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Stomping grounds for apologetic genesis
on August 9, 2009
This is a beautiful publication suitable for display in any one's home. The photos depict the academic atmosphere that the Inklings, a group of men dedicated to theological thought and literature, lived and worked. The photography is well done and the information about the group is well presented. The pub that the group frequented,The Eagle and the Child, is photographed and described but most of the scenes are of Oxford. If you are interested in the works of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis or any of the other Inklings, it is very important to understand the background and the time period from which they come.
The history and background of people and places is combined to form a story that is as legendary as the works for which each of the members are remembered. Based on interviews with contemporaries and friends,there are quotes, memories and anecdotes that move the story from one scenic photograph to the next architectural one. The story moves to churches, gargoyles and graveyards. A discussion of when, where and who was a part of the group as a critic and support during the writing of the most well known of the authors' works moves the story along with photos of strategic sites for writing and contemplating the contents of these huge works. A discussion of CS Lewis' relationship and marriage to Joy Davidman is an important inclusion in this story. There is a nice appendix for a walking tour of Oxford and a map of key Inkling sites. This is something anyone would love to do after reading this publication.