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Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey beyond Narnia Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010
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Discover the far reaches of Narnia--and the mind of its creator
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis takes his Chronicles of Narnia readers on an exciting new adventure on the high seas, with fascinating new characters and conflicts. The world of Narnia is expanded--and so is the imagination.
Lewis scholar and author Devin Brown takes you through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader chapter by chapter, illuminating the features of C. S. Lewis's writing, providing supplemental information on Lewis's life and other books, offering comments and opinions from other students of Lewis, and uncovering the work's rich meanings.
Whether you're a longtime fan of the books or you've just encountered Narnia through the recent movies, you'll cherish this inside look at the most exciting Narnia tale yet.
"If Edmund were to finally receive a belated gift from Father Christmas, he would be lucky if it were a copy of my good friend Devin Brown's book. Like Lewis, Devin is somebody who adores great stories and effortlessly weaves them throughout his book. As a result, upon finishing Devin's book the reader is hungry not only to read more of Lewis, but to read more great literature. This book will surely be banned at Experiment House."--Michael Flaherty, president of Walden Media
Devin Brown is a Lilly Scholar and a professor of English at Asbury University. He has been regularly writing, teaching, and lecturing on Lewis for more than fifteen years and is the author of Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian.
About the Author
Devin Brown (PhD, University of South Carolina) is a Lilly scholar and professor of English at Asbury University. 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 Inside Prince Caspian and lives in Kentucky.
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Like with Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian, Brown walks the reader chapter-by-chapter through Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Unlike other books on Narnia, which often focus exclusively on the connections within Narnia to other aspects of Lewis's thought - or focus on explaining the literary sources for Lewis's mythical world - Brown also devotes considerable time treating the book as a work of master-class writing. Which it is.
Readers (like me) for whom VODT is the pinnacle of the Chronicles need not worry that Brown unweaves the book's powerful magic. Brown is a good writer himself and his commentary somehow still retains much of the excitement and charm of the primary source. As a critic, Brown adopts Lewis's model for criticism, which is wary of too much reading between the lines. Brown points out clear connections to Lewis's other work, illuminates the book's literary features and allusions, but avoids the "mare's nests" often caused by over-interpretation. This is a book that sends you back to the original with greater appreciation and enjoyment.
Recommended for book groups or high-school-and-up classrooms, and especially for serious fans of VODT, who are legion.