Into the Wardrobe
|About the Book|
Published in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewiss seven Chronicles of Narnia were proclaimed instant childrens classics and have been hailed in The Oxford Companion to Childrens Literature as the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children byMorePublished in the early 1950s, C. S. Lewiss seven Chronicles of Narnia were proclaimed instant childrens classics and have been hailed in The Oxford Companion to Childrens Literature as the most sustained achievement in fantasy for children by a 20th-century author. But how could Lewis (a formidable critic, scholar, and Christian apologist)conjure up the kind of adventures in which generations of children (and adults) take such delight? In this engaging and insightful book, C. S. Lewis expert David C. Downing invites readers to join his vivid exploration of the Chronicles of Narnia, offering a detailed look at the enchanting stories themselves and also focusing on the extraordinary intellect and imagination of the man behind the Wardrobe.Downing presents each Narnia book as its own little wardrobe - each tale an opportunity to discover a visionary world of bustling vitality, sparkling beauty, and spiritual clarity. And Downings examination of C. S. Lewiss personal life shows how the content of these classic childrens books reflects Lewiss love of wonder and story, his affection for animals and homespun things, his shrewd observations about human nature, along with his vast reading, robust humor, theological speculations, medieval scholarship, and arcane linguistic jokes. A fun glossary of odd and invented words will allow readers to speak with Narnian flair, regaling friends and family with unusual words like cantrips, poltoonery, hastilude, and skirling. A masterful work that will appeal to both new and seasoned fans of Narnia, Into the Wardrobe offers a journey beyond Narnias deceptively simple surface and into its richly textured and unexpected depths.