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C.S Lewis: A Biography Of Friendship Paperback – 19 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books; 1st New edition edition (19 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745955878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745955872
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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In a graceful, sympathetic, and appealing dual biography, Duriez stresses their influences on one another and the depths of their friendship. --Booklist on Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

About the Author

Colin Duriez is a respected authority on C S Lewis. His previously published works include, The Inklings Handbook (with David Porter), The C S Lewis Encyclopedia, J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis, the story of their friendship. He is on the advisory board for Harper Row's C S Lewis Bible. He has also appeared as a commentator on extended DVDs of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings.


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Excellent biography by Colin Duriez on a great man and and excellent thinker. Lewis was a genius and an excellent ambassador for Christianity. I liked the way Duriez focused a lot of attention on Lewis background which is Northern Ireland. Sometimes good things do come out of Northern Ireland, Lewis was one of the excellent things to come out of Northern Ireland.
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Judging by other reviews, it seems that most readers of this book are already very familiar with CS Lewis's life. In contrast, I know almost nothing about him (I was given the book as a gift). The book starts well, with an engaging description of Lewis's childhood and his incredibly close relationship with Warnie, his brother. However, once the first world war is over and Lewis settles in to Oxford life, the pace of the book slackens. It seemed to take a lot of pages to say "During the inter-war years, Lewis wrestled with issues of faith, and ditched atheism in favour of Christianity." Things pick up again with the outbreak of WWII and Lewis's subsequent relationship with Joy Davidman.

If you are a fan of CS Lewis, this may be a very welcome and valuable addition to the biographical canon but as a newcomer I'm afraid I was underwhelmed. Perhaps this is not the best place to start.
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I thought I knew most of what there is to know about C S Lewis (Jack) as I have read so many biographies over the years. The book by Sayer is my favourite Jack A Life Of C S Lewis but I have also enjoyed Lenten Lands Lenten Lands and Jack's Life Jack's Life: The Life Story of C S Lewis by Douglas Gresham recently.
Colin Duriez's book concentrates on Lewis's friendships and I learned so much more about him from this well-researched and well-written work. His friends' inspiration and feedback clearly influenced his writing.

I also learned details about Lewis's life as a baby and small child in Ireland which I had not gleaned from my earlier reading.

An enjoyable and informative read. Highly recommended.
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