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Charlie W. Starr is an expert on C. S. Lewis's handwriting and the author of Light: C. S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story. Starr has lectured and written on Lewis and Tolkien for two decades, and has consulted on the dating and transcription of hundreds of Lewis manuscripts.

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If you enjoy the writings of C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, etc, you will love Charlie Starr's tale. I love the poignant moments in the middle of fantastical whimsy. My favorite part of the book is reminiscent of Lewis's conversation with a fictionalized MacDonald in The Great Divorce. You'll just have to read it and be delighted! The shorter chapters and simpler vocabulary keep it accessible to children, but in a way that only enhances the enjoyment for the rest of us. (Think Narnia meets The Little Prince.)

P. S. There's a FLYING MOOSE! Now you KNOW you want to read it!
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JLNeyhart | Dec 3, 2013 |
Every C. S. Lewis fan should read this book. Not only do you get to read a previously unpublished short story by C. S. Lewis himself, but you also get a fun, engaging analysis of the mystery surrounding the "Light" manuscript, as well as a section diving into the possible meanings of the story which delves into Lewis's epistemology.

Admittedly, I am more than the casual admirer of C. S. Lewis and his writings. I've also done my fair share of academic reading. I think it is unfortunate that most of the time "academic" in this context tends to be synonymous with "boring", "dull", or "uninteresting". Fortunately, Starr's book manages to be both scholarly and entertaining as he takes us on his journey to solve the mysteries surrounding the Light manuscript.

My favorite section, other than the story itself of course, is part three: "The Meaning of Light". Here we explore how Lewis was doing what he did best in this story: talking about philosophy, epistemology, and theology though story and imagination. Starr helps us look at different possible interpretations here. The chapter titles in this section are, “Contemplation, Enjoyment and War”, “Toolsheds, Truth and Knowledge”, “Beyond Reason and Imagination”, and “Earthly Longing, Heavenly Light”.

I love the way Starr brings in so much of Lewis's work, showing us yet again that Owen Barfield was correct when he said that “what Lewis thought about everything was secretly present in what he said about anything”.

I also enjoy the parallel publication of “The Man Born Blind”, with “Light,” which allows the reader to see the changes and understand more about the nature of Lewis’s revisions.
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