I am about to start an online English courses called Literature for Children. Among the books that make up the reading material / text book of the course are The Hobbit, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and various other children’s fantasy books. Could there possibly be a course more suitable for me? Haha. Anyways, what that means for this blog is that for the next little while you will be getting a healthy dose of books reviews of children’s fantasy books.
For this course, all the assignments will be in the form of essays. I haven’t written an essay in a few years now, so I’m reading The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy to get me back into the academic mode. Actually I bought The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy long time ago, but now I’m actually reading it.
The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy is a book combining academic essays by various people binned together into one book. It is edited in such a way that all the essays of a similar topic are put together into one part. So for example any essays discussing Tao would be combined together in one section, then discussions of the afterlife would be in another part, and so on. This method, and actually this book in general, has both advantages and disadvantages. Because all topics discuss the same topic, most of the essay are almost exactly identical. In fact, most essays even quote the exact same sentences or passages from Chronicles of Narnia. When you read about 5 or 6 consecutive essays on the same topic (5 or 6 being how many essays are in each part), it kind of gets hard to remember where one essay ends off and the next one begins. If you are going to read this book, I suggest only reading 1 or 2 different essays from each part and you will pretty much have everything you need from that part.
You may be able to tell from my other reviews that I am not very analytical when I read. To me a book is just good or bad and why. I’m not very good at looking at deeper meanings and what not, which is actually part of the reason why I want to take this online English course. So The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy definitely opened up my eyes and gave me an even better appreciation for C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. Then again, I enjoy talk about philosophy so if you don’t, you might not like this book.