A Field Guide to Narnia, By Colin Duriez

A Field Guide to Narnia

by Colin Duriez
Foreword by Brian Sibley

A Field Guide to Narnia
  • Length: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: June 02, 2004
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3207
  • ISBN: 9780830832071

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Are you traveling to Narnia?

No matter if this is your first visit to C. S. Lewis's wonderful fantasy world or if you've been there many times, you'll want to bring along this handy companion to the landscape and inhabitants of Narnia, including an A-to-Z guide to characters, places, objects and events. From Narnia expert Colin Duriez you'll learn

  • more about the mind behind Narnia
  • how Narnia relates to other imaginative worlds and children?s literature
  • about the history within the stories of Narnia
  • how Narnia fits into Lewis's other work

Duriez also takes up some the sticky questions that you may be left wondering about, such as the destiny of Susan. His book will help you dig deeper into the series and its implications for understanding the Christian life.

"Since the books are now classics and since their creator has become one of the most pondered-over, written-about, analyzed and deconstructed authors of the twentieth century, the more curious reader will find it helpful and instructive to have a reliable guide on hand when exploring the lands that lie "between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea. "One could not wish for a better traveling companion than a preeminent commentator such as Colin Duriez, who combines a richly mined knowledge--sharply focused by wisdom and understanding--of both the world and the worlds of C. S. Lewis, and shares it with a passionate but clear-sighted enthusiasm that is as effortless as it is authoritative. "So before you step into that wardrobe (and remember, 'as every sensible person does, that you should never, never shut yourself in a wardrobe'), pop A Field Guide to Narnia in your pocket and you will undoubtedly see that land with new eyes, perhaps even respond to it with a new heart."

Brian Sibley, author of C. S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands

"Colin Duriez in his Field Guide to Narnia provides profound insight into the brilliant mind and prolific writings of C. S. Lewis. By carefully interweaving the life experiences of Lewis with an analysis of his vast body of scholarly and popular works--especially his Chronicles of Narnia--Mr. Duriez provides the reader with new understanding and a strong motivation to read or reread this always fascinating Oxford Don."

Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr., author of The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life


Foreword by Brian Sibley
Abbreviations and Symbols of Reference

Part One: The Creation of Narnia
1. The Life of C. S. Lewis
2. The Background to the Chronicles of Narnia
3. Aslan, Narnia and Orthodoxy
4. Worldviews and Narnia
5. Literary Features of the Chronicles
6. Themes, Concepts and Images in Narnia

Part Two: All About the Chronicles of Narnia
7. An Overview of the Chronicles of Narnia
8. The History of Narnia
9. The Geography of Narnia
10. Other Writings of C. S. Lewis in a Narnian Context
11. A Who's Who of the Making of Narnia

Part Three: The A-Z of Narnia

Appendix: A Brief Chronology of C. S. Lewis


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Colin Duriez

Colin Duriez has taught, written and spoken worldwide on C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and the Inklings for nearly thirty years. In addition to winning the Clyde S. Kilby Award in 1994 for his research, he has also appeared as a commentator on the extended-version film DVDs of the Lord of the Rings trilogy (Peter Jackson, director), PBS's The Question of God, which compared C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, and the Sony DVD Ringers about Tolkien fandom and the impact of Tolkien on popular culture. Duriez studied at the University of Istanbul, the University of Ulster (where he was a founding member of the Irish Christian Study Centre), and under Francis Schaeffer at L'Abri in Huemoz, Switzerland. His best-known books include The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia, The Inklings Handbook (with the late David Porter), J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, and A Field Guide to Narnia. Duriez also compiled The Poetic Bible, an anthology of English verse from over one thousand years based on the biblical text.