Friday, February 21, 2014

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

C.S. Lewis was a prolific writer with many characters, settings, and story lines to keep track of. He wrote books which ranged in type from children's books through theology and into science fiction. In this new book by Colin Duriez, readers can immediately look up any one of those characters, etc. and find information about it. This is "An encyclopedia of his life, thought, and writings." Why is that important? It introduces the reader to the many facets of Mr. Lewis and not simply one type of writing. The book is laid out in alphabetical order so that you can easily find things like "hrossa" and "Meldilorn," discover what work they are from, and learn a little about them. 

This is a really neat reference book. I love the idea of easily locating the characters and settings of the books I love by Mr. Lewis (Narnia), but also just flipping through and finding new things to read and books to pick up. It has certainly peaked my interest for more of his work. If you are a fan, or think you might be, this is a book for your reference shelf. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity for participation in the blog tour. 

Book Info

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.

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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, andTolkien 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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