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Darn. I meant to read these books next and then I forgot and now I'm in the middle of something and will probably forget again.


When I was reading the Williams quote, it made me think of Brideshead, too--not that specific passage, but the whole feel of it.


Yes, it's definitely reminiscent.

War Eagle!


Who did the Trolls beat?


They never beat anybody.

I may not read War in Heaven, mostly because of the magical stuff (a really limiting handicap for a reader!), but since Project Gutenberg Australia has the full book online (http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0601451.txt), I took a peek and found this absolutely perfect first paragraph: "The telephone bell was ringing wildly, but without result, since there was no-one in the room but the corpse." That may just get me to the library to look for a hard copy.

That comparison with the passage in Brideshead made me wonder what Williams and the other Inklings thought of Waugh, and vice versa. Anyone have any idea?

As it happens, there's a piece in a recent issue of Touchstone about Lewis's opinion of Brideshead. I had made a note to mention it in next Sunday's journal, actually. He pretty much hated it. The piece is online:


Yes, that is a wonderful opening line (War In Heaven). It was used as a sort of intro to something I read long ago about Williams's fiction. You can see from that why this book at least has a detective-fiction element.

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