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By Alan Jacobs

The White Witch, Aslan, fauns and conversing beasts, centaurs and epic battles among stable and evil -- these kinds of became part of our collective mind's eye during the vintage volumes of The Chronicles of Narnia. over the last part century, young children all over the place have escaped into this global and extremely joyful in its wonders and enchantments. but what we do comprehend of the fellow who created Narnia? This biography sheds new gentle at the making of the unique Narnian, C. S. Lewis himself.

Lewis used to be one of many highbrow giants of the 20 th century and arguably the main influential spiritual author of his day. An Oxford don and student of medieval literature, he enjoyed to discuss philosophy at his neighborhood pub, and his wartime proclaims at the fundamentals of Christian trust made him a star in his local Britain. but probably the most interesting facets of Clive Staples Lewis is still a secret. How did this middle-aged Irish bachelor flip to the writing of news for kids -- tales that may turn into one of the most well liked and cherished ever written?

Alan Jacobs masterfully tells the tale of the unique Narnian. From Lewis's early life days in eire twiddling with his brother, Warnie, to his awful reports within the trenches in the course of global struggle I, to his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien (and different contributors of the "Inklings"), and his awesome 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 impressive mind's eye. in the event you grew up with Narnia, or for these simply studying it, The Narnian tells a notable story of a guy who knew nice loss and nice satisfaction, yet who knew certainly that the realm holds way more richness and that means than the typical eye can see.

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