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The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends Paperback – 1 Jul 2009

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  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310285038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310285038
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.6 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I received the book first as a pre-publication review copy, and was horribly disappointed at the low resolution of the photographs. I had pre-ordered the book via Amazon, but when I saw the pre-pub mock-up, almost cancelled my order. IN HOPE that the final version would be better, I waited, and am happy I did. WONDERFUL BOOK. It's the sort of book you might want to, er... um... keep by a certain white bowl-shaped ceramic appliance in a very special room of your home so that when you, er... um... are RELAXING there, you can gradually work your way through it.
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
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If you want to plan a visit to Oxford and select places to visit beforehand, then this is your guide book. It also has 5 walks mapped out. The print quality is excellent and the photographs superb. It's a beautiful book to keep or to give as as present. Very good value for money.
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An excellent publication easy and interesting to read.
It was very good value for money the photography superb. Better than expected.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Suggest a new title: The Oxford of the Inklings 26 July 2009
By Sheri Dillinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book takes the reader for a visit to the Oxford of the Inklings, a society that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Contemporary and historical photographs are complemented by text that provides context and background information on the various members of the group. This book may have been more appropriately titled The Oxford of the Inklings as it is not a comprehensive history of the Inklings, but rather more of a guide to the places where the Inklings lived, worked and gathered. Inklings fans visiting Oxford will appreciate the maps of walking tours that lead one through the streets of the city and highlight places of interest that relate to this intriguing group of friends.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomping grounds for apologetic genesis 10 Aug. 2009
By Holly Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful publication suitable for display in any one's home. The photos depict the academic atmosphere that the Inklings, a group of men dedicated to theological thought and literature, lived and worked. The photography is well done and the information about the group is well presented. The pub that the group frequented,The Eagle and the Child, is photographed and described but most of the scenes are of Oxford. If you are interested in the works of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis or any of the other Inklings, it is very important to understand the background and the time period from which they come.
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography 16 Jun. 2009
By Melody Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The vast amount of detailed photographs of Oxford make this book a must-have for any fan of the Inklings or Oxford itself. Each page has full color, beautiful illustrations that make this a lovely book to set out on a coffee table. While the text itself leaves something to be desired (sometimes condescending; sometimes overly simplistic), the book as a whole is a lovely visit to a beautiful city. Possibly the most valuable aspect of the book is the last section of suggested tours for the individual who wishes to walk around Oxford herself and visit Inkling-related sites.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent, pictorial overview of the Inklings 14 Sept. 2009
By PastoralMusings - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It has been a while since I have read anything of C.S. Lewis'. I am, however, listening to an audio course that carries one through the life and works of C.S. Lewis. Lewis was a very interesting man, and his writings are the same. One can learn much by reading the writings of Lewis. It is for this reason that I'm glad to have been offered this opportunity to review The Inklings of Oxford.
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inklings of Oxford; C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Friends 1 Dec. 2009
By Judith A. Diehl - Published on Amazon.com
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It is difficult to decide if this book is a great story with magnificant pictures, or a photo book with an interesting story. Either way, this edition would be of strong interest to C.S. Lewis fans as well as J.R.R. Tolkien fans. It is an in-depth look at the lives of the scholars who faithfully gathered as a literary social club in Oxford for many years. Their lives, their loves, and their literary genius are detailed in photography and narrative. In addition, we have a glimpse of other noted authors, including Charles Williams, Lord David Cecil, producer Nevill Coghill, Hugo Dyson, Colin Hardie, and Warnie Lewis. If one cannot physically enjoy the walking tours of Oxford and Headington (as mapped out at the back of the book), in the steps of some of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, this book is a beautiful alternative.
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