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Lewis, C S - A Guide Through Narnia

Lewis, C S - A Guide Through Narnia



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A Guide ThroughNARNIAbyMartha C Sammons
Faltering, with bowed heads, our altered parentsSlowly descended from their holy hill,All their good fortune left behind and done with,Out through the one-way passInto the dangerous world, these strange countries.No rumour in Eden had reached the human pairOf things not men, yet half like men, that wanderedThe earth beyond its walls;But now they heard the mountains stirred and shaken,All the heap'd crags re-echoing, the deep tarnsAnd caverns shuddering and the abysmal gorgesWith dismal drums of Dwarfs;Or, some prodigious night, waked by a thumpingShock as of piles being driven two miles away,Ran till the sunrise shone upon the bouncingMonopods at their heels;Or held their breath, hiding, and saw their elders,The race of giants-the bulldozer's pace,
Heads like balloons, toad-thick, ungainly torsos-Dotting the plain like ricks . . . .Memory, not built upon a fake from Piltdown,Reaches us. We know more than bones can teach ....Before we're born we have heard it.Long-silenced ogres boom, voices like gongsReverberate in the mind, a Dwarf-drum rolls,Trolls wind unchancy horns.C. S. Lewis, "The Adam Unparadised"I N T R O D U C T I O NThe purpose of this book is to tell you something about the creator of the sevenNarnia books, how he came to write them, to summarize the history of Narnia, andthen to talk about what the Pevensie children learn during their adventures, andtheir meaning to readers of these Chronicles.Published during a relatively brief time-only about 6 years-the Narnia talesachieved quick success, especially as children read them and their parentseagerly grabbed them up to see what their offspring were so excited about.Lewis's friend, Walter Hooper, tells of a boy in Oxford, for instance, whoseparents found him chopping away at the back of their wardrobe and into thebricks of their house, trying to get into Narnia. The Last Battle received theCarnegie Medal for the best children's book of 1955. Yet these "fairy tales" arenot just for children, as we shall see. In fact, in recent years these storieshave become Lewis's most widely read and best selling books, especially around

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