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RE: [mythsoc] Order of the Chronicles

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  • Janet Croft
    I thought the article by Peter J. Schakel in the last Mythlore was pretty conclusive about this whole issue. LWW has to come first for a wide variety of
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      I thought the article by Peter J. Schakel in the last Mythlore was pretty
      conclusive about this whole issue. LWW has to come first for a wide variety
      of reasons.

      Janet
      -----Original Message-----
      From: David Lenander [mailto:d-lena@...]
      Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 4:04 PM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [mythsoc] Order of the Chronicles


      Although CSL is often said to have indicated a preference for Nephew as
      first in the series, I think I looked up what he'd said at some point, and I
      think it wasn't so clear as that makes it sound. I think it was something
      like "You should read Nephew first if you want to read them in chronological
      order" in response to a question from someone
      saying they wanted to read them in the order of occurrence. But this is
      from a man who gave at least two contradictory accounts of how he came to
      write LWW. "Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

      In any case, I don't think the argument that Nephew should come first is
      persuasive for many people. Unfortunately, Donald Gresham and HarperCollins
      are convinced of it. I read them aloud in that order, years ago, to my
      younger siblings, and realized then that it worked better the other way,
      with Nephew following after LWW, and actually after the
      first four, as they follow after one another pretty well. LWW, PC, VDT
      and SC, with MN and H&HB maybe substituted at any point after LWW if the
      next of the sequence of 4 isn't available--you really wouldn't want to read
      SC or VDT before PC, would you? Though I started with Silver Chair, and
      then LWW or Dawn Treader and Magician's Nephew. I think
      everyone's agreed that Last Battle belongs last, though. Astonishing.
      Even Kay Lindskoog and Walter Hooper probably agree about that .

      mythsoc@yahoogroups.com wrote:

      > How on
      > earth anyone, even CSL himself, could think this book is _intended_ to
      be
      > read before LWW - that totally escapes me.
      >
      > David Bratman

      --

      David Lenander,

      e-mail: d-lena@... web-page: http://umn.edu/~d-lena/OnceUponATime.html



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