C.S Lewis' First Book in the Chronicles of Narnia Sets the Stage Beautifully for Later Books
Jun 18, 2010
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first of the six books in the Chronicles of Narnia. These books were written by a Cambridge University English professor named C.S. Lewis. The first book in the series takes place in 1940 England during the Second World War. It introduces readers to the world of Narnia as seen through the eyes and actions of a group of children who discover this magical world by traveling through a wardrobe that's located inside their friend Professor Digory Kirke's magical wardrobe.
The children live with Professor Kirke to escape the ravages of war. What they end up discovering inside this wardrobe was more than enough of an escape that has to be read to truly believe!
This is true because the children (who are named Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmond Pevensie) discover a magical world where animals talk and where unicorns, centaurs and other "magical" creatures thrive in a world that is also full of hazards.
The children are first introduced to this magical world when Lucy "accidentally" discovers the world while hiding in the wardrobe. At first, the children don't seem to believe that she actually discovers Narnia.
After much prodding, Lucy convinces the other children to go with her inside the wardrobe. When they do this, the other children quickly discover that Narnia can be a bad place, too.
This is true because Edmound inadvertently meets the White Witch who intends to make Narnia her own. She meets with him several times. She also woos Edmound with mounds of sticky, gooey Turkish Delight. Near the middle of the book, she promises Edmound he'd become the King of Narnia someday. He become so enchanted by her that the other children are worried (and angered) at Edmound's double-crossing tactics.
These tactics wind up costing Edmound his freedom.,as the White Witch keeps him around after he walks away from the others As a result, the children enlist the help of several talking creatures who live in Narnia.
Two of them are Mr. and Mrs.Beaver. They live in a hole in the ground and they tell the children about an Narnian ancient prophecy that the White Witch's power will fall apart when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve fill the four magic thrones located at the Witch's home in Cair Paravel. Could the Penvensies be these Children of Eve? Near the end of the book, we discover this is indeed the case. They get help from a magical Lion who is the "true" King of Narnia. His name is Aslan.
Aslan helps the children defeat the White Witch and also sacrifices himself when the Witch demands Edmound's head during a truce. After a short time, he arises thanks to "Deeper Magic" that protects those who die to protect the living.
At the end, Aslan defeats the witch once again and the children happily rule over Narnia for 15 Narnian years.
If you like this book, the other five books are also fun to read. As a result, don't forget to read this book first to introduce yourself to this wonderful world!
This book grabs your attention from the very beginning with its vivid descriptions and it also keeps you guessing as to what will happen next. While it is not really a mystery book, it does have some elements of mystery and that is part of what makes it so intriguing. I recommend this book to both children and adults. As a child it was one of my favorite books and read it so many times that I had practically memorized it. For adults who for one reason or another have not yet read it, they really … more
A friend of mine gave me this book, saying it's one of the best children book around. Really... who would read a children book? But page after page, chapter after chapter, I found myself not only enjoying the text but also laughing along or feeling depressed with the characters. The book evolves around four children who are sent to live in an English countryside because of World War II. On a rainy day, the four children stumble upon a room which old a huge oak Wardrobe. … more
THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia. It doesn't matter how the books are being published right now, if you read them for the first time out of order (starting with THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW instead of LWW) it seriously takes away some of the magic, suspense, and mystery of the books. With that said, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE is a classic piece of children's fiction. Written by the great C.S. Lewis the story tells the tale of how … more
C.S Lewis creates the beginning of a wonderful masterpiece series with this book. He creates a thrilling adventure that rips a group of brothers and sisters, who are orphans, through their normal world into a magical world that has been taken over by a perfectly frightening nemesis. The book is so simple to read, yet so very powerful at the same time! This series is definitely on my top ten list. This group of brothers and sisters are sent off to live in a large mansion far … more
What can I say about C.S. Lewis that hasn't already been said. This book and it's series has been a favorite for many years. It has been made more popular over the last few with the make of the movie, but I recommend reading the book and sharing it with your children/grandchildren. This story is fun, exciting, adventurous and daring. It has great imaginative creatures, but also holds a deeper secondary story to it. It opens up our imaginations … more
I have 7 children, and they all liked both the book as well as the movie for the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Since this book is geared to children, and i know that i have 7 of them that loved it, I have to give it 4 stars.
The Lion the witch and the wardrobe is an excellent journey into an imaginary world. It also combines a great message of sacrifice and forgiveness. I was very excites at the start of reading this book and by the end the excitement just increased. C. S. Lewis uses great imagination and draws you into the story with each page. As you o deeper into the world of Narnia, the action increases but so does the message. I read it when i as a kid and just recently picked it up and had the same feeling of … more