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The Magician's Book by Laura Miller
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Jan 20, 2009

it was amazing

"...The word "spell, as Tolkien mentions in his essay "On Fairy Stories", once meant "both a story told, and a formula of power over living men. Where does this power come from and what is it made of?"

This passage (chapter 26) most accurately summarizes the riddle Laura Miller sets out to answer for herself in The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures In Narnia.

Truthfully, I picked this book out at the library because I just couldn't resist the title. Nonfiction titled The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures...? And such beautiful illustrations on the cover!

No disappointment here. Miller takes the reader step-by-step through the initial miracle of her discovery of Narnia through a well-loved-teacher; through her feelings of betrayal at realizing the Chronicles' widely aknowledged "true intent" (telling the story of Christ), causing her to reject the story's magic; to a burning desire to analyze both emotions and return once again to Narnia with comprehensive knowledge of both the stories and the man who wrote them.

Despite the fact that I've never read the Chronicles of Narnia and will never personally experience the childhood magic of Narnia, I found the book to be amazingly universal in its dissection of the power that any good story has, to transport the reader outside themselves and make them feel connected to a larger world.

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Reading Progress

January 20, 2009 – Shelved
January 21, 2009 –
page 78
January 21, 2009 –
page 125
Started Reading
January 23, 2009 – Finished Reading

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