The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends Paperback – 1 Jul 2009
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I treasure the book for another reason - the photographs supplement my own taken in Oxford. For instance, it would be difficult for us mortals to take the equal of the photo of Lewis' poem on
the plaque in Addison's Walk.
Johnny Long, London
A Lewis fan who shares his faith
It was very good value for money the photography superb. Better than expected.
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The history and background of people and places is combined to form a story that is as legendary as the works for which each of the members are remembered. Based on interviews with contemporaries and friends,there are quotes, memories and anecdotes that move the story from one scenic photograph to the next architectural one. The story moves to churches, gargoyles and graveyards. A discussion of when, where and who was a part of the group as a critic and support during the writing of the most well known of the authors' works moves the story along with photos of strategic sites for writing and contemplating the contents of these huge works. A discussion of CS Lewis' relationship and marriage to Joy Davidman is an important inclusion in this story. There is a nice appendix for a walking tour of Oxford and a map of key Inkling sites. This is something anyone would love to do after reading this publication.
First of all, I must say that this book is in the form of a coffee table book. It is well bound and in a durable cover.
The photography is excellent. All the while that I read the book I was wishing I could be in Oxford seeing all of the places that are pictured in the book.
Each photo has a caption that tells of the relationship between the place photographed and the Inklings.
The text is very well written and engages the reader enough to bring them into the lives of the Inklings and help them know and understand both them and their background.
I am not sure how one would classify this book. It is to some extent biographical, but it is not the biography of any particular person; it is about the Inklings. It is to some extent historical, but it is not the history of a nation or a city; it is about the Inklings. It is not photography only; again, it is about the Inklings. Perhaps we should give it a genre of its own and simply call it the genre of the Inklings?
I do know this, however, whether one already knows all there is to know about Lewis, Tolkien, and the other Inklings, or whether they are new to the subject, this book is a wonderful read and an excellent overview of this group.
I heartily recommend it to lovers of Lewis and Tolkien.