Re: [mythsoc] Philip Pullman article
- On Sat, 3 Mar 2001 15:33:12 EST Stolzi@... writes:
> "Take C. S. Lewis's allegories. They are some of the vilest everWhy does this remind me of the character of Rik from 'The Young Ones,'
> They are fascist in style and in method. If you want to see what I
who was always calling everyone a fascist. When asking for a loan, he
writes a letter to the bank manager: 'Darling Fascist Bullyboy, Give me
some more money.' Anyone he doesn't like is 'a fascist.'
Hmmm. I'm sure there are folks on this list more educated than I, but I
don't recall a 'fascist' style or method of writing when I studied for my
bachelor's in English.
Currently Reading: The False House by James Stoddard
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- 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.