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Through the Wardrobe: Your Favorite Authors on C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia

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4.12  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The third in the latest film version of C.S. Lewis' beloved Chronicles of Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, will be released in December 2010. In a crowded market of predictable tie-ins, Through the Wardrobe - a collection of always thoughtful, frequently clever explorations of the series by sixteen popular YA authors that proves the series is more than its religious ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Benbella Books
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Valentina Markasović
A collection of essay which may serve as good secondary sources. Most were insightful.
Skrivena stranica
Oct 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
These essays are shit and insult to C.S.Lewis. I saw better tumblr essays on comunity's favourite books daily.
Jennifer Wardrip
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To call this book a "Narnia movie tie-in," as some of the publicity has, is selling it short. The sixteen essays in this book cover all seven of the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, and although there are several that deal exclusively with Prince Caspian, the movie of which is to be released this May, there are also insightful essays about the other novels in the series. In fact, one of my personal favorites dealt solely with THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
Maria Elmvang
I was hooked the very first time I read about this book, and even though I have now forgotten where that was, I didn't forget about the book, and was thrilled to finally get my hands on it. 16 essays about the Chronicles of Narnia - obviously a must for any Narniophile like myself.

Thankfully it was worth the wait. Most of the essays were charming and interesting, and if there was a slight unbalance with more essays being about Prince Caspian than any other book in the series, then that can be
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
All in all, its a good reads. I found most of these different points of view quite refreshing. So much so, I've decided to read "The Chronicles of Narnia" to my son as soon as he's old enough to enjoy them. (I'd give them to him to read for himself, but given the fact he just turned 2 years old, I'm afraid I still don't know if he's going to like fantasy like me or science like his father). All in all, very useful if you are planning to write an essay on C. S. Lewis' Narnia chronicles. Good ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun little book of authors sharing their feelings about CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, why it made such an impact with them, why it still resonates with the modern reader. If you are a fan of the CoN, you might enjoy this book as well. Full disclosure, I got this for 25 cents at a library book sale. I see that the cover price is nearly $12. If I had paid $12 for this, my review would probably not be as positive. If you can get it from the library or at a used book sale, it is worth a read, ...more
Full disclosure: Read these for free when the essays were available on the publisher's site.

Mixed bag.
Some essays are interesting.
Personally, quite fond of Edmund essay, and the ones about food, the little things, about being good, and the one about the gap.

Some essays - no, just no.
Light and Darkness essay actually managed to annoy the hell out of me. If I wanted a history lecture, I would have picked up a history book or memoir or maybe even hunt down a history scholar or three.
The one about
Aug 19, 2015 marked it as dnf-partial-read  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up because of Ned Vizzini's essay, "Reading the Right Books: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." Not being a big fan of fantasy, I've never read the Narnia books. But, as a Vizzini's completist, I still wanted to still give it a try. Predictably, I didn't get much from reading this essay other than further confirmation that I'm not a big fantasy fan. Ah well.

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Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: research, nonfiction
Very meh. I'm a big fan of literary criticism and in-depth analysis, but these essays are fairly hit or miss. The one on Susan in particular irritates me, but I'm biased. Some are fun, some are tedious -- if you really love the Chronicles of Narnia, this fairly slender book is probably worth it. If you've just seen the movies and think Aslan is cuddly, do us all a favor and go read the damn books.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
16 essays about The Chronicles of Narnia and why these books manage to captivate generation after generation of children - and adults as well. Well, of course I had to read it. And I wasn't disappointed. Even though I didn't know any of the writers (so Your Favorite Authors doesn't apply to me) I have gotten a new insight in the life of Narnia and C.S. Lewis.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: about-books
I had a blast with these essays, especially the ones which discuss Susan's fate and how that's not so hopeless as one might think (as in, what the heck did Mr. Lewis have against lipstick anyhow?) plus the honest essay on a reader's crush over Edmund was hysterical. If you have read the Narnia books one too many times you will have a good time with this book.
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
A very well thought out grouping of essays that would be of interset to any Narnia lovers. Can't say that I agreed with all of them.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, though the chapter on Hitler was very boring and the book would have been much better with out it. Also, the authors kind of repeat the same stuff over and over.
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