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The Chronicles of Narnia (Adult Readers Edition) (Chronicles Of Narnia Series)

C S Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia (Adult Readers Edition) (Chronicles Of Narnia Series)

C S Lewis

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An attractive paperback edition of C S Lewis' classic children's fantasy, including all seven books in one volume. Each chapter is accompanied by a Pauline Baynes illustration from the original 1950s edition, and the unabridged text maintains Lewis' original spelling and punctuation. 768 pages, from Harper Collins.

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An attractive paperback edition of C S Lewis' classic children's fantasy, including all seven books in one volume. Each chapter is accompanied by a Pauline Baynes illustration from the original 1950s edition, and the unabridged text maintains Lewis' original spelling and punctuation. 768 pages, from Harper Collins.
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The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last 50 years. All seven chronicles are bound together in this edition.
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The adult trade paperback editions of The Chronicles of Narnia are now available in a box set. This box will be illustrated with movie still art from the Disney/Walden Media live-action film The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. "Excellent for Homeschool Use"
- Publisher

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C S Lewis

C S Lewis (1898 -1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. This Irish-born Oxford and Cambridge academic wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular writings include his seven-part fantasy series for children The Chronicles of Narnia (1956); the science fiction Space Trilogy (1938-1945); the apologetical The Problem of Pain (1940), The Screwtape Letters (1942), Miracles (1947), Mere Christianity (1952), and The Four Loves (1960); and the autobiographical Surprised by Joy (1955) and A Grief Observed (1961). Countless Christian writers, pastors, thinkers and artists have credited C S Lewis as a key influence on their faith journey, and his Narnia books have become classics of children's literature.

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland on 29 November 1898, the son of Albert James Lewis, a solicitor of Welsh ancestry. Lewis became known as 'Jack' as a young child after he adopted the name of his pet dog who was killed by a car. His mother Flora was the daughter of an Anglican priest, and died when Lewis was just ten. Lewis had one brother, Warren - known affectionately as Warnie - who was three years his senior. The two would remain close friends and creative collaborators throughout Lewis' life. When children, they shared a fascination with humanised animal characters like Beatrix Potter's, and wrote and illustrated stories of an imaginary world they called 'Boxen', run entirely by such fanciful beings.

Lewis' childhood home was full of books, and he became a keen and intrepid reader at an early age. Until his mother's death, Lewis was educated by private tutors, then moved on to a series of boarding schools in both Ireland and England. It was during his time at the last of these, aged 15, that Lewis gave up his childhood Christian faith and became an atheist. It was also at this time that he developed an intense love for ancient Norse legends and the natural world - an aesthetic complex which he called 'Northernness' and associated with the mysterious inner longing of 'joy'. Under the influence of his tutor William Kirkpatrick, Lewis would go on to a deep involvement with ancient Greek literature. Lewis' academic acumen won him a scholarship at Oxford in 1916, but shortly afterward his studies were interrupted by military service in World War I. Lewis was commissioned as a lieutenant in a light infantry regiment and sent to the Western Front in France, where he experienced the horrors of trench warfare, and was wounded by what would now be called 'friendly fire'.

After the war, Lewis resumed his studies at Oxford, and in the years between 1920 and 1923 received firsts in Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, and English. By 1925 he was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford - a position he would hold for nearly three decades. In 1954, Lewis transferred to Cambridge, where he had been awarded professorship in the new chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature.

In the late 1920s, Lewis' circle of literary friends at Oxford coalesced into a discussion group known as The Inklings, which would meet regularly over about two decades. Members shared an enthusiasm for narrative tales, myths, legends - particularly Norse, Celtic, folkloric and mediaeval material - and fantasy fiction. They would read aloud their own works-in-progress and receive suggestions and criticism from their fellows. Members included J R R Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, and Warnie Lewis. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis' science fiction novel Out of the Silent Planet were among the material workshopped with The Inklings.

His friend Tolkien's devout Catholic faith decisively influenced Lewis' return to Christianity between 1929 and 1931. The way was prepared also by Lewis' love for the fantastical fiction of Scottish writer and Congregational pastor George MacDonald (1824-1905), as well as G K Chesterton's apologetic work The Everlasting Man (1925). Lewis famously described himself as a stubbornly difficult convert in his spiritual autobiography Surprised By Joy (1955):
"In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."

As a Christian, Lewis maintained a commitment to the Anglican communion in which he was raised, though he tried to downplay sectarian differences in his apologetic writings, extolling instead the perennial essence of orthodox belief. It was the latter which Lewis presented in his popular work Mere Christianity, adapted from a series of radio talks he made for the BBC from 1942 to 1944, and which has become one of the most influential Christian books of modern times. Lewis' theology was basically Anglican, with an ecumenical breadth shaped by the formative influences of Tolkien's and Chesterton's Catholicism, and the Christian universalism of MacDonald.

