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Further Up & Further In
Understanding C. S. Lewis's the Lion, the Witch, And the Wardrobe

by Bruce Edwards

      Who wasn't intrigued and in awe when Lucy began her rummage through the coats in the mysterious wardrobe only to find herself in a snow-covered forest? Who wasn't caught up in the fear of the children when they were cornered by wolves? Anyone who has ever read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe felt themselves being sucked into a world so unlike our own that one couldn't help but be envious while reading about the children's adventures. Bruce Edwards, one of the leading experts on C.S. Lewis' writings, gives his readers a chance to see more than just what's on the surface by going nearly chapter by chapter through the thrilling beginning of the Chronicles of Narnia series and showing us just how "further up and further in" the road goes.

Even though the title of the book, Further Up & Further In, comes from the main theme of the last book in the series, titled The Last Battle, Edwards uses the ongoing symbolisms in the first book as a way to show the reader the true depths that can be obtained by shedding a little more light on the world that C.S. Lewis constantly inhabited.

I was excited when I was given a group of books about The Chronicles of Narnia to review and even more excited the moment I picked this one up. Edwards masterfully moves through each group of chapters, explaining each experience the children have as the adventure goes on, and even gives study questions that can be used in class or discussion groups. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is in need of material to aid them in finding the symbols in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, or even just to find out for your own benefit. It's definitely worth the time.

The Book

Broadman & Holman Publishers
October 2005
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The Reviewer

Carisa Weeaks
Reviewed 2006
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