CS Lewis (Was: Favourite books)

Margaret Ball margaret at onr.com
Sun Dec 12 21:36:51 EST 2004

Jadwiga wrote

>Lewis's attitudes toward women are much more troubling-- I find it 
>especially unnerving to realize that his books have a much more 
>childish-academic-gentleman prejudice about adult women than Kipling 
Yup. When I grew up and read his essays, there were several passages 
that made me want to throw the book across the room and/or stomp on 
it....and now, if I re-read the Narnia books, I have to shut off the 
corner of my mind that is screaming about his attitudes toward women.  
Unfortunately that's true of a lot of literature, not just Narnia. The 
Taming of the Shrew, for instance, is a play in praise of wife-beating - 
but I still like the musical that Cole Porter made out of it.

I have trouble with the casual anti-semitism that pervades English 
novels written before World War II, also.

Margaret Ball

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen; whatever you say to them they translate into their own language and forthwith it is something entirely different.


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