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A Guide Through Narnia [Paperback]

Martha C. Sammons

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July 1 2004
A Guide Through Narnia was one of the first in-depth studies of C.S. Lewis's seven Chronicles of Narnia. The focus and organization of this revised and expanded edition is on why Lewis wrote the books as fairy tales, the best "Form" for his ideas. It is written for both students and scholars who want to expand their understanding of these popular classics. Chapters include: -Seeing Pictures: How the books were written, chronological summaries, publication history -Selecting the Ideal Form: Why Lewis chose the fairy tale form, fairy tale elements and style -Seeing Man as Hero: Child heroes -Stealing Past Dragons: Characteristics of religious fantasy, allegory and "supposition," Christian elements -Stepping Through the Door: Themes and effects of fantasy -Dictionary of Names and Places Martha C. Sammons is Professor of English at Wright State University.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Regent College Publishing (July 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573833088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573833080
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,215,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The purpose of this book is to tell you about the creator of the seven Narnia books, how he came to write them, and to describe their characteristics as "fairy tales" and their effect on readers of these Chronicles. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Try to find a copy if you enjoyed the Narnia Chronicles April 2 2001
By Michael L. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Sammons explores the themes and structure of the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis. The book is written simply, without obscure literary terminology; very accessible to the public or by Jr. High and High School students who want to expand their understanding of this critically acclaimed series.
The book is structured as follows: Chapter 1: a discussion of Lewis's life
Chapter 2: how Lewis wrote the series and exposition on Lewis's views on the genre
Chapter 3: synopsis of each book in the series. These summaries were very well written.
Chapter 4: description of the land of Narnia
Chapter 5: in-depth review of the character of Aslan. One of the best chapters in the book, Sammons explores the symbol of Aslan in each book and His role as the moving force in the plot
Chapter 6: discussion of the good/neutral characters of Narnia
Chapter 7: discussion of the evil characters of Narnia
Chapter 8: Christian concepts in the books
The book also includes an index of character and place names, but the reader would be advised to obtain a copy of "Companion To Narnia" by Paul F. Ford instead.
Sammons explores the question whether the Narnia Chronicles are allegory for Christian faith. She is not "preachy" but seems to honestly describe the faith and the symbols within the novels. She does a fine job in providing quotes from C.S. Lewis's writings to back her points.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as well rounded as I hoped Sept. 12 2005
By jsinisca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though I agree with other reviewers about the splendid Narnia book summaries, overall I felt this book was not written in a manner fitting a scholarly book. Nor did it provide provide the well-rounded symbolic interpreation I was hoping for. I'm not saying I could do better (and it did make me ponder several biblical sybolic ideologies) but in general, it seemed the same citations appeared throughout the book -- almost to the point of redundancy -- and book was too focused on biblical themes, not a "guide thorugh Narnia" per se. I was hoping for something with more rounded interpretation and meaning of Lewis' world.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic analysis of the best books ever written! Nov. 29 1998
By Will Swinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic. Dr. Sammons does of wonderful job of pinpointing the glorious symbols used by Lewis in the Chronicles. I now have a broader understanding of my favorite series. This is a must for any true Narnian. It was definitely worth the cost of the out of print search. Though, its better to just look at ....
1.0 out of 5 stars Dry and boring Jan. 11 2006
By SMF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I wanted to read this because, on the whole, I love the Narnia books but I could only get through about half of it and the rest I skimmed through. Incredibly boring and not enlightening at all.

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