[DWJ] Re:Farah Mendlesohn's book - blatant commercial plug

Dorian E. Gray israfel at eircom.net
Tue Sep 12 16:25:56 EDT 2006

Deborah said...

> On Tue, 12 Sep 2006, Otter Perry wrote:
> |I remember reading an article about Pullman in which
> |he vents at Lewis for not allowing Susan to go back to Narnia
> |because she had conventional pubescent interests.  A friend of
> |mine says it sounds to her like the reaction of someone deeply
> |involved and deeply disappointed.  That is, Pullman is deeply
> |involved and feels deeply betrayed by Lewis.
> Yes indeed.  To me, Pullman reads like someone who has had a deep
> and abiding love for lewis and lewis' christianity, because his
> anger reads like betrayal, not like something more distant.

I don't know enough about Pullman and the evolution of his views to be sure, 
but the impression I get is that he had a deep and abiding love for the 
Narnia books, and then realised/discovered the Christian allegory aspect, 
and that - the Christian aspect - was, for the comitted atheist, the 

But, whatever the betrayal was, I do agree that Pullman's remarks about 
Narnia do read like those of someone who feels deeply betrayed by 
someone/thing he trusted.

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
israfel at eircom.net

"I will not trust you, I,
Nor longer stay in your curst company.
Your hands than mine are quicker for a fray;
My legs are longer though to run away."
-Wm. Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" 

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