Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia

Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia

by Devin Brown
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Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia by Devin Brown

If you found Narnia through the wardrobe, you may think you know all there is to know about this mystical land. But you've only just begin the journey. In Prince Caspian, there is much more to discover. Tracing through Prince Caspian chapter by chapter, Devin Brown explores fascinating symbols, hidden meanings, and easily missed details that swirl in and around the return to Narnia-all to the delight of book lovers and film fans alike.

If you're ready to be transported back into the magical world of Narnia, this careful literary analysis is where you should start.

About the Author:
Devin Brown is a professor of English at Asbury College

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ISBN-13: 9780801068027
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and a Professor of English at Asbury University where he teaches a class on Lewis and Tolkien.He isthe author of The Christian World of the Hobbit and Hobbit Lessons, both published by Abingdon Press.He has spoken at Lewis and Tolkien conferences in the UK and the U.S.Devin has published numerous essays on Lewis and Tolkien, including those written for CSLewis.com, ChristianityToday.com, SamaritansPurse.org, and BeliefNet.com. Devin earned a PhD at the University of South Carolina and currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am excited to start reading narnia because i think its intresting by looking at the cover.I'm trying to decide should i read it on my nook or read the whole series in one whole book?
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Asbury College professor Devin Brown, author of Inside Narnia, has returned to Narnia again, this time dedicating an entire volume to the second book in C. S. Lewis¿s Chronicles series, Prince Caspian. Lewis¿s popular children¿s series has now warranted two major Hollywood adaptations, but some may wonder if the delightful fantasy books deserve two scholarly examinations which are intended for a more serious audience. Perhaps more simply, we may ask, ¿Why write a book for adults, about a book directed toward children?¿ Appropriately, it is C. S. Lewis himself who is a supporter of Brown¿s scholarly endeavor. More than any other writer in recent memory (except perhaps J.R.R. Tolkien), Lewis worked to dispel the stigma which surrounded reading fairy tales. In 1952, Lewis wrote, ¿When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret, and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so... When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.¿ In his own way, Brown establishes the legitimacy of a book-length treatment in Inside Prince Caspian by noting again and again the deep connections between Lewis¿s fairy tales and the wider world of literature. As he notes in the introduction, Brown takes a literary approach to Lewis¿s work. Like Lewis, Brown earns his living as a Professor of English, which positions him well to explore Prince Caspian¿s connections to the world of mythology and fairy stories. Viewers of the recent film adaptation of Prince Caspian will be aware of the mythological creatures with which Lewis fills the world of Narnia. Many, like Prince Caspian himself, will for the first time encounter centaurs, dryads, giants, and minotaurs, and wonder where Lewis drew his inspiration. Brown¿s book is a good place to begin this journey. Brown also explores the theological dimension of Lewis¿s work. As a famous Christian thinker, Lewis is well known for popular apologetic works like Mere Christianity. Yet, Prince Caspian is not so obviously connected to the Christian story as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe which features a dying and rising Christ figure, the lion Aslan. Aslan¿s presence in Prince Caspian, which takes place over a thousand years after the first book, suggests by his longevity that he is more than a normal lion. But in Prince Caspian it is often Aslan¿s teaching and example which Brown illuminates for those interested in the Christian dimension of Lewis¿s thought. In Prince Caspian, Aslan¿s guidance is first felt by Lucy, the youngest of the four main characters, suggesting that her child-like simplicity and honesty are key building blocks for faith. It is primarily the well-constructed nature of Lewis¿s story, however, which is Brown¿s chief concern, as he shows the skill of the storyteller. Tracing themes of faith, wonder, and freedom, Brown illuminates the depth of Lewis¿s thinking which might well slip past us as children, only to be understood when we revisit the books as adults. In a scene which appears in the book and the film adaptation, Lucy encounters Aslan again. Now a year older since their last meeting (Brown discusses the differences in Narnian time and earth time), Lucy marvels that Aslan has grown bigger. Aslan replies ¿I have not... [But] every year you grow, you will find me bigger.¿ In a similar way, Brown¿s book rests on the conviction that as we also grow, our appreciation of Lewis¿s work will grow as well. [Philip Tallon is the director of The Christian Studies Center in Lexington (thechristianstudiescenter.org). He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary.]