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A Reader's Guide to Caspian: A Journey into C. S. Lewis's Narnia

A Reader's Guide to Caspian: A Journey into C. S. Lewis's Narnia

by Leland Ryken, Marjorie Lamp Mead
     
 

Back into Narnia

"Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure." So begins C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian and the children's second remarkable escapade into Narnia—a Narnia known but unknown, looking much

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Back into Narnia

"Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure." So begins C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian and the children's second remarkable escapade into Narnia—a Narnia known but unknown, looking much different than it did in their first adventure.

C. S. Lewis scholar Marjorie Lamp Mead and literary specialist Leland Ryken work their own magic to take you deep into Narnia once again, providing a guided tour of Prince Caspian that highlights characters, setting and framework, with rich background details to enhance your reading of the story. The authors also shed light on Lewis's imagination and literary forms, and include a brief biography of Lewis himself. Added questions for discussion and reflection make this the perfect companion to Prince Caspian for book discussion groups.

Following the pattern set in their Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe, Mead and Ryken help you, like the Pevensie children, enter Narnia again in a new way and find it to be an even more surprising place than you ever imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher W. Mitchell
"Like its predecessor, A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe, A Reader's Guide to Caspian . . . help[s] the reader to interpret their experience through an explanation of the literary art of the author, at the same time expanding and enhancing the reader's understanding through thoughtful commentary and reflection. In other words, Mead and Ryken have succeeded in getting themselves out of the way of the reader's encounter with the story while helping to broaden and deepen their own experience of reading the text."
Walter Hooper
"This book isn't necessary to the enjoyment of Prince Caspian, but it is necessary if you want to get to the rock-bottom truths of that story. It throws more light on Prince Caspian than anything I've ever read."
Bruce L. Edwards
"A Reader's Guide to Caspian is the best kind of literary companion, and one which Lewis himself would approve, always keeping readers focused on the primary narrative. It is perfect for a reader's group or college classroom study of Narnia, providing insight and inspiration on every page."
Lyle W. Dorsett
"Many books have been written about the writings of C. S. Lewis. This is one that would please Professor Lewis. Mead and Ryken are superb tour guides through Prince Caspian. Long live A Reader's Guide to Caspian."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830834990
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Lyle W. Dorsett
"Many books have been written about the writings of C. S. Lewis. This is one that would please Professor Lewis. Mead and Ryken are superb tour guides through Prince Caspian. Long live A Reader's Guide to Caspian."
Lyle W. Dorsett, author of Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis
Walter Hooper
"This book isn't necessary to the enjoyment of Prince Caspian, but it is necessary if you want to get to the rock-bottom truths of that story. It throws more light on Prince Caspian than anything I've ever read."
Walter Hooper, author of C. S. Lewis: A Companion & Guide
Christopher W. Mitchell
"Like its predecessor, A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe, A Reader's Guide to Caspian . . . help[s] the reader to interpret their experience through an explanation of the literary art of the author, at the same time expanding and enhancing the reader's understanding through thoughtful commentary and reflection. In other words, Mead and Ryken have succeeded in getting themselves out of the way of the reader's encounter with the story while helping to broaden and deepen their own experience of reading the text."
Christopher W. Mitchell, director, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College
Bruce L. Edwards
"A Reader's Guide to Caspian is the best kind of literary companion, and one which Lewis himself would approve, always keeping readers focused on the primary narrative. It is perfect for a reader's group or college classroom study of Narnia, providing insight and inspiration on every page."
Bruce L. Edwards, general editor of C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy

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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