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Beyond Narnia

This Thursday the new film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is coming to theaters (in 3D!). I have been waiting for this one for years. The previous two movies were enjoyable, certainly, but Dawn Treader is undeniably my favorite book of the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. Quest + swashbuckling + dragons + star people = pretty darn cool.

Most people agree that the Narnia books (and the movies) are awesome. However, there was a lot more to C.S. Lewis than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He was, by all accounts, a very interesting guy. He fought in World War I and was wounded in battle when he was still a teenager.

Lewis fell away from religion when he was a young man, only to rediscover it later in life and went on to write the Narnia series, which many consider to be a Christian allegory, as well as many works of theology and apologetics. (Interestingly, author Phillip Pullman purportedly disliked the religious aspects of Narnia so much that he wrote the His Dark Materials trilogy in response to it.)

Lewis studied at the prestigious Oxford University and earned highest honors in three separate areas of study.  It was when he became a professor at Oxford that Lewis met  J. R. R. Tolkien, a fellow teacher and the author of The Lord of the Rings.  Lewis and Tolkein became close friends and helped each other with their writing projects.

C. S. Lewis had lots of stories to tell. So if you’ve already read The Chronicles of Narnia (or even if you haven’t), here are some more worthy books to add to your “to read” list:

The Screwtape Letters

The Allegory of Love

Out of the Silent Planet

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

~Eva, CLP-Allegheny

One Response

  1. I didn’t read Narnia books but definitely I’ll see its latest review.

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