C.S. Lewis: The Boy Who Chronicled Narnia - Michael White Reviews
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White pays a lot of attention to Lewis' complex and fraught relationship with his father, but I often felt he comes to this relationship with preconcieved ideas. He frequently refers to Jack's judgements of his father as "unfair" and "biased", attributing them to Lewis' subconscious resentment and Jack blaming his father for his mother's death.
However, do we really need to llok for subconcious sources? Albert utterly failed his son in the time of the most acute emotion...more
According to the introduction, this biography was devised specifically as a chronicle of the life of the man who chronicled Narnia. White acknowledges that Lewis spent all his life as an Oxford don teaching and studying English language and literature, and that the later parts of his life were devoted to proselytising a rather firebrand version of Christianity, but he sees Lewis primarily as a writer of best-selling fiction, and particularly the Narnia series.
When first presented, this approach looked like an exceedingly good idea to me, but as the narrative progressed its major drawbacks became painfully obvious. Lewis didn't write the Narnia books until ...
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