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Travel with C S Lewis: The creator of Narnia and most quoted Christian of the 20th Century (Day One Travel Guides) [Paperback]

By Ronald W. Bresland (Author)
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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   DAY ONE PUBLICATIONS #1219
ISBN  1846250560  
EAN  9781846250569  


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When C S Lewis grandfather, Richard Lewis, handcarved a wardrobe out of black oak to adorn his family home, he had little idea that it would provide his grandson with the inspiration for one of the worlds bestloved childrens stories. The wardrobe stood for a time in the family home in Belfast, exerting a curious attraction for the children in the house. Two girls (both cousins of Lewis) remember sitting inside it, the door ajar, while the young C S Lewis held them spellbound with his stories. This young storyteller would become the author of one of the most famous books in the history of childrens literature, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. How God turned the atheistic C S Lewis into the most widelyquoted Christian writer of the twentieth century is as fascinating a story as any of the tales he told at that wardrobe door over a century ago.

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When C S Lewis grandfather, Richard Lewis, hand-carved a wardrobe out of black oak to adorn his family home, he had little idea that it would provide his grandson with the inspiration for one of the worlds best-loved childrens stories. The wardrobe stood for a time in the family home in Belfast, exerting a curious attraction for the children in the house. Two girls both cousins of Lewis remember sitting inside it, the door ajar, while the young C S Lewis held them spellbound with his stories. This young storyteller would become the author of one of the most famous books in the history of childrens literature, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. How God turned the atheistic C S Lewis into the most widely-quoted Christian writer of the twentieth century is as fascinating a story as any of the tales he told at that wardrobe door over a century ago.

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A magical tour of 'Lewisiana' in Ireland and Britain  Mar 13, 2008
Ronald Bresland's Travel With C S Lewis falls rather pleasingly to the hand and eye in the manner of a lavishly illustrated tourist guide. It explores the evocative landscapes and centres of learning in Ireland and Britain which form the stage upon which Lewis's early life and later slow journey to Christian faith are set, and introduces the many characters who were his companions along the way. The book about "the most quoted Christian of the 20th century" is no `mere quoteianity' however, and instead brings the traveller with little effort and much enjoyment to some fascinating parts of `Lewisiana' unexplored by all but the most experienced cartographers. Here, on less-travelled roads, are quite a few watchful Oxford dragons antagonistic to Lewis's role as `Apostle to the Skeptics', there, a skeleton or two in Lewis's own wardrobe.

Bresland has a particular interest in Lewis's connections with Ireland. He notes the development of Lewis's literary sense of `Northernness' in the huge spaces hanging above the Atlantic on the coasts of Donegal and Londonderry. The general reader, attracted to this book by the film release of Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia may not previously have been aware that the inspiration for that magical land was the hilly landscapes of County Down above Rostrevor. Nor will most who have read Lewis's science fiction trilogy have known how he regarded the Cooley Mountains in County Louth as being `as near heaven as you can get in Thulcandra' (the trilogy's earth). And although those more familiar with Lewis will have known of his close friendship with J R R Tolkien and of their meetings with the `Inklings' writers' group in Oxford, fewer will be aware of Lewis's private encounters in 1921 with the Irish poet W B Yeats at his strangely-furnished house in the same city, or of the lasting influence Yeats had on the atheist Lewis's views of the supernatural and the occult. Bresland notes that Yeats' influence would ironically lead Lewis, not into Yeats' own arcane theosophy (as it did this reviewer's father), but into Christianity. The tour affords the traveller a brief audience at Lewis's conversations with John Betjeman (one of his first pupils and an "idle prig"), G K Chesterton, Martyn Lloyd-Jones and others, as well as Lewis's conversations of mind and soul with earlier luminaries - Swift, Arnold, Milton, Guerber (Myths of the Norsemen), George MacDonald, and the composer Richard Wagner's operas of Norse sagas. From childhood `Jack' lived in his imagination.

Despite Lewis's intention to speak as an apologist for `mere' Christianity, his northern Irish background and his conversion to Protestant Christianity (`No I'm afraid I'm not even an Anglo-Catholic') introduced increasing tensions into the relationship with Tolkien, who saw in some of Lewis's not adequately Catholic ("prejudiced") views "an Ulsterior motive"! Indeed, Lewis responded acidly when the Catholic publishers of his Pilgrim's Regress added, without his approval, a cover note which equated the `Puritania' of Lewis's allegory with his childhood Ulster. The comment, he said, was a damnable lie to "make the Dublin riff-raff buy the book". Finally, Bresland brings the traveller on the bumpy road from Oxford to Cambridge, following the former establishment's concern that his `hot gospelling' (Lewis's own term) would interfere with a possible appointment to professorship. The `nest of crooks' at Magdalen, fumed Lewis, was `leftist, atheist and cynical'.

The last part of this surprising journey takes the traveller through the `Shadowlands', the joy of Lewis's marriage to an American poet, Joy Davidman, and the terrible grief of her subsequent death of cancer. Lewis recorded his pain through `eyes blurred with tears' in A Grief Observed, published just two years before his own untimely death, an event overshadowed by the assassination on the same day of another `Jack', US President J. F. Kennedy. In a brief final section Bresland gives a favourable evaluation of Lewis's Christian legacy, taking the risk, common to biographers of great figures, of claiming the hero for one's own very particular tradition. In this case, after the pleasant journey, I have little energy or inclination for dissent.
 
This is a really nice book to study about C.S.Lewis and Ireland!!!  Jan 5, 2008
I read this book "Travel With C.S.Lewis" in the class "Irish Studies" at college. I think that it is not only very helpful to study about C.S.Lewis' life, work and thoughts, but it is also good to learn about history of Ireland.
It made me interested in Irish and English literature.
I'd love to visit Ireland someday :)
 
a good introduction to C.S.Lewis and his Irish background  Nov 14, 2007
"Travel with CS Lewis" is a good guide book of C.S.Lewis and his Irish landscape, visible and invisible. It is full of colorful photoes and infomative accounts of Irish impact on Lewis and his literature.
I travelled around Ulster this summer (2007) with this book in my hands.
The Bay of Portsalon in County Donegal was really inspiring to me as the photo of Ballymastocker Bay on page 112 shows. Lewis and Joy spent their honeymoon in Lough Swilly including Rathmullan and Portsalon. In Japanese universities, I use this book "Travel with CS Lewis" for my "Irish Studies" class. My students are charmed by Lewis and his Irish background. Some plan to visit Ireland in the future.
 

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