Wednesday, March 27, 2019

#1000



For post #1000 I share this lecture (#1000 numbered posts, there are more than 1000 posts, some were not numbered, such as a "Merry Christmas" or a "Happy Easter" post).  My love for Ray Bradbury can be found in previous posts on this blog.  We read 451 as a summer read a few years ago.  This lecture ties Lewis and Bradbury together better than I have.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

#999

Next meeting: Monday, April 29th - 6:30pm in the Conference Room at the Library.  We will be discussing The Silver Chair.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

#998

Tomorrow we will discuss our voyage with Caspian, Reep, Lucy, Edmund, the poor dragon pictured above, and all the other characters we encountered in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.  6:30pm in the Children's Programming Room at the library.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

#997


In preparation for our discussion of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader next week I went through The Voyage of Saint Brendan again.  Again, looking at this ancient story in relation to Narnia is not my expertise at work.  See Post #659 for more information and a picture of a nice St. Brendan statue.  However, in case I am the first, I herein take credit for this find:

In chapter 21: The Clear Sea, I read this tonight:

"It happened on one occasion that as Brendan was celebrating the feast of Saint Peter the Apostle in his boat, they found the sea so clear that they could see whatever was underneath them.  When they looked into the deep they saw the different kinds of fish lying on the sand below.  It even seemed to them that they could touch them with their hands, so clear was that sea.  They were like herds lying in pastures."

In chapter 16 of our story "Lucy saw a large shoal of fishes" and she describes them as a flock of sheep and she sees a girl that "must be a shepherdess - or perhaps a fish-herdess - and that the shoal was really a flock at pasture."  The water is also described as being extremely clear.

I am sure I am not the first to see this connection, but coming across it tonight was a nice moment.  I had to work at it, Lewis, most likely, just started writing and these allusions just flowed from his pen.



Saturday, March 16, 2019

#995


“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

This is the opening line to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, our March book.

The American Book Review ranked this #47 from the 100 Best First Lines from Novels.

#1045

The Christmas season, for me, usually means my annual trip to the movie theater.  I average about one trip a year and as far as I can r...