Old and New

My  children grew up with the Narnia books of C.S. Lewis. I was  reading an anthology of his writings today (‘The Business of Heaven’, edited by Walter Hooper, Fount Paperbacks, 1984) which gives day-by-day extracts from his works.  I found the entry for December 31.

It comes from ‘The Last Battle’, the final book in the Narnia series and ends:  ‘… for us this is the end of all our stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.’

It is from Chapter 16 of the book. We have a hardback copy of ‘The Last Battle’, still with its bookjacket. On its flyleaf Mrs Llew has written her (maiden) name – when she was 21 -and  the Oxford term and year of purchase: Hilary 59

The book has the marks of age, but not so old as its message. Or as new.

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2 Responses to Old and New

  1. Pooka says:

    Makes me impatient for the Beginning Chapter of the Real Story. And at the same time a bit wistful, or hopeful that someday my odd notes in some of my books will end up discovered after the dust is blown off. And maybe I’ll be remembered this way.

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