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Friday, January 12, 2018

     

    This is possibly the most rich in depth Narnia book. With every read there is something new to be gleaned. The Silver Chair has characters who you know in your own sphere. All of us have run into or perhaps been taken captive by a Lady of The Green Kirtle. We've all put a bold face on it like Puddleglum, or wrestled with pride like Jill.
Come for a brilliant conversation and friendship, Thursday, February 8th 7:20 p.m. 2018  Led by Hannah Wills.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Frankenstein Discussion Questions for Thursday January 11th 2018 Barnes and Noble 
Daniel Hamby
1: How would you describe Victor Frankenstein?


2: How would you describe his friends and family? What do you think they mean to him?


3: How would you describe the monster? Do you see him as willfully evil or a product of circumstance? Or does your view fall somewhere in the middle of these two options?


4: Why do you think Shelly deiced to have Victor tell the tale to another man on the arctic? Does this other man represent the audience?


5: Do you think Shelly draws parallels between Victor and God? If so what are they?


6: Do you think Shelly draws parallels between the monster and Lucifer? If so what are they?


7: What do you think compelled Shelly to make Victor Frankenstein suffer so much throughout this novel?


8: Do you see this book as a critique of enlightenment era thinking or as a praise of it? Or do you see it as doing both critiquing and praising of this type of thought?


9: How do you think this novel inspired future Science Fiction and Horror Stories? What do you think of its combination of Science Fiction, Horror, Tragedy?


Monday, December 25, 2017








As some of you know as it was on the Facebook group page, we have moved The Man Born To Be King to March 8th during Lent, as is traditional for our group we will not be doing a book study in December but having a Christmas party/meet.
At our Christmas meet this list was decided on for 2018.
Frankenstein- Mary Shelly January 11th Number one our thrice a year not Lewis book. Led by Daniel Hamby
The Silver Chair- C. S. Lewis,  February 8th, Led by Hannah Wills
The Man Born To Be King  - Dorothy Sayers, March 8th, Led by Hannah Wills
The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis, April 12th, Led by to be announced
Surprised By Joy -  C. S. Lewis (autobiography), May 10th
Spirits In Bondage - C. S. Lewis, June 14th
The Pilgrims Regress - C. S. Lewis, July 9th
The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis- C.S. Lewis, August 9th (about thirty letters, to be announced which ones)
Pride And Prejudiced - Jane Austin, September 14th
Sir Gibbie - George MacDonald, October 11th
Reflections On The Psalms- C.S. Lewis, November 8th
Christmas Party/ Meet December date TBA

Looking forward to 2019 Jack biography by George Sayer, some Chesterton, Robert Falconer by George MacDonald, Are Women Human by Dorothy Sayers, some Charles Williams, some Tolkien.
 
   

Friday, December 8, 2017

"There is no other word but magnificent for this play drawn from the Gospels. Sayers' interpretation of the characters is simply brilliant. Her Jesus can bring tears to your eyes. You will be deeply moved-a powerful experience"~Sheldon Vanauken
Certainly on of the best works I have ever read. Come on Thursday December 14th 7:20 pm Barnes & Noble. 
Be blessed by this writer who inspired C.S. Lewis.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Man Born to be King                                      * not certain of the writer 
Dorothy Sayers

The Man Born to be King is a radio drama based on the life of Jesus, produced and broadcast by the BCC during the second world war. It is a play cycle consisting of twelve plays depicting specific periods of Jesus' life, from the events surrounding his birth to his death and resurrection. It was first broadcast by the BCC Home Service on Sunday evenings, beginning on December 21, 1941, with new episode broadcasts at four-week intervals, ending on October 18, 1942.

The Project aroused a storm of controversy, even before it was broadcast.
Objections arouse to the very idea- atheists complained of Christian propaganda, while devout Christians declared that the BBC would be committing blasphemy by allowing the Christ to be impersonated by a human actor- and also to Sayers' approach to the material. Sayers, who felt that the inherent drama of the Gospel story had become muffled by familiarity and a general failure to think of it's characters as real people, was determined to give the plays dramatic immediacy, featuring realistic, identifiable characters with human emotions and motivations. (And speech-patterns. The decision to have the characters speak in contemporary colloquial English was, by itself, the cause of much disquiet among those more used to hearing Jesus and his followers speaking in the polished and formal words of the King James Bible.) In the event, although it continued to be criticised by conservative Christians- one group going so far as to proclaim the fall of Singapore in February 1942 to be a sign of God's displeasure with the series- The Man Born to be King was generally considered a great success, both as a drama and as biblical representation.

