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- Print Length: 61 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Castalia House (September 1, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00N9760GO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would be remiss to call this "message fiction", as Wright and his fellows hate that sort of writing, but perhaps insight fiction. Wright has pared his tale down to those moments where we see a grownup reclaim his childhood fantasy and become, in the integration within himself of those fantasies and the glory and beauty they radiate, become a man. Along the way one sees the pitfalls, the loss of one's fantasy to the humdrum of life and of mammon, the corruption as one seeks the power of childhood by the sin of one's adulthood, and even the fear of living out what one is afraid to lose or perhaps has already lost.
A phenomenal little work. Don't read it looking for a message (though there are many). Neither read it for the worldbuilding (Wright leaves that to the infinity of a child's imagination). Read it to bring your own childhood loves back to life and to become the Wise Old Man, always feeling too young for the task given him.
There are several places where the symbolism is at odds with Christian thought. There are Christian-like theme of faith, redemption, and hope, but they are distinctly flavored with pagan stoicism, reincarnation and fatalism. The resulting amalgamation leads to a beautiful and evocative tale with a distinctive mythological voice.
Wright's prose is sophisticated, challenging, yet also engrossing and deeply engaging. This story of adults who are forced to once again confront the evil they faced as children in a Narnia-like setting is no exception. Themes of aging, loss of innocence, selling out and rising up fill this short work. Are adults inherently forced to abandon the innocence and hope of youth? Do adult responsibilities require the sacrifice of dreams? Do they make the acceptance of evil easier to rationalize? These are some of the questions raised in this work.
I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars because it was over too soon. Wright could have made it longer and delved into some of the characters and themes more deeply without sacrificing the power of the story.
I liked this book. The ending moved me, and I spent a good part of an afternoon thinking about the next step. However, if you didn't read Narnia, The Chronicles of Prydain, or the Dark is Rising, some of the points will be missed. The first time through, I missed a few references.
Still, I can't give the book five stars. It seemed to need more fleshing out, more detail, about the four and their adult lives. Why did Richard go evil? Did Sally marry a "marked" man?
Also, if you didn't read the books, and don't have a reference system similar to the original authors (Christian) some of the symbolism will be lost.
Overall, I enjoyed it. Yes, this is fan fiction. But it is fan fiction done by a master.
As Tommy wrestles not with flesh and blood, the child-like wonder of not-quite-Narnia is tempered with melancholy and wisdom. Yet while Tommy and England itself are besieged by a hundred Grimtongues, Wright maintains the purity of a child's belief while grasping with the adult cares of the world.
Read, no, buy this, if you want fantasy that grapples with the Higher Things without falling into the hopelessness that modern fantasy often embraces.
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