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Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition: A Complete Guide to the Magical World of C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia Paperback – July 5, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Narnia; Revised edition (July 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060791276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060791278
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Clear prose, accurate scholarship, plentiful cross-references and charming illustrations.” (Los Angeles Times)

“An exceptional reference work.” (America Magazine)

From the Back Cover

This peerless guide has served as an adventurer's passport to the land of Narnia for twenty-five years. From Aslan, the Great Lion, to Zardeenah, the mysterious lady of the night, this comprehensive and accessible companion contains hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries covering all the characters, events, places, and themes that Lewis magically wove into his timeless and magical world. We are giving this comprehensive handbook a facelift just in time to be the perfect companion to the Narnia movie coming out in Christmas 2005. We are updating all the references, adding a new foreword in addition to Madeleine L'Engle's original invitation to the book, simplifying the reference system, lowering the price, and creating a new package that will help tie it to the movie. These improvements should help this standby sell for the next twenty-five years.

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CURRICULUM VITAE for Paul F. Ford

BORN April 8, 1947 in Springfield (Hampden County) Massachusetts

PARENTS Bernard William Ford and Theresa Marie Bourcier (both deceased)

SISTERS AND BROTHERS oldest of three sisters (Marguerite, Kathleen, and Christine) and three brothers (Mark, John, and Raymond)

MARITAL STATUS married to Janice Daurio, Ph.D., June 29, 1985; no children

EDUCATION Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) 1975-1987, Ph.D. in theology; dissertation: "C. S. Lewis: Ecumenical Spiritual Director: A Study of His Experience and Theology of Prayer and Discernment in the Process of Becoming a Self" (Jack Rogers, Ph.D., mentor)

St. John's Seminary (Camarillo, California) 1969-1973, M.A. in religion; thesis: "The Life of the World to Come in the Writings of C. S. Lewis" (Msgr. James D. O'Reilly, Ph.D., director)

St. John's Seminary College (Camarillo, California) 1967-1969, B.A. in philosophy

Ryan Preparatory College (Fresno, California) 1961-1967

Roman Catholic grammar school (St. Ann's, Ridgecrest, California)

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I liked reading his thoughts and ideas about the books.
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The most amazing part is that it has the maps for series, i had been looking for the anywhere, It's an excellent product.
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This book is a must have for anyone who wants a scholarly look at Narnia.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By OtherWorlds&Wisdom on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
If there is any book that you should have on hand while reading the Chronicles of Narnia, this is it. Similar to Robert Foster's "Complete Guide to Middle-Earth" in that it's mostly an A-Z encyclopedia of places, people and all things in Narnia. The entries in "The Companion" are detailed and extensively cross-referenced. The essential time-lines and two sets of maps make this book perfect. Designed for all ages of readers of Narnia, but older readers will also appreciate the insights about Lewis in the introduction of the book. This book, along with Duriez's "Field Guide to Narnia" are the two best, and two must haves for Narnia fans.
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69 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Ian M. Slater TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 12, 2005
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Paul F. Ford's "Companion to Narnia: Revised and Expanded" (as it proclaims on the cover) is the latest, longest, incarnation of a handbook to the C.S. Lewis stories, first published in 1980, and revised over the years to various degrees; some editions being rather dramatically larger than their predecessors. Good to begin with, it has become even better, if a little unwieldy (growing from 315 pages to 558). In all of them, there is a great deal of information assembled from the seven "Chronicles," Lewis' correspondence, and thematically and factually relevant passages from his other writings, both Christian and academic, with inconsistencies, thematic developments, and a host of other issues considered; the later the edition, the fuller the references, and the more considered the evaluation -- with the exception of one offshoot, under a new title, mentioned below.

If you have somehow missed the recent publicity (for the new motion picture version of one of them), the "Chronicles of Narnia" are a set of seven short fantasy novels, written for children in the late 1940s and early 1950s by C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), then an Oxford Don better known to the public for his writings (and BBC talks) on Christianity, later Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. (Even some otherwise theologically unsympathetic observers, like A.L. Rowse, felt that Lewis was passed over for an Oxford Chair for being TOO Christian -- as others, like Lewis Namier some years earlier, had been neglected for not being Christian at all -- to the Other University's benefit.)

The stories are often described as allegories, a characterization with which Lewis was unhappy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 25, 2007
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This book is a must have for anyone who wants a scholarly look at Narnia. Ford goes in depth to all the elements, allusions, and allegories Lewis beautifully put into Narnia. This book is a must have for any budding theologian, Narnia lover, or Lewis admirer. A brilliant piece of scholarly work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helen E. Clark on January 28, 2007
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While reading the Chronicles of Narnia, I needed help with many of the descriptions used by Mr. lewis. I was able to use Mr. Fords book for all the explantions I needed. He makes it easy to then understand all the books. I really liked the illustrations shown in his book and really liked the maps showing Narnia, Aslan's country and all the other countries there. Mr. Ford also gives us a personal look into how he has shared the Chronicles with his children and grandchildren. I liked reading his thoughts and ideas about the books. I found his book, Companion to Narnia very helpful and lovely to read. I hope this helps others when deciding to buy a companion book to the Chronicles. I totally recommend this one.

Thank you,

Helen Clark
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J.Douglas on May 21, 2010
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Dr. Paul F. Ford's "Companion to Narnia, Revised Edition" is a wonderful resource for those who wish to have a comprehensive understanding of C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia". Everything that you come across throughout Narnia is given careful consideration, with reference to the specific page numbers in the books. I would highly recommend, to anyone who has interest in Narnia, to purchase this book.

On the down-side, the actual book that I received, new from Amazon, was of decidedly poor quality. It appears to have about a half-dozen pages, in the second half of the book, that were misprinted. The lower half of these pages were originally blank. In order to rectify this problem, someone decided to physically paste the missing information onto each affected page. I suppose I would rather have the information, than not, but I wasn't exactly pleased with the condition of the book.

Overall, purchasing the book would be a good investment for fans of Narnia. However, be forewarned about the quality of the book, when purchased from Amazon. It may or may not be their fault, but I normally expect a higher-quality of material than what I received from this purchase.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sir Read-A-Lot on March 5, 2006
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The Companion book is quite a good read if you are an adult. Narnia was written for kids, I bought the Narnia books for my kids and for me. The Companion to Narnia was really written for adults so was not much use to my kids (even the older one). The book does note in the introduction that it is meant for readers who have already read Narnia and are reading it again.
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From Aslan to Zardeenah and from Bree to Puddleglum, if you need a reference guide, than this totally exhaustive dive into the world of Narnia is for you! this book is a hefty 313 pages of enchanted information!
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