An inside look
For a more literary approach to Lewis' work, take a look at Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Devin Brown, which purports to be the first in-depth literary analysis of Lewis' first children's book. Brown proceeds chapter-by-chapter through the novel, examining not only the more obvious mythological, religious and cultural origins of Lewis' story, but also his far subtler genius for using descriptive imagery to highlight character traits and philosophies. In one insightful passage, Brown compares the Beavers' hut and its humble, homey contents to the outwardly grand but inwardly cold and empty palace of the White Witch a metaphor for the spiritual states of the inhabitants. Inside Narnia is well-written and readable, even for those to whom "literary analysis" brings back horrific memories of freshman English classes.