Every once in a while, the Book Fight podcast will revisit some book that meant a lot to us as kids. This, dear listener, is one of those times. Well, sort of: one of us read and treasured this book, along with the other Narnia books, as a child. The other of us somehow missed the fact of this book’s existence, because maybe he grew up underground, raised by mole people? He’s denying it, though that’s exactly what a mole person would do.
The one of us who did read The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe as a child was a bit nervous about revisiting it. What if it wasn’t as good as he remembered? What if the Christian stuff was super heavy-handed and annoying? What if he’d lost his capacity for childlike joy and wonder?
The other of us was mostly just curious. Who was this “Aslan” he’d heard so much about? And were there mole people in the book? He finds books with mole people to be very relatable. Not because he’s a mole person, mind you, or was raised by mole people, but because mole people are interesting, aren’t they? Their trials and tribulations and whatnot. Who wouldn’t want to read about people who live underground and are terrified of sunlight and are possibly the result of an American military experiment gone horribly awry?
Anyway, this isn’t a show about which of us is a mole person and which of us isn’t. This is a show about books, and literature. We hope you enjoy it! If you do, please visit us in the iTunes store, or wherever you get your podcasts, and subscribe (for free) so you never miss another episode. And tell your book-loving friends!
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