I mostly loved The Screwtape Letters and Narnia, which I read as an adult, adored Till We Have Faces ( my favorite Lewis work), was moved by his book A Grief Observed and found Mere Christianity and the nex two books in thi Space Trilogy interesting.
That 's very much a line that is continued in That Hideous Strength, but neithe is n't what caused me to put he ook down deciding not to torture myself further.
And as an American and ( small " r " and " d ") republican and democrat I bristle at Lewis' evident fondness for the whole class system from how you address servants to the belief in the curtsy as an essential social skill to the dream of monarchy -- and what may seem quaint in that respect in Narnia just seemed at its most noisome here.
The contempt heaped on " emancipated women, " characters like Hardcastle that seem to signal that just being in an nontraditional profession for a woman means you 're perverted and a fascist.
Here 's two quotes: She said at last, " I suppose our marriage was just a mistake. " The Director said nothing. " What would you- what would the people you are talking of- say about a case like that? " " I can tell you if you actuall want to say, " said the Director. " Please, " said Jane reluctantly. " They would say, " he answered, " that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience. " And ... Jane said, " I neve thought it was in their souls that people were equal. " " You were mistaken, " he said gravely.
Do you ot know how bashful friendship is?
.. " " I hought, " said Jane and stopped. " I see, " said the Director.
And yes, there were things I liked that make me wish I could endur this novel better.
I adored how Lewis was working in the Arthurian theme into a story set in mid-twentieth century England.
And as I love the Arthurian genre, that was to obviousl a highlight and it took a lot to finally break me away from that.