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Keith Wilson
01-12-2006, 01:52 PM
Apropos to an earlier discussion, I ran across an interesting article on Lewis. (http://www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/articles/051121crat_atlarge) Most of the article is a lot more sympathetic to him than paragraph quoted below, but I picked the quote because it so closely matches my initial experience with the Narnia books

Throughout his own imaginative writing, Lewis is always trying to stuff the marvelous back into the allegorical ó his conscience as a writer lets him see that the marvelous should be there for its own marvelous sake, just as imaginative myth, but his Christian duty insists that the marvelous must (to use his own giveaway language) be reinfected with belief. He is always trying to inoculate metaphor with allegory, or, at least, drug it, so that it walks around hollow-eyed, saying just what itís supposed to say.

[ 01-12-2006, 01:58 PM: Message edited by: Keith Wilson ]

Alan D. Hyde
01-12-2006, 01:53 PM

Does that link work?


Keith Wilson
01-12-2006, 01:59 PM
Ah, thanks Alan. I fixed the link.

Billy Bones
01-12-2006, 02:23 PM
Interesting quotation. As an adult reader of Narnia I see the point, though as a child I valued the 'christian' allegory free of dogmatic baggage. However my eyes glaze over when a 'critic' uses language like "Lewis is always trying to..."

Robb White was right on about trying to get rejected by the Newyorker.