Companion To Narnia Paperback – Oct 13 1994
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"An exceptional reference work!" -- -- America
"Clear prose, accurate scholarship, plentiful cross-reference and charming illustrations." -- -- Los Angeles Times
"An exceptional reference work!" -- America
About the Author
Paul F. Ford, Ph.D., has been a student of the life and writings of C. S. Lewis for over thirty years and founded the Southern California C. S. Lewis Society. He is a professor of theology and liturgy at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, California.
Top Customer Reviews
There are two numbers separated by a comma- the first is the tradepaperback/hardback HaperCollins or Harper Trophy page number, the second (after the comma) is for the Harper Trophy rack sized (mass market) paperback editions.
Examples from the Companion book listings to check pagination of the Narnia editions you have to see if they match up on the correct page:
Lion Witch Wardrobe: Hosea 11:10 "at the sound of his roar" 79,85
Prince Caspian:Isaiah 9:1"the people that lived in hiding" 72,75
Dawn Treader: Isaiah 6:6 "a little live coal" 207,224
Silver Chair: Psalms103:9 "I will not always be scolding" 236,250
Horse & His Boy: Daniel 4:24 "not a donkey!" 219,235
Magician's Nephew: Job 38:7 "stars themselves singing" 107,117
Last Battle: Deut.33:27 "between the paws of the true Aslan" 121, 134
I have the trade paperback Harper Trophy "full-color collector's edition of Narnia, boxed set ISBN: 0064409392 and the first number of the two (the one before the comma) matches perfectly in all the Narnia books.
"New insights" are what the Companion To Narnia is all about. Paul F. Ford has done a wonderful job of assembling all of the myriad of characters, places, themes; all the rich history and lore of Narnia and beyond, into this one encyclopedic book. I really cannot see how it could be improved upon. It is massive in scope. I have read it and "used" it for years now.
The book is arranged alphebetically and all topics are meticulously cross-referenced (an asterisk follows any word or phrase which is an entry elsewhere). Even though this is not the type of book that is commonly read from cover to cover, picking it up and starting from any topic will surely tempt you to the reading of the asterisk-linked articles. In Narnian terms, I think of this as the hidden "Turkish-Delight" feature of the book. Let it take you where your curiosity and interest leads.
At the end of the articles, Ford has placed in parentheses an abbreviated reference to the specific book and page number that coincides with the topic being discussed. This sends us back to the original source of the material if necessary, and allows Ford's book to be not only a companion, but a sort-of concordance as well.Read more ›
I initially read the Chronicles as a young child, then again in Jr. High. I'm afraid I let my passion for the stories slip through my high school years, just when I needed them most, but now, after my third year of college, I have renewed my interest in the works of Mr. Lewis.
The Companion is easy to use, extremely informative, and actually fun to read straight through, even without using it as a reference. The entries are encyclopedia-style, alphabetically listed, with the page numbers the entry appears on in the Chronicles, related entries, and often very extensive footnotes referring the reader to books and articles by Mr. Lewis and other renowned Fanstasy and Religious authors, as well as background into what specific uses could have meant to the author, or his inspirations for them.
There are annexes at the end on everything to how old the Pevensie children and others are in the books, Narnia time vs Earth time, the age of Lewis during the writing of the Chronicles, maps of Narnia and more. Wonderful illustrations are distributed throughout the book, just waiting to surprise you when you turn the page.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any lover of Narnia, whether it's your first time around or your fortieth. A lot of questions I remember having when I was younger are answered, and you gain a deeper meaning of what it "behind everyone's story".
C.S. Lewis's Chronicles represent some of the finest high-Fantasy novels ever written, period. But for most of us, at least at the first reading, this is all they were. As we grow older, and read the Chronicles again and again, we begin to discover more of the meaning behind the writing; this book guides you further along that path of discovery. It is well-organized and very thorough; I have had little difficulty finding any of the references I wanted to explore.
If you want a person to love the Chronicles, buy the series for them when they are a child. If you want them to appreciate it the way you do, buy them the Companion when they grow a bit older...
Most recent customer reviews
I resold this book immediately, without even browsing all the way through it! The way it was typeset and laid out was awful - one section ran on forever. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003 by Hello Kitty Ellen
Although the description said for readers ages 4 - 8, there is no way this book is readable to any but the brightest 8 year olds. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003
Is it strange to think that you need a companion for a set of books that take place in a world that doesn't even exist? No, not really. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2001
The Companion is Great!!! When ever your reading parts of the book and get to something that doesn't make a lot of sense just find it in the Companion! Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2001 by Michael Juba
This is a great book. It is arranged alphabetically, in encyclopedia form, and contains over 500 pages of entries. Read morePublished on March 25 2000 by Laura Haggarty
I've adored this series since grade school and I reread it periodically, but until the last few times I never understood the allegory in the book. Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999
I absolutely loved this book. It was priceless in writing a paper for my English class and got me an A! I was amazed by the throughness of this book. Read morePublished on April 12 1999
This book is invaluable! If you love Narnia and wish to learn more this is the book to get. Exhaustive citations, many wonderful illustrations, and many maps and timelines that... Read morePublished on March 14 1999
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