Saturday, February 22, 2014

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis: An encyclopedia of his life, thought and writings by Colin Duriez

                                                             About the book: 

A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis' works, from his literary criticism to Narnia.
C. S. Lewis's work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work-his children's stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis's life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man-written in 1943 and described as "almost my favorite"-to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.

My review: This is a fascinating book that combines such a wide range of topics related to Lewis, from characters he wrote to places he visited to ideas he held.  I especially like the asterisks that mark words in a description and that you can then look up those words if you want to find out more about that topic.  I enjoy cross-references; they can lead you down many an interesting bunny trail!  Most topics are about a paragraph, but some are quite a bit longer, such as the section on Tolkien, which is about four pages.  He also lists other books for further reading on Tolkien, which he does for some other topics.  There's a handy list of Lewis's writings in the back, along with a select list of books about Lewis.  I highly recommend this book if you're fascinated by Lewis as I am or just want to learn more about him!

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author: 

Colin Duriez was for many years a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on DVDs of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and BBC television's The Worlds of Fantasy. He is also the author of The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Story of Their Friendship, and Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and has contributed to definitive reference works relating to Tolkien such as The Tolkien Encyclopedia (Routledge).

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