Category: "The Chronicles of Narnia"

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

August 7th, 2008

The Chronicles of NarniaNARNIA....a land frozen in eternal winter...a country waiting to be set free.

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia -- a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change...and a great sacrifice.

The classic tale of four curious children who wander through a dusty wardrobe into a magical land called Narnia. One of them discovers the portal on her own, but the others do not believe her. When she gets one of her brothers to venture through with her, they become separated and alone he is subject to the influence of the White Witch. It is up to the other three to save him and all of Narnia from the Witch's evil plans.

This is the quintessential childhood epic adventure. Whether or not you have read these books or seen any of the film adaptations, you always seem to know the story. In its recounting, it seems to grow ever-larger, though when I read the book now, it is so brief. I think that speaks volumes about how magical C.S. Lewis's Narnia truly is. I look forward to the rest of the series, with which I am unfamiliar.

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The Magician's Nephew - C.S. Lewis

June 24th, 2008

The Chronicles of NarniaNARNIA...where Talking Beasts walk...where a witch waits...where a new world is about to be born.

On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible...

Two children, a boy (Diggory) and a girl (Polly), go on what starts out as a very innocent adventure through a crawl space that connects their houses with another. A simple miscalculation on their part results, at first, in a meeting with Diggory's Uncle Andrew, and ultimately in the reanimation of an evil sorceress and the creation of a magical world called Narnia.

Uncle Andrew has devoted many years of his life to understanding some magic that was unintentionally handed down to him by his godmother. To test his progress, he sends his nephew on a magical journey; a journey we are fortunate to witness in its infancy.

You can tell that The Magician's Nephew definitely sets the stage for the other six books. A lot was introduced, but not a lot really happens in book 1 of The Chronicles of Narnia. The books are certainly written for children, but I still enjoyed the first and I plan to read the entire series.

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