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Children's LiteratureThis book, as stated, is a literary critique of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and not a devotional. It is of special interest to authors, and more specifically to authors of fairy tales. Comparisons are made throughout the book to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Lewis and Tolkien were friends and critiqued each other's writing. The many parallels of thought and language would probably have publishers suing each other in our time. Inconsistencies are pointed out, such as accounts of the ancestry of the Witch in one place as part human, and in another place as only from supernatural creatures. Literary devices are pointed out, such as the use of concrete images in mystical settings to help suspend disbelief; the division of a single narrative into two separate threads, called "interlace;" gradual revelation which leads to suspense; and the use of weather to set the mood. The reader's sense of wonder is increased through an aura of mystery instead of explanation. "Finally, Lewis saw the relationship between the dream world and the real as a perfect metaphor for the connection between the realities of this world to the greater reality of the next." Lewis asserted that Aslan was not an allegory for Christ but a Christ-like figure. Writers will enjoy this analysis of a well- known work. 2005, Baker Books/Baker Publishing Group, Ages 16 up.