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By Alan Jacobs

The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and speaking beasts, centaurs and epic battles among sturdy and evil -- these types of became part of our collective mind's eye in the course of the vintage volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. over the last part century, childrens all over have escaped into this international and overjoyed in its wonders and enchantments. but what we do recognize of the fellow who created Narnia? This biography sheds new mild at the making of the unique Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself.

Lewis was once one of many highbrow giants of the 20 th century and arguably the main influential non secular author of his day. An Oxford don and pupil of medieval literature, he enjoyed to discuss philosophy at his neighborhood pub, and his wartime declares at the fundamentals of Christian trust made him a celeb in his local Britain. but probably the most exciting features of Clive Staples Lewis continues to be a secret. How did this middle-aged Irish bachelor flip to the writing of reports for kids -- tales that might develop into one of the hottest and liked ever written?

Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the tale of the unique Narnian. From Lewis's adolescence days in eire fiddling with his brother, Warnie, to his awful studies within the trenches in the course of global warfare I, to his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien (and different contributors of the "Inklings"), and his striking late-life marriage to pleasure Davidman, Jacobs lines the occasions and other people that formed Lewis's philosophy, theology, and fiction. the result's even more than a standard biography of Lewis: Jacobs tells the tale of a profound and notable mind's eye. when you grew up with Narnia, or for these simply researching it, The Narnian tells a striking story of a guy who knew nice loss and nice satisfaction, yet who knew mainly that the realm holds way more richness and that means than the common eye can see.

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