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The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia)

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A book by C. S. Lewis

This large, deluxe hardcover edition of the first title in the classic Chronicles of Narnia series,The Magician's Nephew, is a gorgeous introduction to the magical land of Narnia. The many readers who discovered C.S. Lewis's Chronicles throughThe Lion, … see full wiki

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Author: C. S. Lewis
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Origins.

  • Mar 23, 2006
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THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW is the sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia. THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE can be looked upon as the Gospel story taking place in Narnia. If one follows that line of thought, then THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW is the Genesis account of the creation of Narnia.

The story begins when a young girl, Polly Plummer, and a young boy, Digory Kirk meet each other during a summer day in London. Digory's mother is severely ill and almost to the point of death. His father is in India and Digory has been forced to move in with his unmarried aunt and uncle. The two meet and begin playing together. One rainy day they decide to climb through the adjoining attics that connect all the houses in their row together. Their initial goal was to walk from Polly's house to an empty house on the other side of Digory's house. Instead, they find themselves in Digory's house in a locked room with his mad-scientist uncle, Andrew. Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into participating in an unsafe experiment and then blackmails Digory to go along. The experiment leads them from one world into another until they eventually end up in Narnia on the day of its creation by Aslan not to mention their unfortunate meeting of a very wicked, evil, and powerful witch-queen named Jadis.

THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW is the story that tells the origins of Narnia. It is similar to the Genesis account of the creation of our own world. Yet, there are striking differences, too. There is a temptation story involved, but unlike Adam and Eve, the temptation episode ends much differently.

The writing in THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW isn't quite as powerful as most of the other stories in the Chronicles of Narnia. For me, what makes THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW magical is that if you read the stories in the order in which they were written and published, it is the second-to-last book in the series and fills in many of the gaps of the history of Narnia: where did the lamppost in Western wood come from, why do some of the animals in Narnia talk and others don't, where did the White Witch come from, etc. I've read the stories in both the original and chronological order and much of the magic of THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW is lost when the story is read first. But, that's just my opinion. The story is still good and it's an essential part of the Chronicles of Narnia.

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