"A close literary analysis in a scholarly, yet accessible manner, centering arguments around the belief that most Narnia books are primarily devotional rather than literary. Often reads like an engaging running commentary rather than a mere collection of essays. Highly recommended,"---Library Journal. 224 pages, softcover. Baker.
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Customer Reviews for Inside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey Beyond Narnia
Review 1 for Inside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey Beyond Narnia
Date:November 23, 2011
This is a clear, insightful, and interesting book. Anyone who loves C. S. Lewis or Narnia will enjoy this and will enjoy Lewis's works even more after reading it. Highly Recommended!
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Review 2 for Inside The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: A Guide to Exploring the Journey Beyond Narnia
Best Commentary Series on Narnia
Date:October 28, 2010
Devin Brown's Inside Narnia series is three sevenths of the way to becoming the only *complete* commentary on the Narnia books. It is already the best.
Like with Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian, Brown walks the reader chapter-by-chapter through Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Unlike other books on Narnia, which often focus exclusively on the connections within Narnia to other aspects of Lewis's thought - or focus on explaining the literary sources for Lewis's mythical world - Brown also devotes considerable time treating the book as a work of master-class writing. Which it is.
Readers (like me) for whom VODT is the pinnacle of the Chronicles need not worry that Brown unweaves the book's powerful magic. Brown is a good writer himself and his commentary somehow still retains much of the excitement and charm of the primary source. As a critic, Brown adopts Lewis's model for criticism, which is wary of too much reading between the lines. Brown points out clear connections to Lewis's other work, illuminates the book's literary features and allusions, but avoids the "mare's nests" often caused by over-interpretation. This is a book that sends you back to the original with greater appreciation and enjoyment.
Recommended for book groups or high-school-and-up classrooms, and especially for serious fans of VODT, who are legion.