The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia Hardcover – 15 Jan 2009
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"[Miller is] a fine writer, able to skillfully mix in references to Wordsworth and Laura Ingalls Wilder and Led Zepplin. Her ability to place Lewis and his works in a historical and personal context will entertain and illuminate even casual fans of the Narnia books."--Dallas Morning News "Jeffrey Weiss "
The meaning and the extraordinary impact of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia, explored by one of the finest critics writing today.See all Product Description
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Miller is at her best when distilling the various types of literary forms (allegory, metaphor, etc.), and in her exploration of Lewis's literary influences (Arthurian legends, Norse mythology, Celtic folktales, the "wildness" of faery lore, etc.). She explores many story archetypes, helps the reader identify them in other (non-Narnian) contexts, and does so in way that doesn't sacrifice any meaning or enjoyment in their reading.
She deconstructs the world views of Lewis's time and of the previous eras that shaped his ideas, but never in a way that cuts Lewis any slack.Read more ›
Miller's account weaves in not only valuable perceptions about what great children's books do to us, but much research into CS Lewis's other work, thoughts and influences, and also examines questions concerning religious faith. Highly recommended to all who are interested in Narnia.