I first read C.S. Lewis just after I arrived in the United States as a nine-year-old girl. Born in Iraq, I was still learning English when I first read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and it captured my attention and my imagination.
Life moved on, I settled into this country, I became an adult, and I later read other non-fiction and philosophical books by Lewis. But what breaks me — even to this day — are a few pages in his fiction book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
A Rotten Boy
In those pages, C.S. Lewis offers us a powerfully personal image of regeneration.
The scene starts with Eustace, a rotten boy, who has found himself in possession of a large fortune. He imagines the life…