Barely a Book Club

Teetering on the edge of a normal book club

Barely a Book Club Lives Up to Name February 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — antof9 @ 9:08 pm

By popular demand we will be taking one week breaks between all our books. But before I get ahead of myself…last week at the BBC.

 – Some were disappointed in the ending of the book. But one person brought up the fact that it is just Lewis’ interpretation of heaven/hell/purgatory and that seemed to make the ending a little better.
 – We discussed the symbolism of the lizard and through an extensive 30 second search lizards represent conservation, agility, and dreaming. Which doesn’t really fit. Does anyone else have any thoughts on the symbolism of the lizard?
 – It’s interesting to consider who was the intended audience for this book. Lewis was teaching at the time so was it for his students who might be confused about religion? Was it for the non-religous or religous? What kind of person would be most impacted by this book?

This week whoever wants to can meet up at the House of Commons. Kelly made reservations so we WILL have a spot. We are only talking about books if it’s absolutely necessary. Hope everyone has a great week and I hope to see you there.


8 Responses to “Barely a Book Club Lives Up to Name”

  1. Antof9 Says:

    I finally did the research I promised — “Great Divorce” was first published in 1945. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in 1950. Which blows my theory out of the water. Oh well, it’s still interesting.

    I have nothing intelligent to add on the lizard. I didn’t get him, anyway.

  2. Inspector Love Says:

    If I remember correctly, the lizard was on the ghost’s shoulder and kept whispering in his ear, right? Instead of lizard, I thought reptile- cold-blooded, also more snakelike. I could be way off, but I thought of temptation- the reptile was seducing him. Either sex or drugs. Regardless of what the lizard is offering him, he is addicted to it…

  3. Inspector Love Says:

    Probably lust because eventually, the man masters it and the lizard turns into a stud.

  4. theprof Says:

    IL is probably right, but i couldn’t help laughing. i mean how prosaic can Lewis be?

  5. Antof9 Says:

    good points, IL. That actually makes a lot of sense.

  6. Antof9 Says:

    Is there a new entry for book suggestions? I think we all agree that some of our best discussions were over “Wicked” (and “Glass Bead Game”, but I’m not looking for another of those in a hurry), and “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister” and “Son of a Witch” have both come up multiple times. Can we add one of them to the list? Do they need to be read in order?

  7. cobookclub Says:

    I really liked Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister but part of our great discussions centered on good versus evil. I suggest we read Son a Witch, though I would still say that everone should read CoaUS and you can even borrow my copy.

  8. Antof9 Says:

    I have a copy of CoaUS too — I’ll read it in the next month or so and it’s up for grabs as well.

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