Let Me Share a Treasure With You

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Andrews confers with a Mongol camel-rider

I think it’s safe to say I couldn’t begin to write the kind of fantasies I write if I’d never read Roy Chapman Andrews’ non-fiction accounts of his scientific expeditions to the Gobi Desert. He led the great Central Asiatic Expedition for the American Museum of Natural History, into a country passed over by many of the currents of history–a country so wild, so exotic, that it might as well have been a fantasy world, like Middle-Earth or Narnia.

To see what I’m getting at, visit the Roy Chapman Andrews Society website ( https://roychapmanandrewssociety.org/ ), scroll down quite a ways, and then watch some videos of original film footage from the expedition. The video in the middle of the page is especially haunting, with a gorgeous piece of music attached–The Gael by Trevor Jones, part of the soundtrack of The Last of the Mohicans. Maybe I’m some kind of nut, but this video brings me close to tears.

Because it’s a lost world, sights that no one will ever see again, a world unto itself, with no Starbuck’s, no MacDonald’s, no transgender bathrooms, none of the dismal plock we have to hack our way through every day.

It makes me homesick for the world of my own fantasy novels: somehow these videos get me to thinking I can go there–to Lintum Forest, to Roshay Bault’s house in Ninneburky, to the Abnak camps among the foothills. All fantasy, of course.

But God has given us imagination for a reason; and I think the reason is to keep us sane.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

11 responses to “Let Me Share a Treasure With You

  • UnKnowable

    I think you hit it on the head, in many ways.

    There are things going on in our world that offend the sensibilities of anyone with even a shred of decency and it wears on us. That’s the point; this is psychological warfare and it’s being played out by a master of deception and propaganda, Satan himself.

    I visit Lintum Forest as a way to get away from it all. I watch DVDs of sixties and seventies TV shows, because I can visit the lost world of decency and goodness. I eschew modern entertainment, because this world so wholly has given itself over to degeneracy.

    The corruption around us is very real, but it’s also very temporary. When that change takes place, Lee won’t have to write fantasy anymore, non-fiction will be beautiful. Maybe, at that time, Lee will be able to write travel pieces.

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  • UnKnowable

    Me too! If there is one theme throughout what I’ve read of the series, that theme would be absolute, unshakable faith. That may sound trite, but in Hebrews 11 Paul took the time to write about the triumphs of faith and in verse 2 he said: For by it the men of old gained approval.

    We are saved by our faith in Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. It’s a very important subject.


    • Linda Sorci

      Amen! to all you’ve said, Unknowable. And yes, Lee’s Bell Mountain Series is indeed a blessing. Not only for affording us a godly escape from the madness of today’s world, but for bringing a godly world TO the madness that is today’s world!

      And Lee – what seems to be the holdup with ‘The Throne’? Have the publishers gone on vacation? I’m sure you’re a frustrated as those of us waiting to read it.


      • leeduigon

        Last week I was told “in a few days, we’re just waiting for the e-book to be ready, too.” *sigh* It’s been so long since I wrote it, I don’t remember what I wrote.


        • UnKnowable

          Keep ’em coming, Lee. Your books are much loved and appreciated.

          I read a lot of Kindle books and can tell you that the quality of e-books varies greatly. The Bell Mountain Kindle versions are well formatted and, once again, that is greatly appreciated.


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