     1.  In another work, Dorothy Sayers says of the practice of Christianity that "the dogma is the drama," meaning that those hidebound words all children must memorize are among the most mindbending concepts around- the virgin birth, the incarnation of God, the resurrection of Jesus, etc. In The Man Born to be King, Sayers presents a very  undogmatic dramatization of the life of Jesus Christ, with Jesus as a very casually-spoken young man with a distinct sense of humor. Are these antithetical pronouncements?  Where is the dogma in The Man Born to be King?


2. Faith in Jesus and what he preaches are, in this work, very much bound to actual perception of  Jesus in action- witness Benjamin in "A Certain Nobleman" and Proclus in "The Heirs of the Kingdom." Does this portrayal of the life of Jesus weaken the ability to have faith when Jesus is not around? Why would the other characters in this work continue to have faith after Jesus is dead, and why would those who never met him and were born after his death have faith in this Jesus?

3. The portrayal of Judas in this work is somewhat more sympathetic than the widely-held perception of Judas.  Should Judas as portrayed in this work be condemned?  Is he to some degree admirable or sympathetic?  How does that change the dogma that is the drama?

4. What do you think of Jesus' take on the Old Testament, as set forth in "The Heirs to the Kingdom"?  Is it a logical extension, e.g. from "thou shall do no murder" to "never hate anybody-for hatred is what leads to murder"?  Is it repudiation, e.g. "an eye for an eye" rejected for "take no revenge at all"?  Is Dorothy Sayers rejecting the Old Testament with this speech?  Is she commenting upon and perhaps seeking the root of the old laws?

5.  The attitude displayed by contemporaries in this work toward Jesus' miracles is one of gossip and mundane interests, e.g. with the commentary on Lazarus' rising from the dead in "Royal Progress" taking the form of dinner table gossip and the comment that "if only this miracle was properly advertised..." Is this attitude present today? Is it contemptible?  A way to deal with the incomprehensible?   Does it lessen the drama or make it more accessible to have the dogma discussed in such common terms? 

6. What do you think of the character notes set forth in each play?  Does it help your understanding of the characters or interfere with it?  How does it play into the actual biblical portrayal of these events- does it change your thinking of Peter's denial of Jesus to read his character notes in "The King's Supper?"

7. Why does Jesus make an effort to save Judas from himself if in fact he knows that Judas will betray him?

8. These plays were broadcast in the middle of World War II, after the demise of appeasement as a strategy and the beginning of Churchill's regime of blood, sweat, toil and tears.  How do you think that affected the people hearing the play, hearing about Jesus for really the first time speaking in the vernacular?  How do you think the war and the tensions leading up to the war affected Dorothy Sayers' writing?

9. Why do you think C.S. Lewis encouraged Dorothy Sayers to write this work, and why did he read it every year on Easter? 


                                                      Our read for Thursday December 14th. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

                             Our discussion for Thursday November 9th, 7:20 p.m. Barnes and Noble.

Discussion Questions 
1. If the theme of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is redemption accomplished, and the theme of Prince Caspian is faith in an age of doubt, what do you think is the theme of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? Why do you think so?


2. Why do you suppose Lewis has the action in this story take place largely on a small sailing vessel? What is the significance of the name of the ship?


3. Who do you think is the main character in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? Why? What does this character teach us? 


4. What do you think the children’s enslavement on The Lone Islands is an image of? Why? 


5. What do you think Eustace turning into a dragon is symbolic of? What about Eustace’s attempts to remove his dragon flesh? And Aslan turning Eustace into a boy again? What message do you think Lewis is trying to convey through this part of the story? 


6. What does the incident at Deathwater give us a picture of? What does the great and ancient book which Lucy found in the house of the old magician remind you of? Why? 


7. In the chapter on “The Three Sleepers” what do you think the banquet table is symbolic of? Do the crimson cloth and the stone knife give you any clues? What is the significance of the fact that some people have fallen asleep at this table? Whose attitude toward the table do you think Lewis would want us to emulate? Why?


8. What is the biblical parallel to the Lamb’s fish breakfast at the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader? Why do you suppose Lewis has the children meet a lamb who, a few moments later, turns into Aslan? What do you think the Lamb means when he says that there is a way into Aslan’s country from all the worlds? 


9. At the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Aslan tells the children that in their world he has another name. “You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” What do you think Aslan’s other name is in our world? What does this statement from the lips of Aslan tell us about Lewis’ pufrpose in writing The Chronicles of Narnia?

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