The Magician's Book

The Magician's Book

A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia

Book - 2008
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A co-founder and staff writer for Salon.com explores the meaning and influence of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series while revealing how Lewis's troubled childhood, unconventional love life, and friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien affected his writing.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316017633
0316017639
Characteristics: viii, 311 p. ; 25 cm

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Mark_Daly Aug 12, 2013

Comprehensive, but still breezy, lit-crit examination of the Narnia books. Forthrightly addresses the many problems of the series, while still conveying a somewhat befuddled affection for it. Perhaps many readers can recall a kind of shocked awakening when they first realized the religiosity, sexism, racism, etc. embedded in this childhood favorite. Which raises the question: Why do so many of us still yearn to visit Narnia? (My own theory is that the secret sauce of the books is Lewis's debt to Evelyn Nesbit and his desire to emulate her style.) As a bonus, there's loads of trivia in here for Narnia devotees.

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