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Into the Wardrobe A Community of Wardrobians 2010-08-21T07:50:17+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/feed.php?f=8&t=4908 2010-08-21T07:50:17+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=206409#p206409 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]>

Statistics: Posted by galion — 21 Aug 2010, 07:50


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2010-08-20T19:12:15+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=206393#p206393 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]>
I finally voted TWHF. The "tiebreaker" for me was that TWHF stands alone, whereas Perelandra really needs for you to have read another book, Out Of The Silent Planet, to get the full impact. Don't get me wrong. OoTSP is an awesome book too. In fact, if one of the choices had been "OoTSP and Perelandra published in a single volume", I would probably still be making up my mind.

If you throw THS in with OoTSP and Perelandra though, my choice quickly goes to TWHF. I just didn't like THS nearly as well as the other two books in that series. If published in a single volume with them, I feel it would bring down the series.

Something I have observed about both THS and The Sliver Chair, though. For most Lewis fans, each of those books is either the best of it's series, or the worst of it's series. I've never seen anyone rate SC as, say #3 among the CoN books. It's always #1 or #7. (My oldest son refused to finish it.) Seldom anywhere in between. The same is true of THS. No one rates THS in between OoTSP and Perelandra. Either it's by far the best book of the series, or significantly inferior to the other two. Never anything in between.

And, does it seem to you that however a person rates SC in CoN, they will rate THS the same way in the Space Trilogy? It seems that way to me, but maybe my "sample population" is too small.

It surprises me though, that on a forum for adult fans of C.S. Lewis, LWW is beating the stuffing out of The Screwtape Letters. I'm not trying to be critical. I'm just saying I'm surprised.

I wonder, with enough research, could we learn how to construct personality profiles of people simply by evaluating the way in which they rank Lewis' work?

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2010-08-18T04:35:10+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=206369#p206369 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]>
Mavramorn wrote:
The Silver Chair ... nuff said


I think that is my favorite in the Narnia series because in spite of all the mistakes Jill and Eustice make, (and they make a lot!) they manage to accomplish their mission. And Puddleglum is one of my favorite characters as well.

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2010-08-18T03:29:17+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=206368#p206368 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]> Statistics: Posted by Mavramorn — 18 Aug 2010, 03:29


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2010-07-12T11:49:49+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=205982#p205982 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]> Statistics: Posted by Lucys_Wardrobe — 12 Jul 2010, 11:49


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2010-06-12T19:32:59+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=205644#p205644 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]> really think about; would it not have been much worse! (speaking for myself of course!)

To me, aside from his English Literature In The Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama, my favorite is still TWHF.

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2010-06-12T19:05:05+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=205643#p205643 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]> really think about! - answering Freud's famous question "Was will das Weib??"

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2010-06-12T18:39:04+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=205642#p205642 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]> The Shoddy Lands is certainly the worst, but it is kind of funny and I think it was meant to be.

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2010-06-12T14:06:22+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=205638#p205638 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]>
equustel wrote:
The first part of the book was written before he had become a Christian


I'm not sure that that is strictly the case. As I understand, he had been interested in, if not obsessed by, this myth, and made various attempts at re-telling it. I believe that in the draft for an earlier version from his pre-Christian days, the conclusion would have been that Orual was right, and the Gods wrong. However, the version we have was apparently written very quickly - it would certainly have been influenced by earlier versions, but I believe that this final version was all of a piece, written from scratch.

And yes, the way Lewis writes about women has changed radically in this book - to take a worst case comparison, look at The Shoddy Lands! :rolleyes:

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2010-06-12T03:04:46+00:00 http://cslewis.drzeus.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=4908&p=205634#p205634 <![CDATA[Re: What was Lewis's best book?]]>
equustel wrote:
The first part of the book was written before he had become a Christian, which gives it so much added weight (as well as everything that follows).


Interesting. I did not know that. But I think you are right - that is probably what gives it so much weight. Fascinating that he would come back to it so many years later. Your feelings about the book echo my own, equustel.

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