Saturday, February 22, 2014

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

I have always been a huge fan of C.S. Lewis's work, but there was so much I didn't know about him! In "The A-Z of C.S. Lewis" by Colin Duriez, readers are introduced to every aspect of Lewis's life, in Encyclopedia form! Although I definitely wouldn't consider this a light read, I greatly enjoyed reading this book in it's entirety!

Duriez gives readers a glimpse into C.S. Lewis's life including the circumstances surrounding his marriage to his wife, his adoption of her two sons, his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, and his many literary accomplishments. The author also explains characters, places and themes in the different books Lewis wrote, as well as Lewis's life before he came to know God. I had no idea that for a good portion of his life, Lewis was an atheist.

Probably what drew me to this book more than anything was my love for "The Chronicles of Narnia" series. I was eager to find out more about this author that had written my favorite books from childhood. Books that are still my favorite now that I am an adult! I feel that I learned so much about C.S. Lewis's character and his life just from reading this book. There is so much content in it, that I will most assuredly go back and re-read much of it! This book is truly a treasure to any C.S. Lewis fan, and I would highly recommend it! I rate this book as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Litfuse to give my honest unbiased opinion. To purchase a copy, please visit

About the Author:
Colin Duriez was a commissioning editor at Inter-Varsity Press UK for many years. He has subsequently appeared as a commentator on Peter Jackson's DVDs "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" and "Tolkien 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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