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Narnia and Beyond: A Guide to the Fiction of C. S. Lewis

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Regarded as one of the best authorities on the fiction of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Howard presents in this work brilliant new insights into Lewis' fiction and helps us to see things we may not have seen nor appreciated before. Focusing on Narnia, the space trilogy and Til We Have Faces, Howard explores with remarkable clarity the moral vision in the imaginary world of the master ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published April 28th 2006 by Ignatius Press (first published 1987)
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Katherine Reay
This was a fascinating book. Made me realize how good a story teller Lewis was because there was so much depth I never caught because his message and mechanics never got in the way of his story. But now... I know more and am blown away. Also -- JOY! His love for Joy and the deeper story, the "deeper magic" permeated everything. Highly recommend this!
Ryan Reeves
Oct 19, 2012 Ryan Reeves rated it it was amazing
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Easily the best analysis of Lewis's fiction and moral universe in print. As Peter Kreeft says in the Introduction, "At last! A book about C.S. Lewis that doesn't sound like a term paper." Many books on Lewis are dull, but Howard manages to bring joy to the subject at last.

Two elements of the book are worth noting:

First, Howard dispels the myth that Lewis used mere analogies in his writing (Aslan = Jesus, etc). Howard fleshes out Lewis's more deeply literary sensibilities, whereby Aslan can repr
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Josh
Oct 23, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it
This book provides a great overview and introduction to Lewis' fiction. His chapters on That Hideous Strength and Till We Have Faces are excellent. He does a great job of showing the unity of thought behind Lewis' work. As a teacher who uses Till We Have Faces, it opened my eyes to new ways to develop themes and get my students to really appreciate all the layers of the story.
Jenn Anne
Jan 14, 2008 Jenn Anne rated it it was amazing
A work full of amazing insights into the beliefs about the absolute nature of the world and our stories within the larger story that guided Lewis.
Diane
Feb 16, 2010 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
five stars plus some more.
Douglas Wilson
Feb 21, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-study
Quite good.
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Thomas Howard (b. 1935) is a highly acclaimed writer and scholar.

He was raised in a prominent Evangelical home (his sister is well-known author and former missionary Elisabeth Elliot), became Episcopalian in his mid-twenties, then entered the Catholic Church in 1985, at the age of fifty. At the time, his conversion shocked many in evangelical circles, and was the subject of a feature article in th
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