Monday, July 19, 2004

The Beauty of the Beasts

I'm continuing Lewis this week, which is actually good for my schedule.  I have many reviews due at the end of the month.  I keep saying August will be better, but it's starting to fill up too.  Oh, well.  By September many of my friends will be back to college or whatnot, so I'll have lots of lonely hours to fill.  Not that I really have a social life anyway.
Talking animals have been around since Balaam's donkey, and they peopled Lewis' early stories as well.  Aslan is in a league by Himself.  Lewis does an excellent job of making Him truly a lion and truly God.
Reepicheep is one of my favorite animal characters.  His valor mixed with his tinyness make him humorous and unforgettable.  Jewel is also a favorite.
I love cats, so it was disappointing to have Ginger as one of the bad guys.  But with Lewis' love of mice, what can you expect?  At least Aslan as a cat comforts Shasta among the Tombs of the Ancient Kings.
Who is your favorite animal in the Chronicles?  Why?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for covering C.S. Lewis. I LOVED the Narnia books when I was a kid. It's about time I picked them up again! I'm wracking my brain to remember some of my favorite animals. Here are a few: The Owls in Prince Caspian. Puzzle, the donkey. And I really do have a fondness for Mr. and Mrs. Beaver (Especially their portrayal in the BBC movie.)


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