Posted by Art on August 06, 1998 at 08:47:33:
In response to In respectful disagreement, written by Linden on August 06, 1998 at 02:42:38
] Sorry, but I don't like the Narnia books. I agree that they are well written, but they are full of some fairly blatant propaganda that IMHO makes them unsuitable for children who might not recognise it.
The problem is that very few writers share our particular views 100% on every social issue under the sun, and if we decide not to like a writer, or even not read a writer at all, because of those discrepancies we're going to have a rather narrow range of choices. After all, consider, Lewis may well be RIGHT about the things you take issue with: a disturbing possibility, no doubt, but one with interesting implications for your refusing to read him to your children. Kipling is difficult to read, at times, precisely because so much of his view - he is, after all, quite racist - is so much at odds with ours. And yet he is a great and very enjoyable writer, with much to say that speaks to us even now. And further, children are more resilient than you think, and you are perhaps disrespectful of their ability to think and question on their own when you "shield" them from thoughts you yourself disagree with.
- Propaganda, Narnia and Kipling Linden 21:16:33 8/06/98 (7)
- Yet more propaganda Art 08:45:51 8/07/98 (6)
- and sometimes a cigar is just a cigar :-) (nfm) Jane 23:18:10 8/07/98 (1)
- But it's always a Smoke (I hope you got the reference) nfm Art 00:05:20 8/08/98 (0)
- Not at all Constanza 11:54:30 8/07/98 (2)
- Once again...... Alexandra 11:06:12 8/07/98 (0)
- I agree..... Alexandra 09:33:44 8/06/98 (1)
- Hey, cool, somebody actually agrees with me... Art 11:01:14 8/06/98 (0)
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