Jam-packed with critical insights and historical context, this discussion of C.S. Lewiss Chronicles of Narnia from Millers double perspectivesas the wide-eyed child who first read the books and an agnostic adult who revisits themis intellectually inspiring but not always cohesive. Finding her distrust of Christianity undermined by her love of Lewiss indisputably Christian-themed world, Salon.com cofounder and staff writer Miller seeks to recapture [Narnias] old enchantment. She replaces lost innocence with understanding, visiting Lewiss home in England, reading his letters and books (which she quotes extensively) and interviewing readers and writers. Lengthy musings on Freudian analysis of sadomasochism, J.R.R. Tolkiens Anglo-Saxon nationalism and taxonomies of genre share space with incisive and unapologetic criticism of Lewiss treatment of race, gender and class. The heart of the book is in the first-person passages where Miller recalls longing to both be and befriend Lucy Pevensie and extols Narnias shining wonders. Her reluctant reconciliation with Lewiss and Narnias imperfections never quite manages to be convincing, but anyone who has endured exile from Narnia will recognize and appreciate many aspects of her journey. (Dec. 3)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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