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Thursday, June 9, 2011

July 14th is Out of the Silent Planet

Out of the Silent Planet is the first volume of what came to be known as C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy. It was first published in 1938. Come out and join us at the Barnes and Noble in Harrisonburg on the second Thursday of each month. In July our meeting will be on the 14th at 7:30 p.m. Our discussion leader will be Peggy.

The story of Out of the Silent Planet represents a "supposal" as Lewis would call it. He was inspired by reading A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay. Of this novel Lewis said, "It showed me what other worlds were for." Suppose there was another world where the intelligent life had not fallen as man did in our world. The story challenges the reader on many levels. Read it and come join us in July.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 9th at Barnes and Noble for Studies In Words Our Book for June

Discussion Questions

Studies in Words

By C.S. Lewis

1. What was Lewis’s purpose in writing Studies in Words?

2. What is the dangerous sense of words, and what makes that sense so dangerous?

3. Why do you think Lewis chose the words he did for this book? If he were writing this book in 2011, would he have chosen the same words, or different words?

4. Lewis writes of the word ‘Simple,” that it is a word that has achieved ‘enormous popularity without acquiring a dangerous sense.’ Do you think this still holds true of the word ‘simple’ in today’s society?

5. According to the last chapter, language supposedly has two limitations: informing us about complex physical shapes and movements, and, unlike music or gesture, doing two things at once. Do you agree with this statement? Lewis also says in this chapter that the most important and effective use of language is emotional. Agree or disagree?

6. Lewis speaks of verbicide, which is the willful distortion of a word from its original meaning. What words can you think have fallen victim to verbicide? How far must a word be distorted to be considered verbicide?

7. Was there a particular chapter, section, or phrase, that you found particularly interesting?

8. What do you think is the purpose of a word?