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Way into Narnia A Reader's Guide

ISBN-10: 0802829848
ISBN-13: 9780802829849
Edition: 2005
Authors: Peter J. Schakel
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Description: How did C. S. Lewis, a middle-aged professor with no children, write books that have become classics of childrenbs literature? What is the best order for reading the Chronicles of Narnia? "The Way Into Narnia" is the introduction to the Chronicles  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 7/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

How did C. S. Lewis, a middle-aged professor with no children, write books that have become classics of childrenbs literature? What is the best order for reading the Chronicles of Narnia? "The Way Into Narnia" is the introduction to the Chronicles that readers have been waiting for. It provides valuable guidance for first-time visitors to Narnia as well as fresh insights for those who have traveled there often. Exploring ideas from bOn Fairy-Stories, b the influential essay by Lewisbs friend J. R. R. Tolkien, the book asserts that the best way to enter Narnia is to read the Chronicles as fairy-stories. Taking a chapter for each of the Chronicles, veteran Lewis scholar Peter Schakel walks readers through the works, concluding the tour with a unique and practical section of detailed notes on each of the Chronicles. Clearly organized and readable, "The Way Into Narnia" is nevertheless packed with information and captivating ideas.

The chronicles : the author and the books
The story-maker and his stories
Controversies over texts and reading order
The chronicles as fairy tales
The storytelling : fairy tale, fantasy, and myth
Magic and meaning in The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Believing and seeing in Prince Caspian
Longing and learning in The voyage of the "dawn treader"
Freedom and obedience in The silver chair
Place and personal identity in The horse and his boy
Endings and beginnings in The magician's nephew
Endings and transcendings in The last battle
The stories told : fairy-land and its effects
The chronicles : annotations

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