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A Witch In The Wardrobe
A novel by L. D. Wenzel
Witch In The Wardrobe" is a newly completed, unpublished novel seeking
an agent or publisher. It has been edited and contains about
writings of C. S. Lewis are much beloved by most American Evangelicals,
though a vocal minority of fundamentalists see him as a great danger.
This story deals with a violent strife between these two groups,
described in the presentation below.This novel aspires to be a literary work but could be as seen
as a parody on the generic thriller. One might call its farcical
extremes "apocalyptic hyperbole". It includes action and romance,
conversation, literary criticism, and descriptions of the Evangelical
experience today.Read the presentation below. Enjoy.....
A Witch in the Wardrobe
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Shannon Dillon uncovers a secret document in an obscure attic. Her
grandfather recognizes it as a manuscript written by C. S. Lewis, the
great Christian writer. Oddly, the binder is covered with Occult
symbols. Startled, the grandfather calls university experts who promise
to retrieve the papers the next day. The word leaks out, and, within
hours, armed bandits burst into the house to steal the documents.
Things turn sour when an intruder shoots and kills her grandfather and
younger brother. Shannon flees to the cellar and escapes through a
window. The killer and his band take off with the manuscript. Something
in Shannon snaps as she vows revenge.
Shannon grew up in Belfast
as a Catholic and was trained by a Republican militia up to the
1998 Peace Agreement. Her search for the American killer takes her to
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she recruits an evangelical professor of
Romantic literature for her vendetta. Against his better judgment,
thirty-four-year-old Simon Magister is drawn to her by scholarly
curiosity and personal chemistry.While
C. S. Lewis has been dead for nearly fifty years, contrasting legacy
myths collide. Mainstream evangelicals would canonize him as their
first Protestant saint. But enraged fundamentalists demonize the man as
an agent of Satan himself, who, through his magical world of Narnia,
infiltrates Christian homes with the Occult. This results in violence.Meanwhile,
news of the document discovery spreads to opposing parties, and rumors
of its contents abound. The anti-Lewis fundamentalists already believe
C. S. Lewis to have been a practicing Occultist, and the Belfast Papers
would be hard evidence they need to expose Lewis's true identity as a
witch. While evangelical publishers think this to be crazy talk,
their industry would be financially ruined if it were all true. Thus,
before any can read them, they must destroy the documents to preserve
their lucrative cash flow.
Shannon and Simon enter a dark world
where two forces connive for possession of the controversial documents.
They meet foes ready to kill to seize ownership, and Simon and Shannon
narrowly escape death several times as others die in their wake. Shannon shows her militia skills. They
meet an unlikely companion, Bob Wynveen, a naive fundamentalist. Like
David of old, he dares to take down the evil Goliaths in the publishing
industry whose gigantic power and money have employed a clandestine
meta-force called UNIKORN. Through
dialogue with Bob, Simon explores aspects of literary Romanticism and
how the fiction of Lewis can overlap with esoteric Christianity.
Shannon and Simon enter into a romantic relationship, forcing Simon to
deal with repressed sexuality from his evangelical past.
forces converge to a climax at the Holy Hill Shrine near Milwaukee.
Shannon finds her grandfather's killer and takes action. In the end,
the reader hears the stories of all who live and die, as well as the
final fate of the Belfast Documents.
in the Wardrobe is
an over-the-top novel aimed at C. S. Lewis’s vast American
readership. Lewis himself is not
target. The author seeks to provoke by focusing on how American
evangelicalism has hijacked this great writer's legacy into its own
mythology. At times a hyperbolic parody, the action of this thriller
is nuanced with an intelligent depiction of contemporary religious
cultured in America.
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