BOOK REVIEW: THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE BY C S LEWIS

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GENERAL INFORMATION

TITLE: THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE

AUTHOR: C S LEWIS

PAGES: 106

PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS

YEAR: 1950

GENRE: FANTASY / CHILDREN’S FICTION

COVER TYPE: PAPER BACK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion,_the_Witch_and_the_Wardrobe

http://cslewis.com

BLURB FROM THE COVER

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil – what more could any reader ask for in one book? That book was The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, written in 1949 by C S Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a world where magic meets reality and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

This edition presents all seven unabridged books in one impressive volume. The books are presented according to Lewis’s preferred order, each chapter graced with illustrations by the books’ original artist, Pauline Baynes. Deceptively simple and direct, The Chronicles of Narnia continue to captivate fans with adventures, characters and truths that speak to readers of all ages, even fifty years after they were first published…

REVIEW 

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is chronologically the second Narnia tale. Lewis published it first.

This is the first chronicle I read. I didn’t know there were any other books about Narnia when I read it. I got it as a Christmas present when I was 11 or 12. I remember it like it happened yesterday. I curled up on the couch and got lost in the world of Narnia. I read it in a couple of hours.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe has remained one of my favourite books for twenty years. It’s probably one of the best known children’s fantasy novels ever written.

Four children go through a magical wardrobe into a world of snow filled with talking animals. They defeat an evil witch and are crowned kings and queens of Narnia. Queue happy ending.

Lewis uses the simple language I loved in The Magician’s Nephew. I still got that kindly old grandfather telling bedtime stories vibe.

Like The Magician’s Nephew, I was blown away by how much Lewis packed into a small amount of pages. That’s a skill.

Lewis uses the chatty, realism he used in The Magician’s Nephew which gives the impression The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is a true story.

There are loads of brilliant scenes in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. When Father Christmas comes to Narnia. Aslan’s death and resurrection. The battle between the good talking creatures in Narnia and the witch’s evil monsters. The witch’s death.

The ending of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is quite sad.

The four children have ruled Narnia for many years and go off to hunt a white stag. The stag leads them through the woods and eventually they go back through the wardrobe back to their own world and time where only seconds have passed since they left. I wish Lewis had just left them hunting the stag.

THE OPENING LINE

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy…

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is my favourite Chronicles of Narnia. It’s the perfect high fantasy novel featuring children defeating evil. Sort of like Harry Potter but a million times better.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe was adapted for the screen by the BBC years ago along with another couple of Narnia chronicles. I have them all on DVD. I love them even though they look dated now.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe was adapted for the screen a few years ago by Walden Media / Disney. I have this on DVD as well. It’s a great film. It stars Tilda Swinton, one of my favourite actresses who’s amazing as the white witch.

RATING

5 STAR

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