Friday, December 16, 2005

Flashes from the Past:"He dubbed one school a concentration camp and hated all of them..."

He read voraciously and made up an imaginary world inhabited by talking animals dressed up as humans. He took to writing, because of a disability in his hands (his thumbs couldn't bend) prevented him from playing the "usual boy things." His recollections of school were unpleasant: "The bare brick passages echoed to the continual trap of feet, punctuated with wild cat calls, scrimmages, gusty laughter. I was always 'moving on' or 'hanging about'. It was like living permanently in a railway station."

Who was this?

This was C.S. Lewis, wonderful writer and theologian, and creator of Narnia and much more. As a family, we just finished reading Narnia aloud and saw the movie. It's beautiful. Hurray for CGI - it's nice to have a technology that can approach the pictures we can make in our heads. The Narnia movie is fine to see with children; the scary scenes and battles are less intense than seen in the Lord of the Rings movies, and if the children know the book, they also know all will be fine at the end.

C.S. Lewis' ideas for stories originated in strong isolated images:

"At first they were not a story, just pictures. The Lion all began with a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself: 'Let's try to make a story about it."

BBC- CS Lewis
C.S. Lewis Bio
Narnia Educator Guide
Kid Brain Break: Narnia Game at Yahoo

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