It’s no secret that I, how shall I say this, AM OBSESSED with all of C.S. Lewis’ writings. The A-Z of C.S. Lewis: An encyclopedia of his life, thought and writings by Colin Curiez is something I would have picked up while walking through a bookstore, so I quickly jumped at the chance to review it for this book tour.
Honest truth? If someone suggested having a night of C.S. Lewis trivia using this book, I wouldn’t be opposed to that idea.
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis’ works, from his literary criticism to Narnia
C. S. Lewis’s work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work—his children’s stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis’s life and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man—written in 1943 and described as “almost my favorite”—to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.
Want to discuss Ahoshta? You know, the elderly Tarkaan in The Horse and His Boy? Or we can also discuss Narnian planets. Or The Inklings. I’m still upset I wasn’t part of that circle of friendship.
I wish I could memorize this entire encyclopedia. I’d feel so nerdishly awesome spouting out random knowledge and I’m not embarrassed to admit that to the world wide web. I’m not!
This encyclopedia covers a vast array of Lewis topics. His writings, his personal life and career. It’s in alphabetical order, making it easy to look up topics and while there’s a significant amount of information, it’s easy to follow and not overwhelming. I enjoyed reading the discussion of themes in his work and the people and events who influenced him (one example – I know, I’m all about examples in this post – his mom and the impact of her death. Oh and did you know both him and Tolkien lost their moms at a young age???). Plus reading about characters in his books makes me want to reread them all over again!
After going through this encyclopedia, I’ve decided three things. 1. I want to go back to school and get doctorates in Lewis and Tolkien. Sigh… 2. I need one like this for Tolkien’s life. 3. I think I’m ready to teach at Oxford. Forget degrees. I’m sure they have an open spot. I’ll just head over there and see what happens…
If you enjoy C.S. Lewis, this is something to look into! Are you a C.S. Lewis fan? What are some of your favorites writings of his?
(Thank you Litfuse and Lion Hudson for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. Be sure to check out more of the tour here!)