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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomping grounds for apologetic genesis
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...
Published on August 9, 2009 by Holly Ross

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3.0 out of 5 stars Suggest a new title: The Oxford of the Inklings
This book takes the reader for a visit to the Oxford of the Inklings, a society that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Contemporary and historical photographs are complemented by text that provides context and background information on the various members of the group. This book may have been more appropriately titled The Oxford of the Inklings as it is not a...
Published on July 26, 2009 by Sheri Dillinger


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suggest a new title: The Oxford of the Inklings, July 26, 2009
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This review is from: The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends (Paperback)
This book takes the reader for a visit to the Oxford of the Inklings, a society that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Contemporary and historical photographs are complemented by text that provides context and background information on the various members of the group. This book may have been more appropriately titled The Oxford of the Inklings as it is not a comprehensive history of the Inklings, but rather more of a guide to the places where the Inklings lived, worked and gathered. Inklings fans visiting Oxford will appreciate the maps of walking tours that lead one through the streets of the city and highlight places of interest that relate to this intriguing group of friends.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stomping grounds for apologetic genesis, August 9, 2009
This review is from: The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends (Paperback)
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning photography, June 16, 2009
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This review is from: The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends (Paperback)
The vast amount of detailed photographs of Oxford make this book a must-have for any fan of the Inklings or Oxford itself. Each page has full color, beautiful illustrations that make this a lovely book to set out on a coffee table. While the text itself leaves something to be desired (sometimes condescending; sometimes overly simplistic), the book as a whole is a lovely visit to a beautiful city. Possibly the most valuable aspect of the book is the last section of suggested tours for the individual who wishes to walk around Oxford herself and visit Inkling-related sites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inklings at their best., January 1, 2010
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This is a wonderful book. Oxford, Lewis and friends at their best. The photographs are a great addition. I've read this book three times..always something new.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inklings of Oxford; C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Friends, December 1, 2009
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It is difficult to decide if this book is a great story with magnificant pictures, or a photo book with an interesting story. Either way, this edition would be of strong interest to C.S. Lewis fans as well as J.R.R. Tolkien fans. It is an in-depth look at the lives of the scholars who faithfully gathered as a literary social club in Oxford for many years. Their lives, their loves, and their literary genius are detailed in photography and narrative. In addition, we have a glimpse of other noted authors, including Charles Williams, Lord David Cecil, producer Nevill Coghill, Hugo Dyson, Colin Hardie, and Warnie Lewis. If one cannot physically enjoy the walking tours of Oxford and Headington (as mapped out at the back of the book), in the steps of some of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, this book is a beautiful alternative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent, pictorial overview of the Inklings, September 14, 2009
This review is from: The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends (Paperback)
It has been a while since I have read anything of C.S. Lewis'. I am, however, listening to an audio course that carries one through the life and works of C.S. Lewis. Lewis was a very interesting man, and his writings are the same. One can learn much by reading the writings of Lewis. It is for this reason that I'm glad to have been offered this opportunity to review The Inklings of Oxford.
First of all, I must say that this book is in the form of a coffee table book. It is well bound and in a durable cover.
The photography is excellent. All the while that I read the book I was wishing I could be in Oxford seeing all of the places that are pictured in the book.
Each photo has a caption that tells of the relationship between the place photographed and the Inklings.
The text is very well written and engages the reader enough to bring them into the lives of the Inklings and help them know and understand both them and their background.
I am not sure how one would classify this book. It is to some extent biographical, but it is not the biography of any particular person; it is about the Inklings. It is to some extent historical, but it is not the history of a nation or a city; it is about the Inklings. It is not photography only; again, it is about the Inklings. Perhaps we should give it a genre of its own and simply call it the genre of the Inklings?
I do know this, however, whether one already knows all there is to know about Lewis, Tolkien, and the other Inklings, or whether they are new to the subject, this book is a wonderful read and an excellent overview of this group.
I heartily recommend it to lovers of Lewis and Tolkien.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant visual and intellectual insight into the world and dreams of the Inklings., January 26, 2011
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Reading'The Inklings of Oxford' is like taking a walking tour through Oxford with some of the greatest literary minds and free spirits of the 20th Century. The book leaves one with a feel and inner knowledge of the men and the place where they lived, wrote, taught, lifted cups,and laughed and argued together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!, September 5, 2010
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I have this book on my Kindle...and it's beautiful
in the smaller version!
Gave a hard copy to a friend and fellow
C.S.Lewis fan...she's on her way to Oxford...
she loved it! Hope to be in Oxford this next year...
will be following the pictures...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inklings' Land, September 1, 2010
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This review is from: The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends (Paperback)
So on this rainy and blustery evening I cozied up on my couch to read this gem of a book and really enjoyed myself. This is not a book for most folks, but for Lewis or Tolkien fans (the other inklings are not covered as in depth as CSL and JRRT) this book is a must have. The first part of chapter one is very much about Oxford and meaning of the place, so, like another reviewer, it wouldn't be wrong to title it The Oxford of the Inklings. Even so, the topic quickly turns to Lewis and his literary cohorts, following the conventional biographical sketch fans have come to know. A few new pieces of biography are included, really anecdotes and tid bits, but on the whole no new paths are tread. However, and this is what makes the book so wonderful, the unique photos (and locations) are very lush and bring their environs right to life. As a photographic biography of Oxford (and the Kilns and Cambridge) as it relates to the Inklings the book is unique and remarkable. With a coffee table size and format, you could gain a great deal of pleasure from reading the captions about so many odd and overlooked places which hosted important and mundane aspects of the Inklings' lives to which you would not have access otherwise. Several maps are included for walking trips. It is very detailed.

