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The Man Behind Narnia (Kindle Single)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 December 2013
I liked it as it was an honest account of The life of C.S. Lewis, as researched by a confessed atheist. A Christian myself, I was enlightened to the humanity of C.S. Lewis;his weaknesses and his goodness, especially the change in him after his conversion. It is all too easy to have put such a man on a pedestal because of his work, without realising that he had' feet of clay' like the rest of us.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I have never read anything by C S Lewis but this interesting little book has made me want to read his work. The author - who wrote a full length biography of Lewis twenty five years ago - revisits Lewis's life and his own feelings and thoughts about Lewis the man and his writing. Like many great men, Lewis was not always a likeable character and he seemed to ride rough-shod over many of the people in his private life as well as his students.

I found this book compelling reading because of the way the author lays bare some of his own deepest thoughts about life and religion and how those thoughts have changed over his lifetime. I also thought the way he tries to convey his own attitude to Lewis's own work which at the same time repels him and fascinates him. Well written and worth reading even if you have never read anything by Lewis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2014
I've grown up with C.S. Lewis and have read a number of his theological books as well as his popular Narnia series. I've shared them with my children and soon, I hope, with my grandchildren. However, it was good to have A.N. Wilson's take on Lewis - it balances things a bit as he is sometimes accorded semi-saint like status, which he clearly was not. Doesn't take away from his words though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2014
A.N. Wilson is a good writer and C.S. Lewis a great subject. However, I felt that I understood far more about Wilson than I did about Lewis.This did not stop me from reading this book, but I was disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
AN Wilson always writes well but this book wasn't really what I had expected as it seemed more to be a commentary on AN Wilson's television programme he made which was screened on BBC. Fortunately I had seen the programme so references to it were immediately understood but overall the book reads like a general essay on Wilson's opinion of Lewis rather than the biography I was expecting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
I really enjoyed this book as it shows Lewis with all his faults. He seems to be a very private man with a lot of insecurities. This book will appeal to everyone who enjoys his works and now the new generation who maybe won't have read Narnia but seen it on the big screen.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2014
This shorter version of the biography focuses on Wilson's own life, beliefs and hang-ups as much as on Lewis whom he appears to find very difficult to like. He often claims to have a better insight, better research and to know more about Lewis from the many Oxbridge contacts he has made. Whilst it was enjoyable to read, don't expect to enjoy anything relating to the Narnia books which Wilson roundly condemns. His academic credentials, from the aspect of attention to detail and absolute accuracy are also drawn into doubt but you will learn about his love life!
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on 15 January 2015
A.N. Wilson is an acclaimed writer and biographer but I feel this book came close to home. He and Lewis were both educated at Oxford and he has studied his life and work deeply. He has not tried to 'debunk' Lewis but to get close to the 'real' person. What was very interesting and honest was the way he had to reflect on himself and his own life to do this. It gives a lot of insight into the academic world and an understanding of C.S. Lewis beyond his growing mythos. I cannot view Lewis's writing without affection and Wilson is truthful about his reservations. It was a very reflective take.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
This was surprisingly not as much about Mr Lewis so much as rants from the author about his own atheism. Which is not what I wanted to read about. So I didn't actually finish the book because I found his personal venting wearying ..
The book should be called "my personal frustrations with some alluding to the chap behind Narnia."
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on 7 February 2015
A. N. Wilson is an author I look out for, and one whose programmes on television I always find interesting and enjoyable. The subject matter is C S Lewis and is just plain interesting. Something I really appreciated was reading not just about C S Lewis but also quite a lot about A N Wilson, and the effect this prolific author had on him. I enjoyed this read very much.
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