Nat Case ncase at
Wed Sep 13 10:44:24 EDT 2000

Re: L'Engle

It's funny, but I realize I've had a similar reaction to both Diane 
Duane and Orson Scott Card. In Card's case, I loved the first two 
Alvin Maker books, which are essentially an alternate-universe 
retelling of the life of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons. The 
later books (up to 5 now, I think) get progressively more 
Alvin-is-Superman, and edge closer and closer to outright Mormon 
theology. In Diane Duane's case, While I am still very fond of her, I 
though the "So You Want to be a Wizard series was weakened by the 
last book, which got rather theological towards the end, again as a 
character achieved a higher consciousness.

There is an unfortunate quality I think almost any devout author 
(heck, any author period) acquires when they get too close to looking 
the Divine right in the face. Especially when they lean on teachings 
instead of their own experience. As if at some point the writers 
imagination fails to encompass the writing as thoroughly as it did 
when it was written closer to home.

I remember in not-directly-religious way being left disappointed with 
Phyllis Naylor's York Trilogy. I thought at the time that she just 
set up a wonderful metaphoric web and then didn't know how to resolve 

I haven't re-read Narnia in many years; maybe it's time.

Nat Case
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