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The A-Z of C S Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings Hardcover – November 1, 2013
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Colin Duriez is a widely respected authority on Tolkien and a regular speaker at Tolkien conferences. He is the author of The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia, A Field Guide to Narnia, The Inklings Handbook, and Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, among others.
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Author Colin Duriez, a scholar who is well versed in all things C.S. Lewis, has compiled a volume which he has titled The A-Z of C.S. Lewis. Within this 350-page assemblage are dictionary-like entries of facts, names, literary titles and just about everything related to Clive Staples Lewis. From “Abhalljin” (a fictional island) to “Zardeenah” (a moon goddess), Duriez defines and explains scores of topics, linking many of them with cross references. Most of Lewis’ books are summarized or described, which is an effective way to educate the reader who is unfamiliar with particular titles. Biographical entries are also included, giving us background on who he was and the life he led.
While The A-Z of C.S. Lewis appears to be a standard reference book, I found it to be oddly addicting as I perused its pages. A great number of the listings have the aforementioned cross references, and as I would enjoy one entry, the cross reference would lead me to examine a related one. That next listing would be linked to yet another item, leading me on again into Lewis’ world. Many readers of this title may not choose to read it straight through from the first page to the last, but over time it would be fairly easy to cover the majority of the content through the cross references alone.
In 1998 I made my first online transaction with Amazon.com. By book of choice was The Quotable Lewis by Martindale and Root. I loved reading each entry, getting nibbles and snacks of Lewis along the way. It remains one of my favorite Lewis-related titles to this day. Duriez’s dictionary is much in the same vein. It can be used as a research tool for one who is looking for information on specific topics in Lewis’ life, but reading it for pure pleasure is also a likely choice. The A-Z of C.S. Lewis is excellent for the novice and will be a delight for seasoned Lewis fans. Duriez’s work is not only a labor of love, but a resource for the world as well.
(A copy of this title was provided by Litfuse Publicity for review purposes only.)
Duriez gives readers a glimpse into C.S. Lewis's life including the circumstances surrounding his marriage to his wife, his adoption of her two sons, his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, and his many literary accomplishments. The author also explains characters, places and themes in the different books Lewis wrote, as well as Lewis's life before he came to know God. I had no idea that for a good portion of his life, Lewis was an atheist.
Probably what drew me to this book more than anything was my love for "The Chronicles of Narnia" series. I was eager to find out more about this author that had written my favorite books from childhood. Books that are still my favorite now that I am an adult! I feel that I learned so much about C.S. Lewis's character and his life just from reading this book. There is so much content in it, that I will most assuredly go back and re-read much of it! This book is truly a treasure to any C.S. Lewis fan, and I would highly recommend it! I rate this book as 5 stars.
I received this book for free from Litfuse to give my honest unbiased opinion.
Overall I highly recommend this book, I give it an A+. It would be a fantastic gift for a pastor, or your uncle that absolutely loves C.S. Lewis. The A-Z of C.S. Lewis would be an excellent addition to any library private, or professional.
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