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Inside Prince Caspian: A Guide to Exploring the Return to Narnia Paperback – January 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801068029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801068027
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,597,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Return to the land of Narnia for another adventure If you found Narnia through the wardrobe, you may think you know all there is to know about this mystical land. But you've only just begun the journey. In Prince Caspian, there is much more to discover. Tracing through Prince Caspian chapter by chapter, Devin Brown explores fascinating symbols, hidden meanings, and easily missed details that swirl in and around the return to Narnia--all to the delight of book lovers and film fans alike. If you're ready to be transported back into the magical world of Narnia, this careful literary analysis is where you should start. "Devin Brown's love for Narnia and his comprehensive knowledge of C. S. Lewis's oeuvre shine out from every page of Inside Prince Caspian. In its commitment to deepening and broadening the reader's understanding of Prince Caspian, Brown's literary criticism follows in the tradition of Lewis's own criticism."--Jonathan Rogers, author, The World According to Narnia "A splendid blending of scholarship and analysis, this book helps every reader understand C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian better than ever before. Devin Brown provides wisdom and insight in every chapter. He teaches us not only about C. S. Lewis as we go through the book but also about God, goodness, and life. A wonderful commentary!"--Marvin D. Hinten, author, The Keys to the Chronicles "Some books are wonderful, but very few are absolutely necessary. Devin Brown's Inside Prince Caspian and its predecessor, Inside Narnia, are both wonderful and absolutely necessary. I am thrilled they exist and recommend them with great enthusiasm and joy."--Eric Metaxas, author, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery Devin Brown is a professor of English at Asbury College. A C. S. Lewis aficionado, Brown has been regularly writing, teaching, and lecturing on Lewis for more than ten years. Brown is the author of Inside Narnia.

About the Author

Devin Brown (PhD, University of South Carolina) is a Lilly scholar and professor of English at Asbury College. A C. S. Lewis aficionado, Brown has been regularly writing, teaching, and lecturing on Lewis for more than ten years. Brown is the author of Inside Narnia and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

More About the Author

I was born and grew up with my two brothers on the south side of Chicago.

My wife Sharon and I have lived in six different states. Right after we got married, we taught in a girls boarding school in Connecticut.

Along the way, we both earned our Ph.D.'s at the University of South Carolina. Currently I am a Professor of English at Asbury University, and we (and Mr. Fluff) are quite happily settled in Lexington, Kentucky.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Inside Narnia was one of the many books published in advance of the most recent movie adaptation of C.S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. The book has proved a success, going through six printings since its release in 2005. In the book Devin Brown, a Lewis scholar and aficionado, offered a detailed look into the world of Narnia, digging far beyond the surface, and exploring this magical world. As I had just read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe with my children, I decided to read this as a commentary of sorts, to see what I had missed and what I would want to look for the next time I read the book. I learned more than I would have thought possible. Reading Inside Narnia greatly enhanced my understanding of C.S. Lewis, of the stories he wrote, and of the worlds he created. Because I so enjoyed Brown's first book, I was thrilled to see that he written a second book in anticipation of the imminent release of Prince Caspian, the second film in the Narnia series.

The book begins with an explanation of how Prince Caspian came to be. It will surprise many readers to know that Lewis first began another story that was intended to stand as the second in the series. But this book led to a false start and a story that was left unfinished. After wrestling for some time, Lewis experienced a burst of creativity and, in eighteen months, completed four new works, one of which was Prince Caspian. After providing the book's background, Brown looks to the film of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He lists three areas where he felt the movie improved upon the book and then several ways in which it falls short. He does this hoping that some of the oversights will be corrected in the film for Prince Caspian.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil Tallon on June 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Asbury College professor Devin Brown, author of Inside Narnia, has returned to Narnia again, this time dedicating an entire volume to the second book in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles series, Prince Caspian.

Lewis's popular children's series has now warranted two major Hollywood adaptations, but some may wonder if the delightful fantasy books deserve two scholarly examinations which are intended for a more serious audience.

Perhaps more simply, we may ask, "Why write a book for adults, about a book directed toward children?"

Appropriately, it is C. S. Lewis himself who is a supporter of Brown's scholarly endeavor. More than any other writer in recent memory (except perhaps J.R.R. Tolkien), Lewis worked to dispel the stigma which surrounded reading fairy tales. In 1952, Lewis wrote, "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret, and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so... When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."

In his own way, Brown establishes the legitimacy of a book-length treatment in Inside Prince Caspian by noting again and again the deep connections between Lewis's fairy tales and the wider world of literature.

As he notes in the introduction, Brown takes a literary approach to Lewis's work. Like Lewis, Brown earns his living as a Professor of English, which positions him well to explore Prince Caspian's connections to the world of mythology and fairy stories.

Viewers of the recent film adaptation of Prince Caspian will be aware of the mythological creatures with which Lewis fills the world of Narnia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 26, 2008
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C.S. Lewis is my favorite author of all time and the Chronicles of Narnia are my favorite books of all time. Like many fans of Lewis, I was excited about the May 2008 release of PRINCE CASPIAN. PRINCE CASPIAN is a darker and much deeper book than the first book in the series, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE. Having read PRINCE CASPIAN several times, I wanted to know even more about the book, especially with the release of the motion picture. When I heard about Devin Brown's INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN, it sounded just like the type of work I was looking for and I decided to check it out.

INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN is an in-depth look at Lewis' PRINCE CASPIAN. The book is divided into 15 chapters, one for each one of the chapters of Lewis' book. INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN also includes an introduction where the author explains how he came to write the book, makes a brief statement about the movie version of THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, a statement about why the books are not allegories, and the author's opinion on which order the books should be read. Each of the fifteen chapters following the introduction take examine the chapter they are examining in detail. References to scripture, history, Lewis' life, and other influences upon the text and what the text means are discussed in detail.

Academically, INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN is a book of literary analysis. Many people think of literary analysis of being boring, dull, confusing, and not very exciting. That is not the case with INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN. The book really makes Lewis' original story come to life even more and illustrates why the story is still relevant and popular today.

If you enjoy PRINCE CASPIAN, I highly suggest reading INSIDE PRINCE CASPIAN. After reading it, you might find for yourself, as Lucy did with Aslan, that the story grows much bigger than when you first read it.
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