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Saturday, April 30, 2005

C.S. Lewis kick

I have begun a new literary trek, to read ALL of the works of C.S. Lewis. Being all too aware of my short attention span, I have NO idea how long this will take, but am beginning with The Chronicles of Narnia. At this point, I’ve completed The Magician’s Nephew.

Some things I’ve learned, upon researching the Chronicles and their author:

The books weren’t written "in order," so to speak. In fact, to some degree they were written in bits and pieces, as Lewis was inspired. The first book to actually be written was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. For a Chronicles time line, however, it has been suggested by the author that The Magician’s Nephew be read first.

I also never realized that Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were not only contemporaries, but friends, despite the fact that Tolkien laid heavy criticism on the first book in the Chronicles series.

Also, Lewis’ untimely death occurred on November 22, 1963...., the same day as the assassination of President Kennedy.

Just as an aside, here, I have to say that I GREATLY enjoy the Internet. Too much, probably. I hope kids today realize that those of us who grew up without it actually had to make a trip to the local library to obtain such information. Now, people can have access to the equivalent of more than a HUNDRED libraries without leaving their home. From a standpoint of learning and convenience, the Internet may be the single greatest invention of the 20th century. (And, there, you have my incredibly obvious observation for the day.)

Another observation: Why have The Chronicles of Narnia never been adapted to comics? It seems a natural candidate for sequential storytelling, and one would think a capable artist would have a wonderful, if challenging, time putting his interpretation on such a vast expanse of imagination. Here’s to the day that each book in the series is presented in graphic novel form.