The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
Great, and detailed, account of Lewis's life. And yes, apropos, with the very good film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Very enjoyable. I listened to the the audio version (read by the author) that I got from Audible - fun to hear, and I'll always think of the book and how I listened to it skating around the Roseville Mn "Oval." Also I enjoyed listening on my daily walk to/from work, especially when he discussed how "walking trips" were such a feature in the lives of men like Lewis and Tolkien, then noted that Narnian and Middle Earth stories were essentially accounts of bands of friends and companions on long walks.Library JournalThere have been a number of biographies of Lewis over the years by the likes of Walter Hooper, A.N. Wilson, and George Sayer. This new study stands out from the lot in that it covers more than just the facts of Lewis's life. Jacobs (literature, Wheaton Coll.) aims to unravel the origins of Lewis's imagination and write a life of the mind. He is interested in tracing how a child from Ulster grew up to become an Oxford don and a great Christian thinker. Jacobs doesn't overlook Lewis's shortcomings either, aptly demonstrating how some of his best work was produced at the most difficult times in his life. Occasionally sympathetic but mostly balanced, this riveting biography is destined to become a standard work on Lewis for some time. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.