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The Keys to the Chronicles: Unlocking the Symbols of C. S. Lewis's Narnia Paperback – October, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers; 1st edition (October 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805440283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805440287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was amazed as I read this work in the way author Marvin Hinton explains in simple terms the many hidden meanings in the writings of C.S. Lewis.

In this work he explains how there is more than meets the eye in Mr.Lewis's writing and shares with the reader what is below the surface of many characters and events; such as the resurrection of Aslan the lion, but that is just the beginning of the many tid-bits that await you between these pages. Outstanding!

How did Mr. Lewis come up with the names of his characters and what really is their significance and meaning? Is the Garden of Eden and the journey of mankind akin to what you are reading? Are there mystical and magical names and events, places and people intertwined with Biblical? You'll find out in this book.

This is a very in-depth look into the symbols that Mr. Lewis used in his writing and certainly a must have for those who have asked these questions and more. You will find yourself turning pages to find out the answers to your questions. Very well done, easy to read and understand and very informative. Recommended for all serious C.S. Lewis fans.

Shirley Johnson

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MidWest Book Review
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is another one of the four great books being published by Broadman & Holman this autumn about C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia.

Are you a fan of C.S. Lewis' fantasy stories? Have you ever wondered about the hidden meanings in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe? What does "Aslan" mean and represent? In what way are the Narnia chronicles complex and religious in nature? This little book, written in a reader-friendly manner anybody can understand and enjoy, "unlocks" the riddles within the world of Narnia.

The Chronicles of Narnia are children fantasy stories, yet they're so filled with allegories, symbolism and allusions that many scholarly books have been written on the subject. According to Hinten, these stories, as many other great children's stories like Alice and Wonderland and Huckleberry Finn, operate on two levels--one deceivingly simple for children, the other complex and sophisticated for adults, permeated with references to literature, Christianity, linguistics, mythology, and history.

The book includes interesting quotes from Lewis about the creation of the Chronicles, especially about The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. At the end of the book there's a brief background about Lewis's life.

This book is particularly helpful because, as Hinten, states, Lewis was one of the most allusive writers of the 20th century, but he was also very subtle, so his allusions are seldom overt and can go unnoticed by the average reader.

Perfect for Lewis's fans and a must-buy for students, teachers and book clubs, The Keys to the Chronicles is a useful reference work that won't disappoint readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By honeybee on May 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I found this book at the bookstore where I worked a few months on the campus of Friends University. The author is an English professor there, as well as an expert on all things Narnian.

The Chronicles of Narnia is my favorite fiction series (closely followed by Dee Henderson's O'Malley series, Walter Farley's Black Stallion books and the old Nancy Drew novels). Having read them as an adult, I noticed a lot of the symbolism and allegory in the books. But Dr. Hinten opened my eyes to even more of C.S. Lewis' hidden layers through this wonderful discussion of allusions in the Chronicles.

This is a must-have in any Narnia fan's library. It is a fun and easy read, which will deepen your appreciation for Lewis' art and whimsey. If you are a literature student, this would be a vital reference for any research project on the Chronicles. It might even be a good book to give a teen who is reading through the series, so explain some of the things they might not understand or appreciate otherwise.
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