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A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe: Exploring C.S. Lewis's Classic Story

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Step inside the wardrobe. . . . You may be surprised at what you find. In C. S. Lewis's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund discover Narnia for the first time, precariously navigating their way through the unpredictable, enchanted world where beavers talk, a Witch turns people to stone, and a Lion rules as King. For decades their ad ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 26th 2005 by InterVarsity Press
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George
May 29, 2012 George rated it liked it
Really three & a half stars. I took a half star off for them missing the distinction between what role magic plays in Lewis' works & what role it plays in the Harry Potter series & also failing to realize in Harry Potter magical ability is an innate trait & not some occultic power. Other than that, though, the book was excellent.
Chad Warner
Mar 13, 2016 Chad Warner rated it liked it
This chapter-by-chapter literary analysis of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, wasn’t what I was expecting. It’s mostly about the literary aspects of the book: motifs, archetypes, style, plot devices, characterization, etc. I prefer books that delve more into the meaning of the story, for example, Inside Narnia by Devin Brown. Still, there was some interesting content.

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• Lewis wrote that “the Witch is of course Circe,” a mythical temptress who turned men into animals by getting them to d
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Neil Coulter
Apr 19, 2014 Neil Coulter rated it liked it
Shelves: narnia, non-fiction

I'm not the primary intended audience for this book, so my review may not be worth much. I was an English literature minor at Wheaton College (and took several classes from Ryken), and I went on to a master's and Ph.D. in the humanities; I read and re-read almost constantly, and I'm always analyzing and criticizing what I read; and as a big fan of Lewis and Tolkien, I've read many books about them, their lives, and their works. So for me, there was not much new in this reader's guide. I was hopi

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Trudy Pomerantz
Nov 15, 2012 Trudy Pomerantz rated it really liked it
An interesting guide to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I enjoyed the meshing together of background material with the story; it was done in an entertaining manner with the information itself being well worth listening to. I think that this is one guide that I could see myself listening to again in a few more years.

The argument for reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the order in which they were written or published was fairly compelling. Or I should say, I found it persuasive
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This is the best book I have read on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is an excellent mix of scholarly analysis, theory, and historical background.
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Dr. Ryken has served on the faculty of Wheaton College since 1968. He has published over thirty books and more than one hundred articles and essays, devoting much of his scholarship to Bible translations and the study of the Bible as literature. He served as Literary Chairman for the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible and in 2003 received the distinguished Gutenberg Award for his contribu ...more
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