Item description for Not-a-Tame Lion: Unveil Narnia Through the Eyes of Lucy, Peter, and other Characters Created by C. S. Lewis by Bruce L. Edwards...
Travel to the land of Narnia for the first time - or the eightieth - and discover anew the depths and insights that make C. S. Lewis's classic series the treasure it has been for decades.
A study of the spiritual world of Narnia as seen through the main characters' interactions with Aslan the Lion.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414303815 ISBN13 9781414303819
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More About Bruce L. Edwards
BRUCE L. EDWARDS is Professor and Associate Dean at Bowling Green State University. His works include The C. S. Lewis Readers Encyclopedia, for which he served on the editorial board and wrote 25 entries, The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Critic, Reader, and Imaginative Writer; Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual World of Narnia; and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Reviews - What do customers think about Not-a-Tame Lion: Unveil Narnia Through the Eyes of Lucy, Peter, and other Characters Created by C. S. Lewis?
Fresh Light on Narnia Feb 28, 2006
The vision of Not a Tame Lion is rooted in this thesis: "We most accurately discern the spiritual worlds of Narnia in the biography of Aslan."(xvii) Author Bruce Edwards notes the dangers of becoming occupied with secondary sources, yet he also points to the need C.S. Lewis saw "to consult a map before we set out." In this book Dr. Edwards seeks to provide a map of spiritual and moral qualities in Narnia as seen through the eyes of its characters.
Not a Tame Lion begins, after a brief prologue, with a biography of C.S. Lewis, the Inklings and the origins of Narnia. Chapter two dives into the tension between Aslan not being safe, but still being good. Aslan is met as savior and protector in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (LWW) and as creator in The Magician's Nephew (MN).
Subsequently, Dr. Edwards explores numerous spiritual traits found in the Narnian chronicles. First is valor, in Chapter 3, in the Pevensie children, Prince Caspian, Jill Pole and Puddleglum in The Silver Chair (SC), and Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer in MN. Next, in Chapter 4, "victory over vanity" explores the transformations of Eustace, Caspian, and Lucy in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," as well as Shasta and Aravis in The Horse and His Boy.
Chapter 5 turns to the dark side of Narnia where we meet villainy in Jadis (LWW, MN), the White Witch or self-described "Queen of Narnia," Uncle Andrew (MN), The Queen of the Underland (SC), and Nikabrik (PC). However, vindication is found in the next chapter as it curves to the return and triumph of Aslan in The Last Battle. The epilogue looks "after Narnia" toward the relationship of reason and imagination in light of "Narnian apologetics."
The only factor that detracts from this great book is the very last portion of the epilogue in which Dr. Edwards "records" a conversation he had with C.S. Lewis while surfing the Internet. Though the content of the discussion is interesting, it leaves the book on an awkward note, distracting the reader from the rest of the book.
Lewis had the power to awaken and fascinate our hibernating longings with few words, and Bruce Edwards follows him in that tradition. In this book, Dr. Edwards brings out the vibrant virtues and vices of Narnia in a manner that amplifies the great truths with which Lewis worked. With the exception of the last segment of the epilogue, Not a Tame Lion is a treasure among the plethora of books on Narnia.
Good Lewis Quotes, Tacky Ending Jan 13, 2006
This book was an enjoyable reminder of many aspects of the Narnia chronicles. It didn't really provide much new insight (a second reading of the Chronicles would have probably been a better use of time), but the themes Edwards chose provided a nice organizational frame.
I found the final section very troublesome. It presents an alleged conversation between Edwards and the ghost (?) of Lewis (as "Jack"), who Edwards claims conversed with him via an online pop-up screen. Presented as factual, I feel this tactic is quite dishonest. Even if I was a believer in online ghosts, I would have a hard time understanding why "Jack" routinely interrupts Edwards, a feature I didn't think possible in an online chat forum.... Even if this section had been presented as a fictional account, I would have found it presumptuous of the author to put words into the mouth of C.S. Lewis.
Not a Tame Lion - A Good Book Oct 3, 2005
This was a very enjoyable read. It gave meaningful insight into Lewis' relationship to the genre of fantasy, it drew interesting parallels between revelation and The Chronicles, and was written in very polished prose.
If there is one element of the book I found a little difficult, it was the circuitous method in which very disparate parts of The Chronicles were strung together to push forth a common theme. But Edwards finished each chapter with a summary that brought it all together convincingly.
The end has a very cool part (was it true?) that is very 21st century. Very interestingly done.....
Very enjoyable read, I am glad to have it on a shelf in my home.