Review: The Magician’s Book
It’s been years since I’ve read literary criticism, so The Magician’s Book by Laura Miller was a pleasant change of pace for me. When Laura Miller was in the second grade, her teacher gave her a copy of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to read and she was instantly captivated. She loved Narnia and read all seven of the books in the series over and over. Later, when she discovered the Christian themes in the books, she felt betrayed and turned away from them. After much contemplation and research, she realized that there is much more to the books and came back to them.
This book reads like literary criticism at times, like an autobiography at times and like a biography at other times. It tells of the author’s discovery of the Narnia books and how they sparked her love of reading. It details her discovery of the Christian themes in the book and how that discovery turned her away from the books for years. Miller writes of C. S. Lewis’ life, friendships, beliefs and his possible motivations in writing the book. In the end, she returns to the Narnia books and she reveals what she learned from them.
This book has lots of research, so the reading was heavy at times. I found that I couldn’t read it when there were lots of distractions around me. I still enjoyed it, though. I do think some knowledge of the Narnia books is necessary to get the most out of it.
Laura Miller was featured on Blog Talk Radio today, (Thursday, December 4) – you can listen to the chat here. You can enter a contest to win an autographed copy of this book by submitting a photo to this contest on Flickr.