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The Magician's Book by Laura Miller
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May 11, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: literary, non-fiction
Read in May, 2011

I liked a lot about this appreciation and analysis of The Cronicles of Narnia, but I also hated a lot. What was most hateful was Miller's misapprehension of the Chronicles as "proseltyzing" and "evangelical". Lewis tries to present Christianity as he understands it and wants others, especially children, to understand it. Take it or leave it. Its vaue as literature takes it way beyond its foundation in faith. Miller's crisis about how you could like this book and hate Christianity is not called for. It is beside the point.

So there was a basic stupidity at the heart of this argument which led Miller into trying to appreciate Narnia through the "back door". This leads her into a lot of irrelevent English major nonsense about Freud, Tolkien and Northrop Frye (no disrespect)which is quite unecessary to appreciate the Chronicles.

On the other hand, when she wasn't overwrought and going on about sado-masochism and Lewis' powerful witches, Miller did give some sensitive and insightful readings of the books. Even though Miller seems intelligent however, I must believe, based on reading this and others,that journalists are essentially stupid.
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