>> Thursday, January 01, 2009
I can remember reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis sometime in elementary school. It was the only C. S. Lewis book in the small school library so I missed out on the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia until many years later.
By the time I read the rest of the Chronicles I fully understood Lewis' Christian allegory within the stories. Not being brought up in a religious household this didn't bother me in the least. In fact, the entire idea of Aslan was comforting to me.
Laura Miller, on the other hand, felt almost betrayed when she realized the connection between Narnia and Christianity. Her book, The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia takes you through her life and the life of C.S. Lewis. It is a fascinating read but not so quick as I had initially thought it would be. By the end of the book you will feel like you spent a week with your most intelligent friend in deep discussion.
You can access an excerpt of The Magician's Book here.
I want to thank Miriam at Hachette Book Group for letting me review this book. Thanks to her generosity I am passing on my book to one lucky reader. It's like new- I have a crazy respect for books.
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