J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez
I'm not always a fan of biographies, but I really enjoyed this one about J.R.R. Tolkien from Colin Duriez.
Some biographies have a dry, reporter-like feel. This one is definitely not dry reading. The style is much more reader-friendly and very enjoyable.
I enjoyed the easy to read, well-organized style. I could follow Tolkien's life easily. References to other works about Tokien are cited, giving the reader more information and making this a credible, scholarly work.
Duriez frequently references instances where the situations of Tolkien's life mirror events or places in Tolkien's writing. The center of the book contains a photograph section showcasing places in Tolkien's life and connections that they have to his writing.
I also really liked that Tolkien's Christian faith and worldview were not overlooked. His faith was an integral part of his life and his writing, and Duriez points that out throughout this work. As a big C.S. Lewis fan, I was also glad to see that Tolkien's relationship with Lewis and the other Inklings (his group of academic and spiritual peers) was given importance.
It's not often that I would describe a biography as "hard to put down", but this one truly was. I came away from the reading wanting to reread some of my favorite Tolkien books and committed to reading some of the lesser known works that I've missed.
I give this one 5 stars and a G rating for content.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.