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The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson's biography of C. S.

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The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson's biography of C. S. [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2008, 20:58
The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography of C. S. Lewis is impressive and there is much that is acute and well argued. But much in this work is careless and unworthy of its author. Wilson, a novelist and an accomplished biographer, has failed to do what any writer on such a subject as Lewis ought to do, namely work out a coherent view of how the various literary works by the subject are to be described and commented on. Decisions have to be made on what to look at in detail and what to pass by with just a mention. Wilson has not thought this problem out. For instance, Till We Have Faces, Lewis’ treatment of the Eros and Psyche story and one of his best-executed and most moving works, is merely mentioned by Wilson, though it illuminates Lewis’ spiritual development, whereas Lewis’ minor work Pilgrim’s Regress is looked at in considerable detail.
25. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following statements regarding Till We Have Faces?
(A) It is an improvement over the Eros and Psyche story on which it is based.
(B) It illustrated Lewis’ attempt to involve his readers emotionally in the story of Eros and Psyche.
(C) It was more highly regarded by Wilson than by Lewis himself.
(D) It is one of the outstanding literary achievements of Lewis’ career.
(E) It is probably one of the most popular of Lewis’ works.

Ok, I ended up picking up E here, which needless to say is an incorrect answer. Can we have a discussion on this?

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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 03 Jul 2008, 21:36
vdhawan1 wrote:
The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography of C. S. Lewis is impressive and there is much that is acute and well argued. But much in this work is careless and unworthy of its author. Wilson, a novelist and an accomplished biographer, has failed to do what any writer on such a subject as Lewis ought to do, namely work out a coherent view of how the various literary works by the subject are to be described and commented on. Decisions have to be made on what to look at in detail and what to pass by with just a mention. Wilson has not thought this problem out. For instance, Till We Have Faces, Lewis’ treatment of the Eros and Psyche story and one of his best-executed and most moving works, is merely mentioned by Wilson, though it illuminates Lewis’ spiritual development, whereas Lewis’ minor work Pilgrim’s Regress is looked at in considerable detail.
25. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following statements regarding Till We Have Faces?
(A) It is an improvement over the Eros and Psyche story on which it is based.
(B) It illustrated Lewis’ attempt to involve his readers emotionally in the story of Eros and Psyche.
(C) It was more highly regarded by Wilson than by Lewis himself.
(D) It is one of the outstanding literary achievements of Lewis’ career.
(E) It is probably one of the most popular of Lewis’ works.

Ok, I ended up picking up E here, which needless to say is an incorrect answer. Can we have a discussion on this?

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Is it B ?

Till We Have Faces, Lewis’ treatment of the Eros and Psyche story and one of his best-executed and most moving works
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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 01:28
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The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography of C. S. Lewis is impressive and there is much that is acute and well argued. But much in this work is careless and unworthy of its author. Wilson, a novelist and an accomplished biographer, has failed to do what any writer on such a subject as Lewis ought to do, namely work out a coherent view of how the various literary works by the subject are to be described and commented on. Decisions have to be made on what to look at in detail and what to pass by with just a mention. Wilson has not thought this problem out. For instance, Till We Have Faces, Lewis’ treatment of the Eros and Psyche story and one of his best-executed and most moving works, is merely mentioned by Wilson, though it illuminates Lewis’ spiritual development, whereas Lewis’ minor work Pilgrim’s Regress is looked at in considerable detail.
25. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following statements regarding Till We Have Faces?
(A) It is an improvement over the Eros and Psyche story on which it is based.
(B) It illustrated Lewis’ attempt to involve his readers emotionally in the story of Eros and Psyche.
(C) It was more highly regarded by Wilson than by Lewis himself.
(D) It is one of the outstanding literary achievements of Lewis’ career.
(E) It is probably one of the most popular of Lewis’ works.

Ok, I ended up picking up E here, which needless to say is an incorrect answer. Can we have a discussion on this?

Source :- 1000 RC


Is it B ?

Till We Have Faces, Lewis’ treatment of the Eros and Psyche story and one of his best-executed and most moving works


I m sorry the correct answer is not B. Please try again.

Thanks for trying though. To be honest i am a lil surprised that there are not a lot of takers for these RC questions
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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 02:23
IMO D. as the author disagrees with Wilson's opinion expressing his disagreement quoting "best-executed and most moving, works....". Thus the it is most probable that the author considers it as the most important of Lewis's works. :-D
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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 03:49
I am choosing D here. This statement is supported by the part in the paragraph where the author considers that novel to be 'one of his best-executed and most moving works'.

Furthermore, it is the only option that has support in the stem. E does not, because we cannot conclude based on the stem alone that that particular novel was popular or not.
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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 09:07
Decisions have to be made on what to look at in detail and what to pass by with just a mention. Wilson has not thought this problem out.

Till We Have Faces -Lewis’ treatment of the Eros and Psyche story and one of his best-executed and most moving works, is merely mentioned by Wilson, though it illuminates Lewis’ spiritual development, whereas Lewis’ minor work Pilgrim’s Regress is looked at in considerable detail.
25. The author of the passage would be most likely to agree with which of the following statements regarding Till We Have Faces?
>>>The author says "Till We Have Faces" needs more coverage in Wilson's book than "Pilgrim’s Regress" because "Till We Have Faces" is Lewis' best work

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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 04 Jul 2008, 22:28
OA is D guys

thanks for u r contribution
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Re: RC :- The sweep of narrative in A. N. Wilson’s biography [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2008, 17:12
Good that we are discussing RC here at GC.

I was between D & E and picked D. E was very enticing because it used similar words such as works and is more generic in nature. But the passage does not mention anything about popularity, Our common sense might send good work is generally popular but thats probably getting stuff out of the context.

Why is the passage so small?
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