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.
In this interactive, informative book, Lewis scholar Majorie Lamp Mead and literary expert Leland Ryken unlock the door to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardobe, 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 Guild 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 guides through this first Narnia adventure, providing an inside look at characters, settings and framework. Here is a book that will help you see Narnia as Lucy did - with childlike wonder and anticipation for the adventure that lies ahead.
Leland Ryken is Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illionois. He has written, edited or contributed to (so far) twenty-five books, including The Christian Imagination and Dictonary of Biblical Imagery
Marjorie Lamp Mead has been Associate Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton since 1977. She is editor (with Lyle W. Dorsett) of C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children and managing editor of Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review.
- Authors Ryken and Mead provide a...
Authors Ryken and Mead provide a guided tour through the world’s most famous closet. Although this book is not just for seasoned Narnia fans, some familiarity with the book is assumed as much information will spoil the story for the uninitiated. Simon Vance gives a pleasant reading of a methodical text. Each of the first 18 chapters covers the corresponding territory in the novel, allowing the listener to reread the salient parts while hearing the illuminating commentary. The remaining chapters dig into chronology, basic information on C.S. Lewis and Narnia, and the Christian vision of the allegory, all of which Vance does his best to make interesting, failing only in the necessary repetitions of names and dates. S.M.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
- Fantastic surprise! To be honest, I...
Fantastic surprise! To be honest, I was expecting a hyper-intellectual treatise of the Chronicles of Narnia (translation: BORING!) & instead, was delighted to find a book that is intelligent without being condescending. Very well-read and engaging, this book is basically lit crit...through the eyes of Lewis! A must-listen for any serious Chronicles fan!