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|C.S. Lewis: Creator of Narnia
by Sam Wellman
Published by Barbour Publishing, 1997
Recommended by: Greg Slade
This is not your standard biography, with footnotes to substantiate every fact and a huge bibliography at the end. Instead, it reads more like a novel, with dialogue, and Lewis' thoughts on what happens in his life as part of the story. There are footnotes, but very few of them, noting the sources of words quoted from other published works. For that reason, this book is likely to appeal to readers who normally find biographies tedious, but would like to know more about C.S. Lewis. For the same reason, it's likely to annoy readers who do like biographies, and want to know how much of what is written here is actually substantiated by the author's research, and how much is simply "how things might have happened."
It is that lack of certainty about the accuracy of this work which makes it hard for me to evaluate. It certainly paints a different portrait of Lewis than other biographies I have read. In fact, each biography casts Lewis in a different light, so sometimes it's hard to tell whether Lewis simply affected different people in profoundly different ways, or whether each biographer brings such a bias to the task that an accurate picture simply isn't possible. In this case, the lack of documentation makes it impossible to tell whether this work is bringing a new perspective to Lewis' life, or simply a story loosely based on the facts. Certainly I couldn't recommend this to anyone as the only book on Lewis they should ever read, but on the other hand, for at least some readers, it would probably be the only kind of biography they would ever want to read.
This book is part of a series called "Heroes of the Faith." Most of the other books in the series cover famous missionaries, evangelists, or preachers. (June, 2008)
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