Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe: Exploring C.S. Lewis's Classic Story by Leland Ryken, Marjorie Lamp Mead |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe: Exploring C.S. Lewis's Classic Story

Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe: Exploring C.S. Lewis's Classic Story

by Leland Ryken, Marjorie Lamp Mead
     
 

Step inside the wardrobe. . . . You may be surprised at what you find.

In C. S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund discover Narnia for the first time, precariously navigating their way through the unpredictable, enchanted world where beavers talk, a Witch turns people to stone, and a Lion rules as King.

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Step inside the wardrobe. . . . You may be surprised at what you find.

In C. S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund discover Narnia for the first time, precariously navigating their way through the unpredictable, enchanted world where beavers talk, a Witch turns people to stone, and a Lion rules as King.

For decades their adventure has captivated the imagination of both children and adults. Yet this first story in the Chronicles—and the story behind the story—still hold many surprises and unpredictable twists and turns.

In this interactive, informative book, literary expert Leland Ryken and Lewis scholar Marjorie Lamp Mead unlock the door to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, inviting you to step inside—deeper and deeper, past the musty fur coats—and gaze in wide-eyed wonder once again at the magical, wintery world Lucy first found.

A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe helps you examine the story from Lewis's point of view, shedding light on his imagination and use of literary forms. Even further, Mead and Ryken serve as your guides through this first Narnia adventure, providing an inside look at characters, setting and framework. Here is a book that will help you see The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Lucy first saw Narnia—with fresh, new eyes, childlike wonder and anticipation for the adventure that lies ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830832897
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.58(d)

What People are saying about this

David C. Downing
"This thorough, informative guide approaches C. S. Lewis's classic story the way Lewis himself read literary texts. It shows readers how to fully engage the narrative as thoughtful adults, while retaining a child's sense of wonder and delight."
David C. Downing, author of The Most Reluctant Convert and Into the Wardrobe
Dr. Paul F. Ford
"This Reader's Guide is the most thorough literary study of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that I have ever read. It is a must for every serious student of Lewis's first Narnian Chronicle and a gateway to the entire series."
Dr. Paul F. Ford, author of Companion to Narnia and Pocket Companion to Narnia
Colin Duriez
"A practical guide to an adult reading of C. S. Lewis's classic without losing the wonder of a child. It is informative, wise, inspiring and rich with insights into the kind of receptive reading that Lewis passionately encouraged. Not only does this Reader's Guide show the way into Narnia, but also into great literature, and the inexhaustible nourishment that great books provide."
Colin Duriez, author of A Field Guide to Narnia, The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia and Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship
Peter Schakel
"A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe is that rare achievement: a literary guidebook that does not talk down to readers. It offers readable, informative help to adults who want to enjoy, understand and appreciate The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe fully as a literary work, not as a religious parable. Through detailed attention to structure, genres, techniques and themes, it shows how to read not just LWW but all works of fiction with sensitivity and insight."
Peter Schakel, author of Approaching Literature in the 21st Century

Meet the Author

Leland Ryken (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of more than one hundred published articles and essays, and he has written, edited or contributed to more than twenty-five books.

His books include The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Crossway), The Christian Imagination: The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing (Shaw), Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (InterVarsity Press), The Discerning Reader: Christian Perspectives on Literature and Theory (Baker) and A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (Zondervan).

Marjorie Lamp Mead (M.A., Wheaton College) has been associate director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, since 1977. She is editor (with Clyde S. Kilby) of Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis and (with Lyle W. Dorsett) of C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children.

She has also written many articles and contributed numerous chapters to books—primarily on topics related to C. S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. She is managing editor of Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review.

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