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Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Presents an analysis of C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, covering such topics as symbols, hidden meanings, and missed details from each chapter.
Paperback, 255 pages
Published January 6th 2006 by Baker Books (first published September 1st 2005)
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This is a thorough exploration of the characters, events, and themes of C.S. Lewis' first Chronicles of Narnia story, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; also the various real life inspirations of Lewis.

Christians looking for a book that delves into the spiritual themes will have to look elsewhere. Admittedly this was a bit surprising given then Devin Brown is known for books exploring those themes in Lewis' life (A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis) and in Tolkien's work (Ch
Now, I was drawn to this book, because I love the Narnia books and the front calls it 'A guide to exploring the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe', and one of the quotes on the back refers to it as 'encyclopedic'. To be honest, guide and encyclopedic may be used a little too liberally here. Every time I thought the Author was going to explain something about the Lion the Witch and the wardrobe, they started quoting Lord of the Rings as examples. I just felt like there was too much comparison of o ...more
Jonathan Wylie
I loved this book. This book is very academic. Some of it might ruin the magic of Narnia for you. So I caution anyone who reads it to be interested in learning more about how CS Lewis wrote the Lion the Witch, and the Wardrobe. However, so of it is using the perspective of other people.

Last piece of advice. Read the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe before you read this book.
Insightful at first, but grew tiring by the end. Also surprising that it was in the College Church library, as it hardly touched on the religious aspects of TLWW at all - the author attempted a literary analysis that avoided religious subjects as much as possible, until Aslan's sacrifice on the Stone Table made comparisons with Christ's crucifixion unavoidable.
The book was more of a literary analysis than philosophical or spiritual exploration. Very good if you are interested in the process of storytelling. Only read it if you have already read all of the Narnia books and Tolkien's Rings trilogy; there are spoilers.
I was hoping for more insight into the Narnia series. This book didn't help me at all.
Took out the magic of Narnia. :( However, it was well written.
Teanna Byerts
An in depth look at the ideas behind the tale...
a must for children
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Devin Brown (PhD, University of South Carolina) is a Lilly scholar and professor of English at Asbury University. A C. S. Lewis aficionado, Brown has written, taught, and lectured on Lewis extensively for more than ten years. He has written a number of books related to Lewis, including Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian, and lives in Kentucky. In 2008 Brown was invited to serve as scholar-in- ...more
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