Re: [mythsoc] Philip Pullman article
- 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 itJust to be fair (though I still don't know what a "fascist style" in writing
> is, it can hardly be Lewis'.
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.
- 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.