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Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    Everything the other reviewers said about this book is true. I enjoyed every minute of reading it and learned a lot. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2005

    A surprisingly fascinating book!

    Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is remembered for two things - his great works of Christian theology (Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and many more) and his Chronicles of Narnia books. Now, many books have been published on the theology of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (TLWW), but this book looks at TLWW as a work of literature. Going through TLWW chapter by chapter, and indeed section by section, Dr. Devin G. Brown (professor of English at Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky), gives the reader a fascinating commentary on what is happening and what it means. I must say that this is a surprisingly fascinating book! The author begins with the dedication at the beginning of TLWW, and goes through the entirety of the book, explaining and clarifying just about everything. Now, don't get the idea that this book is a dry academic work. In fact, the author does an excellent job of hold the reader's interest. If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, then this is the book for you. It provides the reader with a deep understanding of this seemingly simple Christian classic, telling you things you never would have guessed. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    Inside Narnia: Great teaching tool, or fun read

    I am an English teacher and with all of the excitement that readers feel over Narnia with the quick approach of the Narnia movies, I took a chance and decided to start a Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book club for interested students. I was quite nervous becuase I didn't feel that I had enough knowledge on the books, but after reading Inside Narnia, I feel much more prepared, and much more 'Inside Narnia' myself. The book is a great tool if you want to teach the Lewis' novel. Brown's book is layed out chapter by chapter for easy reference and contains valuable connections to Lewis' other works (including page numbers in the other works!). Having attended Asbury College, I have had the chance to hear Dr. Brown speak on occasion about C.S. Lewis and greatly anticipated this book. His love for Lewis' works comes out in his ability to make them come alive to readers of all ages. While attending Asbury College I desperately wanted to take Dr. Brown's C.S. Lewis class because I knew it was a great opportunity, but I never had the chance. After reading Inside Narnia, I feel like I have been able to make up the fact that I didn't get a chance to take the class.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2005

    A Walking Tour Through Narnia

    If 'The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy' is written for philosophy buffs, 'Inside Narnia' is written for literature lovers. Here is the book that English literature professors at colleges everywhere have been praying for - a preface to 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' in the tradition of C. S. Lewis's 'Preface to Paradise Lost.' This is a smart, critical guide through Narnia, with Devin Brown dropping glorious bits of 'behind the scenes' information and careful analysis. Like any good critic, Brown's book enchants his subject, sending us back to it with renewed interest. Like any good tour guide, Brown speaks in a clear and accessible style, navigating Lewis's literary and biographical sources with ease - pointing out the similarities to (among others) J. R. R. Tolkien, who was both a literary and real-life influence on Lewis. A delightful read, for those who identify with Peter, all the way up to those of us a bit more like the Professor. *****Phil Tallon - St Andrews, Scotland*****

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