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January 15, 2006



I enjoyed reading this. I re-lived the movie through your eyes. I've never read any of the Narnia Chronicles when I was little. For some reason I didn't like fairy tales. But I'm going to get the colour illustrated version of the collection to read with my kids now. Plus, I get to re-inforce the Christian message that Lewis was trying to tell in this story :)


You know, Erin, I was one of those kids who read these books literally dozens of times, and the religious allegory (wh. Lewis denied to the end of his days) went right over my head. I can see it now, now that it's been pointed out to me, as it were, but for many years -- and I think still now -- it's a really fantastic adventure.


Hi, re: the aran (gorgeous!) I would personally block after I had knitted it all - that way the blocking smooths out all sorts of things that you then realise were non-issues in the first place. Sometimes blocking part of something makes all the unblocked look worse than it is by comaprison. So my opinion for what it is worth, either block everything when you are all done or never block it at all. Good luck - Elizabeth Zimmerman can leave you to fend for yourself at times but the results are always good (at least for me).
cheers, J


I really enjoyed reading your long commentary on the film. I had never read the books myself as a child, but two years ago read the whole seven to my children, one chapter a night.

Interesting about Susan being the practical, motherly type of figure. We are now working our way through the Swallows and Amazons books (which I have read numerous times and adored) and there is a character in these books, also called Susan, who is the practical one, the one who cooks and enforces bedtimes and ensures they all stay safe on their adventures. What is it about the name Susan and male authors from the middle of last century?

Also, I too was in tears at the evacuation scene. My mother and her sister, aged 6 and 7 respectively, were evacuated from London during the war, and seeing it enacted on the big screen was heartbreaking. Especially being a mother of a 6 year old myself. Can you imagine!!

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  • “Compassion is not religious business, it is human business; it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability; it is essential for human survival.”

    -- The Dalai Lama

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