So if you are like me and you love to know odd facts and details and put images to the names of places, you can ask for no better. I wish I had read this book before going to England. It will enhance my next trip for sure.

Other books of interest may include: THROUGH JOY AND BEYOND, Inklings (The Oxford Chronicles), C. S. Lewis: Images of His World (look for the first edition), Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis, Christian Mythmakers: C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, George Madonald, G.K. Chesterton, and Others, The Magic Never Ends - The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis (which is the excellent dvd), the book, The Magic Never Ends The Life And Works Of C.s. Lewis [Hardcover] and Touring C.S. Lewis' Ireland & England.

Enjoy to journey!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review: The Inklings of Oxford, October 19, 2009
This review is from: The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends (Paperback)
Would you like to tour the landscape that inspired the works of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien? Perhaps you have always wondered where much of the inspiration for The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings originated.

In The Inklings of Oxford: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Their Friends, by Harry Lee Poe (text) and James Ray Veneman (photography), you will find such a treasure.

Much has been written of the writing group named the `Inklings' whose notable members include C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, however, none that include such stunning photos of the landscapes where these classic were first conceived, written and critiqued by other members prior to publishing.

Each chapter is filled with historical information and little known facts. Of the friendship between Lewis and Tolkien, I found this quote on page 35 quite interesting: "Though Lewis had the capacity for immediate friendship, he found Tolkien more of an acquired taste." Describing the `Inklings' name, Tolkien is quoted on page 56 as stating it is a group of"...people with vague or half-formed intimation and ideas plus those who dabble in ink."

Reading of this group and the atmosphere that inspired such classics, I found myself very interested in what conversations might have taken place at a gathering of the `Inklings'. Other friends are mentioned and their affect also noted; friends such as Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and Hugo Dyson, and, of course, Joy Davidson.

Filled with beautiful photography (many full page photos and some two pages), a true fan of both Tolkien and Lewis will notice the Oxford landmarks that made their way into both series of works.

The book concludes with a walking tour of Oxford. Quite a delightful addition for those who have not yet or may never be able to visit Oxford.

Being admirers of the Inklings work for many years, when this book arrived at our home for review, my husband and I spent the evening enjoying the photos, walking the tour, and discussing the Oxford landmarks that made their way into both Tolkiens' and Lewis' works.

This coffee table book would make an excellent gift for fans of the Inklings work. I recommend it highly.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
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