Every child who ever loved Narnia knew instinctively that CSLewis was a genius but now Michael Ward has given every sceptic the proof that our instincts were right. Ward shows that each chronicle was structured from within so exquisitely finely that like all great creations they appeared deceptively simple but like Narnia itself have layers within layers within layers and the deeper you go in the bigger the place becomes.
I am lost for words as I contemplate the way every aspect of each of the mediaeval planets is so cleverly woven into the individual stories . For example Suddenly the horse and his boy shimmers in new and unrealised ways. Comments or observations that seem randomly chosen now have a much deeper meaning..
If you want to know why Lewis tells us Prince Cor was a boxer, why in the voyage of the dawn treader Eustace is turned into a dragon, why Bacchus appears in Prince Caspian, why the Queen of the underworld wears green, and why the apple tree is in the far west beyond NArnia and is guarded by a mysterious bird read on. These and hundreds of other unspoken questions will be answered. Why does Father Christmas appear in the lion the witch and the wardrobe, what is the significance of the very last sentence of Prince Caspian?, and above all why does Aslan behave in such different ways in each story.
Ward's analysis reveals utterly convincingly that Nothing , not one single line or word in the Narnia Chronicles has been chosen randomly or carelessly. Every single word, sentence and paragraph has been purposefully designed.
And when you see the design you just become more and more in awe of the whole.