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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
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Jul 03, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: british-lit, fantasy
Read in September, 2005

Favorites: "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", "Prince Caspian", "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", and "The Magician's Nephew". Part of my whole mid-life literary crisis; I might have enjoyed them more if I'd read them as a kid. But I still enjoyed them, nonetheless.

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message 1: by Milli (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:30AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Milli Mid-life in your mid-twenties?

message 2: by Brian (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:30AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Brian yes. see, it was a mid-life crisis based on events that i felt should have happened in my childhood. so it gets the same 20-year difference or so, even if the appellation is a bit off.

message 3: by Karen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:48AM) (new)

Karen Maybe I'm just not a fan of fantasy fiction or maybe I should have read them as a kid as well, but I think The Chronicles are only OK. And highly overrated by most Christians.

message 4: by Brian (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:49AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Brian I don't know if they're overrated, but it does seem cliche to absolutely adore them just because one is a Christian. It almost felt weird to give it four stars instead of five, as if I'd have to repent or something, or suffer being ostracized from the Christian community. Seems there's a general cult of personality around Lewis anyway in some Christian circles, as if he were the only spokesman for the faith, or as if he couldn't say or do anything wrong (kind of like Paul). He is, perhaps, one of the best for making complex theology accessible to laymen, but I bet if people gave it a shot they'd find they could take the same common sensical approach he took to discussing God and the Christian life--perhaps not to the same depths, but at least along the same lines. Nevertheless, I feel I can truly say I "really liked" these books, thus deserving four stars, because they were both enjoyable and thought-provoking, and that's an excellent combination. Anyway, I'm kind of a sucker for adventure and discovery, which is why "Voyage" is probably my favorite.

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