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The Keys to the Chronicles
Unlocking the Symbols of C.S. Lewis's Narnia

by Marvin D. Hinten

      C.S. Lewis is most widely known for his series, The Chronicles of Narnia. What a lot of avid readers may not know is that Lewis, before his adventure into writing fantasy and science fiction novels, was an avid Christian apologist who found a new depth in the processes of building faith and gaining knowledge. In Hinten's book, The Keys to the Chronicles, he explores the allusions and symbolism in the extraordinary series that made Lewis famous worldwide and even more respected by those in the literary and Christian communities.

Each chapter covers the allusions found in each book, beginning, of course, with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The next to the last chapter deals with allusions. Hinten covers the allusions of Narnia as well as its future. In the appendices in the back of the book, Hinten covers a brief history of C.S. Lewis and then covers the definition of what an allusion is, and why they're so important.

I've always been a huge fan of writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Being an English graduate, it's become second nature to dig through each word in order to find the author's true meaning and to have a book that goes so deeply into the true nature and meanings behind Lewis' writing was enough to make my eyes go cross-eyed in sheer joy. Using his knowledge of Lewis' background in Christian studies and apologetic writings, Hinten gives his readers a chance to see the world behind the world and understand just how beautifully deep Narnia really is.

The Book

Broadman & Holman
Oct 2005
Nonfiction /Christianity / Literature
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The Reviewer

Carisa Weeaks
Reviewed 2006
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