Jan 09, 09
Read in November, 2008
Many books written about C S Lewis are essentially gushing paeans, written by sycophantic acolytes. Written by a non-believer, The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia might be described as a secular appreciation, not only of Narnia, but of Lewis' imagination as a whole, as well as its wellsprings and tributaries. As young reader, Miller fell in love with Narnia, only to become disgusted and appalled when she grew up to learn that her beloved stories had been carefully imbued by their author with Christian meaning and symbolism. Revisiting the books, she replaces her original wide eyed wonder and lost innocence with understanding and insight into Lewis' own troubled childhood, his profound faith, deep imagination, and rediscovers Narnia's "shining wonders". I have read most of the even marginally decent books written about C S Lewis, and was surprised by how much Miller's unique insights moved me.