by Kevin Belmonte
In this, the 50th anniversary year of C.S. Lewis’s passing, many books have revisited his life and legacy. I am grateful for more than a few, none more than Colin Duriez’s superb compendium, The A-Z of C.S. Lewis, just published in Oxford by Lion Publishing.
Like a skilled cartographer, Duriez traverses the entire landscape of the Lewis canon, and what’s more, he acquaints us with the people and places of Lewis’s world. Crucial themes and concepts of Lewis’s writings are also explored and explained. Readers are offered a memorable guided tour, and it’s one they may re-take at any time of their choosing, simply by turning the pages of a very fine work.
In books of this kind, one hopes for a text that is thoroughly versed in all the important sources, accessible, comprehensive, engaging, and insightful.
The A-Z of C.S. Lewis is all of that, and more. In a word, it’s a marvelous text, of great value to any reader, at any stage of their journey through the writings of Lewis. Colin Duriez has given us all a gift.