(urth) Gollancz list

David Duffy davidD at qimr.edu.au
Mon Aug 8 14:17:16 PDT 2011

On Mon, 8 Aug 2011, James Wynn wrote:

> Interesting. I found _Perelandra_ much more preachy than _That Hideous 
> Strength_ -- one metaphor after another. And for that reason found it tedious 
> to work through (even though a couple of the lessons are pretty good ones).

The secret is willing suspension of one's allegory detection sense. 
Wasn't it Tolkein who said "when I see an allegory, I reach for my 
revolver"?  I quite enjoyed _Pilgrim's Progress_ (when younger) via this 
method, and it helps to maintain the magic in some of James Branch Cabell. 
After all, I work quite close to Fortitude Valley, but have long since 
worn away any meaning in the name.

Cheers, David Duffy.

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