Last night, we finished reading 'The Last Battle', the final story in the Narnia series. The last time I read this series to my kids, I stopped at 'The Silver Chair', so this was the first time we've read 'The Last Battle' as a family. At the end, all of the star characters meet up in a sort of 'Heaven' (C.S.Lewis wrote many religious books, my favourite being 'The Screwtape Letters') and we were beginning to find it a little tedious. What happened to the story, my children wanted to know?
Chas, who had read the book on his own, said "This book spoiled the whole series for me." He found it moralistic and sad.
When all of the lucky characters are milling and meeting, Max said "Where is Ginger? What about Ginger?"
"Well." I mused, "This is sort of like Heaven, and many religious people think that people get to go to Heaven if they are good, and I suppose Ginger was a bit bad."
"BUT!" Max sat up straight, arms outstretched, "They all FEEL so good when they get there. They forget everything bad. They can be their real good self!"
And THAT led to a lively discussion about forgiveness and our perceptions of wisdom and goodness, I can tell you. What do YOU think?