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By Colin Duriez

Even if this is often your first stopover at to C S Lewis's brilliant myth global otherwise you were there repeatedly, you might want to convey alongside this useful better half to the panorama and population of Narnia, together with an A to Z consultant to its characters, locations, gadgets, and events.

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D igory … went softly into his Mother’s room. And there she lay, as he had seen her lie so many other times, propped up on the pillows, with a thin, pale face that would make you cry to look at it. Digory took the Apple of Life out of his pocket… . The brightness of the Apple threw strange lights on the ceiling… . And the smell of the Apple of Youth was as if there was a window in the room that opened on Heaven… . ‘You will eat it, won’t you? Please,’ said Digory. Albert Lewis did not realise that, during Flora’s decline, he was losing not only his wife but also his sons.

Hitherto England had always suffered in comparison to County Down in his opinion. He also encountered fantasy writers such as William Morris. ’ In Surprised by Joy, Lewis describes the effect of reading Phantastes as ‘baptising his imagination’. It would be long years before his intellect caught up. The Great War had broken out, and its shadow loomed over Lewis’s fervent intellectual curiosity and blissful imaginative discoveries. Warren was already on active duty. Lewis was not old enough to enlist until 1917.

The old myth of the Dying God, without ceasing to be myth, comes down from the heaven of legend and imagination to the earth of history. It happens – at a particular date, in a particular place, followed by definable historical consequences. We pass from a Balder or an Osiris, dying nobly nobody knows when or where, to a historical Person crucified (it is all in order) under Pontius Pilate. By becoming fact it does not cease to be myth: that is the miracle… . To be truly Christian we must both assent to the historical fact and also receive the myth (fact though it has become) with the same imaginative embrace which we accord to all myths.

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