Thursday, October 04, 2007

Fauns and dryads

Douglas Gresham remembers his stepfather C. S. Lewis at the Guardian.

(There is a hero-worshipping and sentimentalizing strain in the writing of Gresham's piece that I cannot endorse, it seems to me at odds with truthfulness, and yet it is an interesting and compelling piece nonetheless. I understand all the faults those Narnia books are charged with, I do not dissent from most of the charges, and yet they are still quite magical to me [his scholarly writing is rather wonderful too], they are on the short list of things that most strongly shaped my imagination as a child and I read them again and again in those days... )

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