism") -- one could detect a certain whiff of fascism in the
      way Caspian & Co. in DAWN TREADER deal with the unsatisfactory administration
      of Governor Gumpas.

      We'd all like a strong man with a sword to settle some idiots' hash, the
      trouble is that here, if not in Narnia, the strong men usually turn out to be
      just as bad if not worse.

      And we KNOW Lewis' opinion of European fascism, which was dealt with, to the
      suffering of him and others, probably before this author was out of the
      primary grades, if not before he was born.

      Mary S
    • WendellWag@aol.com
      In a message dated 3/10/01 12:56:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, Stolzi@aol.com writes:
      Message 47 of 47 , Mar 10, 2001
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        In a message dated 3/10/01 12:56:32 PM Eastern Standard Time, Stolzi@...
        writes:

        << 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.

        Wendell Wagner
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