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review 2017-06-30 18:02
"The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I: Family Letters 1905-1931" Edited by Walter Hooper
The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 1: Family Letters, 1905-1931 - Walter Hooper,C.S. Lewis

Sometimes I'm afraid that if I learn too much about C.S. Lewis, I won't like him so much anymore. That fear has yet to be realized. So far, the more I learn about him, the more I love him. He wasn't perfect, of course, and I wouldn't recommend these books to anyone who's not already a big fan, but I loved learning more of his personality through his own writing and seeing how he developed over the years. It's definitely important to keep in mind that he wasn't the famous author so many people admire when these letters were written. He wasn't even a Christian until the very end of this book.

I was also super excited to see my name (twice!) in one of his letters. And it's actually not unlikely that he wrote my name other times as well because of his interest in Greek mythology. I was able to go to the Wade Center in Wheaton, Illinois and see the actual letter in which he wrote my name. It was glorious. I had to work so hard to keep my fangirling inside my head that day... XD

My one complaint is this: Editor Walter Hooper says in the preface that he left out several letters (technically he says "a few", but he estimated it to be 5% and I'm pretty sure 5% of 977 pages of letters is more than "a few"), which bothers me. I want to read those letters too!!

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review 2017-06-13 17:41
Lovely if a bit heavy handed
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

This was a lovely read. A great opening line, lots of magic and adventure, and Reepicheep, a character that has shot to my favorites list.

 

I have issues with the fact that Aslan was mixed up with turning around every bad habit or decision, because it says redemption or improvement is impossible without religion to me. I like the concept of free will, and I like to think we can pick the right path without constant divine nudges, so a start docked for the heavy handedness.

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text 2017-06-13 16:00
Reading progress update: I've read 220 out of 256 pages.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

“My owns plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world in some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise and Peepiceek will be head of the talking mice in Narnia.”

 

 

I love this mouse, and his bigger than a lion's heart.

 

Life intruded on my reading, but I'm close to finishing now and it's a beauty.

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text 2017-06-11 14:55
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 256 pages.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

This so infuriated Reepicheep that in the end the number of things he thought of saying all at once nearly suffocated him and he became silent.

 

I hate when that happens to me. Like when your throat closes with tears from sheer anger.

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text 2017-06-11 03:33
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 256 pages.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis,Pauline Baynes

THERE was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

 

That's a first line for the memorable list.

Also, it sounds positively Dahl-ish.

 

*burrows happy on couch* I think this will be a one-sitting kind of book.

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