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did not like it
A dismayingly poor conclusion to the series… I honestly don’t understand why a fair number of people apparently like it. (I believe it even won some kind of award). The writing is flat and uninspired compared to the earlier volumes, and the preaching has completely taken over the narrative. Oddly enough, a lot of it also comes across as extremely immoral. Let’s not even get into the question of whether the treatment of the Calormenes and their god Tash is racist or bigoted. The thing that real
[Update, Oct 2014]
The following passage from Knausgård’s Min kamp 6, which I read yesterday, expresses the point I wished to make rather better than I did (my translation):
Grace removes all distinctions, in grace we are all equal. The radicality of this idea is so great that we can hardly grasp it. But it is this, and nothing else, that Christianity is about. There are no differences between people. The worst person is worth just as much as the best. Jesus said: if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek. He is a person like you, he is you. It is an inhuman thought, because it is thought outside our social structures. It is indeed a godlike thought. Adolf Hitler has just as much worth as the Jews he gassed to death. It dissolves our identities, they have been created by difference, and that is what makes Christianity unrealisable, we cannot think ourselves away, it is too much to lose, it is all we have.
[Update, Aug 2017]
If I understand him correctly, Donald Trump is saying the same thing in his already-famous ‘many sides’ speech. No one is worth more than anyone else, Trump apparently wants to tell us. The neo-nazi who drives his car into the crowd of protesters is worth just as much as the woman he kills, because we are all children of God. But as Knausgård notes, this is a difficult idea for mortals to comprehend. And to be honest, I believe Trump could also have phrased it better.
When I used to read the Chronicles as a kid, I would usually stop at Dawn Treader or Silver Chair. Now I realise that as a kid I was a lot smarter than I gave myself credit for, for “The Last Battle” is an absolute shocker of a book. It is racist, sexist, fundamentalist rhetoric disguised as children’s literature.
Those ‘darkies’ (yes, that’s how they’re referred to in the book, along with stinking of ‘onions and garlic’) are invading Narnia again, at the guidance of a monkey (groan for obvious r