Thursday, February 05, 2009

More Of My Recent Reads !

UPDATED TO ADD:
an interview with John Granger and information about his books on the Orthodox perspective on Harry Potter can be found here.

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I am probably the last person on the planet who has read "Beedle the Bard" :-)
I did enjoy it, but it really is not a children's book at all, rather displaying some of the darkest undercurrents of the wizarding world and of Dumbledore himself in some of "his" comments and scholarly footnotes. For those of a sensitive disposition, do not read the tale about the Hairy Heart......








The Wee Free Men is a perennial TP children's and adults' classic. I think Tiffany Aching is one of his very best characters, on a par with Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes and Moist von Lipwig.
I was watching the BBC documentary last night following Terry Pratchett in the year following his diagnosis with a rare form of Alzheimer's known as Posterior Cortical Atrophy. I have met him on several occasions, and he is a very erudite, witty and humble man. So many folk are afflicted with varieties of Alzheimer's in particular and dementia in general, yet the Government seems to sweep it all under the carpet in favour of publically supporting/funding/emphasising the "popular" high profile illnesses.
It is good to see TP publically supporting and explaining this disease. I hope he shames the Government into doing something more constructive than wringing its hands and telling bosses they need to be watching their workforce for signs of dementia......





I still don't really know what to make of this book, to be honest. In many ways it is an interesting treasury of background information relating to the themes and issues, myths and legends which underpin the whole of the truly magical world of Narnia, and in this respect it is very useful. For those of us used to reading CS Lewis knowing a fair amount of his beliefs which were so very akin to Orthodoxy, it does rankle to see him described as an inadequate Protestant who doesn't really accept Sola Fidei. The author's theological knowledge of Protestantism seems Calvinistic rather than Lutheran/Anglican/Episcopalian and even the token mention of Catholicism seems rather condescending, IMO. No mention of Orthodox theology of salvation, of course, LOL.
If anyone else has read this book, I would **love** to know what you thought of it.....

I do so hope that someone will one day write an Orthodox understanding of Narnia, as has already been done so well with the Harry Potter series........
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2 comments:

JTKlopcic said...

An Orthodox understanding of Harry Potter? Can you give us a reference, please? Thanks!

Mimi said...

I've not read "Beedle" either.
I have the Granger book in my "to read" pile.