After revealing the inspirations behind Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, David Colbert takes a tour of C.S. Lewis's Narnia-from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to The Last Battle-in this indispensable guide to the origins of the classic book
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About the Author
Formerly a head writer of television's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and an editorial director at HarperCollins, David Colbert is best known as author of the acclaimed Eyewitness history series. A graduate of Brown University, he studied anthropology and mythology and has spent much of his life in libraries.
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In terms of the source criticism that Mr. Colbert has done for the Narnian Chronicles, this book is quite useful. However, the author appears to be expressing a strong dislike for C. S. Lewis as a person, and too much of the book is an examination of Lewis's personality, rather than an examination of Narnia itself. As well, some of the theories expressed concerning Lewis's sources are weakly supported. For example, Mr. Colbert suggests that the White Witch/Jadis is based on a Hans Christian Andersen character, 'The Snow Queen', which strikes me as quite plausible however, the fact that the White Witch (as well as the Snow Queen) 'snaps at her underlings' seems to me to be a stock response of evil villains, rather than a sign of 'cribbing' on Lewis's part. As well, the book would benefit tremendously by a better understanding of Christianity and the Bible. Mr. Colbert is perplexed by Aslan having the same emotions as Jesus at the time of his betrayal and death, since 'Aslan chose execution, rather than having it forced on him.' However, according to the New Testament, Jesus' death was also voluntary and, in fact, in the Gospel of Matthew (which Mr. Colbert frequently cites) Jesus himself predicts three times (well in advance of his death) the details of his betrayal and execution. There's some good stuff in this book, but for me, it was soured by these many negative points.
This entertaining yet educational guidebook provides deep insight into the magical world of C.S. Lewis by enlightening readers with the derivations that inspired the author to create Narnia. Obviously aimed at the older fans though youthful enthusiast will appreciate some of the references to Camelot and the Bible. The sidebars are as enlightening as the main text because the audience learns who the real Lucy was, why the name Narnia, and biblical connections like Aslan¿s Stone Table¿s connection to the Ten Commandments. In other words, David Colbert provides the ¿hidden¿ story within the story. Have a good time and learn why there is a wardrobe, find out if Aslan ¿Jesus in fur¿, and observe the intent behind THE LAST BATTLE amongst other deep explanations just enter the door to understand the meaning of Narnia as Mr. Colbert serves much more than just the symbolism behind Turkish Delight............ Harriet Klausner