Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis by Colin Duriez

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:
  When I saw this book come up for review, I didn't pay enough attention to what it said. I saw C.S. Lewis and ordered it, thinking it was several of his stories. When I got it, I was surprised to find out it wasn't, and looked at the original email. Sure enough, it said it was exactly what it is: an A-Z encyclopedia of his writings.

  This book has everything Lewis wrote about and mentioned. The characters in Narnia are all in it. Places in Narnia. You name it, if it appeared in any of his writings, or was something to something he talked about, it is in this book.

  It is definitely not a book you're going to sit and read through, but if you are a big C.S. Lewis fan, it is a book you will enjoy, and is more of a resource, than a book to read for enjoyment. It would be nice to keep at hand when reading The Chronicles of Narnia, or any of his other works.

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).

The A-Z of C.S. Lewis is available from Lion Publishing.

Thanks to Litfuse for the review copy.