Lewis married relatively late in his life at age 57, in unusual circumstances. He had befriended Joy Davidman Gresham - an American intellectual of Jewish background, and a convert, like Lewis, from atheism to Christianity. Joy was trying to remain in the UK with her two sons, having escaped an abusive marriage, and Lewis kindly agreed to a civil union to enable her to stay. Shortly afterward, Joy was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. What had begun as a marriage of convenience between friends became much deeper, and Lewis and Joy obtained a full Christian marriage in 1957. As it turned out, Joy was the love of Lewis' life, and when she died after three years of remission, Lewis experienced a shattering grief from which he never really emerged. Lewis related his profound loss in A Grief Observed, which he published under a pseudonym. The story of Lewis' and Joy's love became the subject of the film and stageplay Shadowlands.

Lewis died of renal failure in 1963, less than an hour before the assassination of John F Kennedy. Lewis is buried at Holy Trinity Church, Headington, the Oxford parish church with which he and his brother Warnie were actively involved from 1930.

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Engaging, Enjoyable and Symbolic
5 stars By Vek, Mar 31 2018
I am personally a huge fan of fantasy novels, and Narnia definitely has got to be one of the greatest fantasy and symbolic novels of all time. By now, it is a classic that is very broadly known throughout the world, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, either young or old, who loves descriptive fantasy, adventure, and symbolic notes that hit the mark and touch the heart. C.S. Lewis conveys the story of Christ's love, mercy, wrath, death, promises and resurrection throughout the whole Narnia series so well, that it is parallel to certain events which occurred in the Bible and the character of Jesus. Plus, it is also an interesting ride that takes you on a journey of ups and downs and the ideas of hope, faith, trust, friendship and growth. Again, I wholly recommend it to anyone if not everyone. :)
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An absolute game changer
5 stars By Elyse, Sep 27 2017
I began the series having just being diagnosed with a chronic illness and thinking that the Chronicles of Narnia would be nice to tick off my "I've read that one" list. What I didn't expect was to finish it with a new love for the nature and character of God. Although this is very much a fictional story with fictional characters, C.S. Lewis has penned a captivating story that gives light to the various seasons and lessons one walks through in life and for those who share it, faith. I have never read a book that has managed to articulate ones longing for heaven in the way that Lewis' characters long for Aslan and his world. I honestly couldn't recommend this one enough, and I won't be surprised if it remains my favourite series for the rest of my days.
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Imaginative stories, with reality hidden within !
5 stars By Maggie, Jul 30 2017
I picked up the first of the Chronicles within this book in my high-school library and was immediately rivetted.   As I went on, I began to see the hidden meaning and message within...  As soon as I finished The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,  I found the next Chronicle,  then the next,  till I had absorbed them all.   It changed my view of my faith forever.  When my daughter was little I read them all to her, and found it very hard to be firm and stop so she would sleep!  For children in Christian and otherwise homes, and adults too, it is wonderful.  I can't recommend the Chronicles of Narnia highly enough.
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Beautiful! Must Read
5 stars By Jessica, Feb 23 2017
Narnia is a classic that will never get old. C.S. Lewis has brilliantly woven a story full of magic and adventure in another world to create a beautiful tale that portrays God as the character of Aslan.
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A masterpiece for young and old.
5 stars By Lloyd, Feb 05 2013
I first read the Chronicles of Narnia as a child and bought this edition in my late teens. There is something universally appealing about this series. There is an evident care with which Lewis has created and so reveals the world of Narnia, as well as the lives of its beloved heroes and infamous villains. What I love most about this edition is that it contains all books in one. The pain of finishing one book is lessened by the opportunity to dive straight into the next one. I first enjoyed this edition over a week spent holidaying in Tasmania and I have fond memories of sitting underneath the shade of magnificent trees, next to a flowing stream and reading for hours. While this experience is not essential to enjoying Narnia, it certainly helps and comes highly recommended.
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  • Catalogue Code 272021
  • Product Code 9780007117307
  • ISBN 0007117302
  • EAN 9780007117307
  • Pages 768
  • Department Academic
  • Category Classic
  • Sub-Category C S Lewis
  • Publisher Harper Collins Australia
  • Publication Date Nov 2001
  • Sales Rank #6582
  • Dimensions 232 x 152 x 38 mm
  • Weight 1.102kg
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