C.S. Lewis said this book's author was "in the centre of the target everywhere. For one thing, you know my work better than anyone I've met: certainly better than I do myself."
I bought this new many years ago when my nieces were discovering Narnia for the first time. I discovered it for myself when I was 7, and rediscovered it many times since. I thought this book would help discover it in a new way, especially with such a great recommendation from C.S. Lewis, himself.
Inspired by this thread in the BC forums, I decided to read the book that has been on my TBR pile the longest: "Journey Into Narnia," by Kathryn Lindskoog.
The book is divided into three sections: the first, a very scholarly discussion of C.S. Lewis and how his life and beliefs influenced and infiltrated his Narnian chronicles and other writings; the second, a book-by-book synopsis/reading guide that pointed out the spiritual and religious (not just Christian) allegories present in Narnia; and third, an appendix written by a former student of C.S. Lewis, that is far easier to digest than the first part of the book.
I didn't really care for the first part of the book, even with C.S. Lewis's recommendation. It required too much thinking on my part; I have never been one for grand philosophical ideas or conversations.
The second part was much more my speed, but I was distracted by several errors (repeatedly misspelling Digory Kirke's name [pp. 109, 110], saying that Peter saved Edmund from the wolf, when he really saved Susan [pp. 111, 113], mixing up Edmund and Eustace [p.154], getting the children's ages in "The Last Battle" completely wrong [p.183]), and confused by sections where the author quoted long sections of the Bible to show how its language was similar to the language in one of the Narnian tales, without quoting the Narnian tale.
The third part was a much shorter, and much easier to understand, rehash of the first part (by a different author).
All in all, I'm glad I finally read this, but I'm not sure I learned anything I didn't already know (or want to know) about the Chronicles of Narnia. Maybe I did, though. Perhaps the next time I read them, I will notice new things, going further up and further in, gaining a more complete appreciation for them.
Released 2 yrs ago (8/11/2015 UTC) at Little Free Library #13097 in Butler, Pennsylvania USA
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