We’re reading through The Chronicles of Narnia for our family read aloud and have decided to approach the series chronologically instead of in the order it was written (meaning we’ve started with THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW instead of THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE).
I love the little asides CS Lewis throws into his writing. Here are a few I’ve savored so far:
“Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind. At this moment Uncle Andrew was beginning to be silly in a very grown-up way. Now that the Witch was no longer in the same room with him he was quickly forgetting how she had frightened him and thinking more and more of her wonderful beauty.”
“We must now go back a bit and explain what the whole scene had looked like from Uncle Andrew’s point of view It had not made at all the same impression on him a on the Cabby and the children. For what you see and hear depends on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.“
“And the longer and more beautiful the Lion sang, the harder Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring. Now the trouble about trying make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.“
Poor Uncle Andrew! I’m so glad his perspective is included in these stories.
What bits of wisdom have you gleaned from your recent reads?
On a side note:
Yesterday Moonrat announced that after years of blogging about publishing from the inside, it’s time for her to move on. Thanks, Moonie, for teaching me so much and being such an advocate for authors. All the best to you. You will be missed.