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The Way Into Narnia: A Reader's Guide [Paperback]

By Peter J. Schakel (Author)
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In this introduction to "The Chronicles of Narnia," Schakel provides valuable guidance for first-time visitors to C.S. Lewis's Narnia as well as fresh insights for those who have traveled there often.

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The practical companion you need for your journey through C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia How did a middle-aged professor with no children write books that have become beloved classics of children's literature? What is the best order for reading the Chronicles of Narnia? Whatever one's question, The Way into Narnia offers valuable guidance for first-time visitors to Narnia and fresh insights for those who have already traveled there often. Exploring ideas from Lewis's friend J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter Schakel shows that the best way to enter Narnia is to read the Chronicles as fairy tales. After walking readers through each of the books, he concludes the tour with a unique section of annotations that clarify unfamiliar words and unusual passages.

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The Way Into Narnia: A Reader's Guide by Peter J. Schakel has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 11/15/2005 page 71
  • Voice of Youth Advocates - 04/01/2006 page 69

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   202
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Age  11-15
ISBN  0802829848  
ISBN13  9780802829849  

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More About Peter J. Schakel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter J. Schakel is Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of English at Hope College, Holland, Michigan. He has written or edited five previous books on C. S. Lewis, including two about the Chronicles of Narnia.

Peter J. Schakel currently resides in Holland, in the state of Michigan. Peter J. Schakel has an academic affiliation as follows - Hope College.

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One of the best Narnia commentaries  Jan 8, 2006
Having read the Chronicles of Narnia in excess of 25 times, I was amazed that Peter Schakel's _The Way Into Narnia_ inspired me to read them yet again. For many years I have read these books with my students in the order in which they were originally published because nothing thrills me more than hearing a child exclaim, "so THAT'S how the lampost got there!" This is a sentiment that readers are cheated of if they read them chronologically. Schakel makes this point in his book, along with several other, more scholarly reasons that I had not considered.
He also compares the versions of the books and supplies the reader with Lewis's alternate ending of the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Another plus is the "glossary" of archaic and British terms so often used by Lewis in the Chronicles.
_The Way Into Narnia_ is well written, readable in its own right, and is suitible for the first time reader and the Lewis scholar alike. A must read for any lover of Narnia.
The Way Into Narnia-A "Must" for all Narnia travelers and adventurers  Nov 6, 2005
Peter J. Schakel's "The Way Into Narnia: A Reader's Guide" is a fascinating, in-depth look into the beautiful realm of C. S. Lewis's land of Narnia. In each chapter Schakel develops and shapes the key underlying ideas that are hidden just under the surface of all seven of the Chronicles. Schakel's "Guide" is a great companion to use while reading the Narnia series. Not only is Schakel's approach intelligent and enlightening, but it is also fun and very user/reader-friendly. "The Way Into Narnia" is a treasure...I only wish I had it when I was reading Lewis's series the first time! Perfect for anyone wanting to learn what lies beneath the surface and have a clearer understanding of why Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia. Also quite helpful are the annotations and the chapter discussing the order of the series.
A guide written especially for first-time readers of Lewis' beloved classics of children's literature  Oct 6, 2005
Professor of English and internationally respected student of C.S. Lewis' work Peter Schakel presents The Way Into Narnia, a guide written especially for first-time readers of Lewis' beloved classics of children's literature. Suggesting that the best way to enter Narnia is to read the Chronicles of Narnia as fairy tales, The Way Into Narnia walks the reader through each of the seven books and concludes the tour with a section of annotations meant to clarify unfamiliar words and unusual written passages. Especially recommended for lay readers and beginning literature scholars seeking greater familiarity with the series, The Way Into Narnia is a highly recommended supplement for getting the most out of Lewis' immortal stories.


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