May 10, 2006

Audible Narnia

Posted by Scott at 10:05 PM

Magician's NephewIt's getting late so I can't write much but I wanted to highlight a few things.

Audiobook - Yesterday I purchased the seven book set of Chronicles of Narnia in audiobook format from iTunes/Audible (iTMS link). Today I finished the first book, The Magicians Nephew. As I explained to Claire, it's the 'pre-quel' to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe which hit the movie screens this past year. I didn't think much of the Narnia series back when I was in grade school but find more to them now that I've had more time studying Catholic theology. My favorite humorous quote from the book:

“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”

It brought a smile to my face as I was driving to work this morning. It was said in the context of why Uncle Andrew could not hear the animals talking:

'I must have imagined it. I've been lettin my nerves get out of order. Who ever heard of a lion singing?' And the longer and more beautifully the Lion sang, the harder Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring. Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

According to some, this is also Lewis' explanation to why not everybody believes in God. With false reason, humans conclude that that the divine is impossible, and therefore they are blind to it. Hmmmm…

Piano - I picked Claire up from piano lessons tonight. It only reinforced my need to get off my duff and practice my portion of the duet we'd like to play together for the recital next month. Claire played the duet with her teacher doing the bass portion and it really sounded nice.

Abigail - Tomorrow night I'll take Timothy and perhaps Claire to see Abby's class perform it's annual music recital. Claire had hers a few months ago. Now it's Abby's turn. I expect that there might be some ice cream involved afterwards… Oh! Twist my arm!