A Far-Off Country offers a comprehensive introduction to C.S. Lewis' major works of fantasy fiction: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Space Trilogy, and Till We Have Faces. Drawing on Lewis' manuscripts as well as unpublished letters, Sammons provides a detailed background for the novels, including biographical information on Lewis as it pertains to each work. She thoroughly investigates the characters, symbols, and themes of the novels, highlighting the Christian doctrines that are embedded in them in addition to the many Biblical parallels. Sammons also includes numerous references from Lewis' other books, ultimately relating the ideas presented in his written works to his Christian beliefs. Exhaustive in its analysis yet accessible to a wide audience, this book will excite those in search of an insightful guide to Lewis' works.
Martha C. Sammons is Professor of English at Wright State University in Ohio.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Creator of the Narnia Chronicles; The Creation of the Narnia Chronicles; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Country of Narnia; The Creator of Narnia: Aslan; Characters of Narnia; Creations of Evil; Christian Concepts Chapter 4 The Space Trilogy: Maker of Myths: C.S. Lewis and Science Fiction; The Myth of Deep Heaven; Medieval Perspectives; Mythology and Arthurian Legend; Myth Became Fact: Science and Spirit; Man and his World; Maleldil and his Reign: Biblical Background a Chapter 5 Till We Have Faces: Reviews and Biographical Background; Relationships Among the Characters; Removing the Veil: Images and Symbols; The Religious and Historical Background; Reason and Its Consequences; Rebirth of the Self: Orual's Steps to Truth; Re Chapter 6 Appendix Chapter 7 Bibliography Chapter 8 Index