The Chronicles of Narnia have introduced people of all ages to the central doctrines and beliefs of the Christian faith. Preparing for the release of the second film in the series Devin Brown guides readers through the follow-up novel to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. As he did in the successful Inside Narnia, Brown takes readers through Prince Caspian chapter by chapter, illuminating the features of C. S. Lewis's writing, providing supplemental information on Lewis's life and other books, offering comments and opinions from other Lewis scholars, and uncovering the work's rich meanings. If you're ready to venture back into the magical world of Narnia, this careful literary analysis is the perfect place to start.
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Review 1 for Inside Prince Caspian
Date:December 31, 2010
Excellent movie and series!:) Especially good clean series for children.
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Review 2 for Inside Prince Caspian
Date:June 3, 2008
What does it mean for a book to have its own book? Perhaps, it is the literary analogue of a celebrity having her own entourage: a sign of wealth and power which attract opportunists. Ive certainly seen a few books like this in my day. Even works devoted to C. S. Lewis can sometimes fall into the moocher category.Then there is another kind of book about a book. C. S. Lewiss own Preface to Paradise Lost, for instance, takes as its aim the illumination of the primary material without getting in the way of our enjoyment. It is hard to know what to call this sort of book. Because of our American egalitarianism we have few words for a servant that are positive descriptors. Perhaps we could call these Sherpa books: books that help us along in some greater task. Devin Browns Inside Prince Caspian, then, is a sherpa book, helping us to journey through Prince Caspian with renewed appreciation and deeper insight.Some Narnia fans might, of course, question the need for a scholarly guide to a book which can be comfortably read by a 10-year-old. As Brown shows, though anyone can read the book with pleasure and understand the story (what happens to whom) the themes Lewis weaves through the book (Providence, for instance) bear up under scrutiny - repaying the readers attention with additional insight.I find it a little surprising that some reviewers have taken umbrage with the notion of a scholarly treatment of Narnia, given that Lewis himself wrote literary analysis about other stories. But also because of how closely Lewis interweaves his own thoughts on faith, providence, and morality into all of his works. Owen Barfield once said of Lewis that what he thought about anything was secretly present in what he said about anything. This is no less true of Prince Caspian than of any other work by Lewis, and so it is helpful (for those who want to truly understand Lewiss work) to have such an accessible academic book available to us.
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Review 3 for Inside Prince Caspian
Date:May 28, 2008
A wonderful book! Surprisingly, unlike other Narnia study books, it was very interesting and I read it like a novel! Everything you ever wanted to know about the book Prince Caspian is certianly here. It truely has many eye-opening points. Excellant book!