This, I think, was the best Narnia book, as its motivations were the truest and purest and it offered the explanations for the beginnings of so much in the future books with which we are already so familiar. Funny how Lewis turns the tables on this one -- the pursuit of an apple for a *good* reason by a man, for a woman.
Beginning of the classic, "Chronicles of Narnia." This was not one of my favorites but it lays down some interesting background to the other stories and presents the introduction of evil into the world of Narnia.
This is the beautiful story of how the land of Narnia was created. I'm glad I read it before diving into the series (there are two different philosophies as to how the Chronicles are arranged, and one of them has this one as the first book).
How I got through my childhood and beyond without reading this series, I don't quite know, but it is truly regrettable that I did. The recent movies brought the series to my attention. This is the first--the beginning of Narnia. It is certainly not the most well-known of the seven books but it tells much that makes the later stories more understandable and enjoyable. From here, you believe in Narnia as a true place with a true history (at least as long as you are turning pages).
Yes, the writing is quaint and more reminiscent of The Hobbit than the Lord of the Rings, simply because it is definitely written for a young audience in an era that was much simpler. However, do not think the story to be trite or dated--it is not. There is much the same sense of morality and parable present here as in the watered-down Grimm's or the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. Christian parallels do exist, but not in such a way that non-believers are repulsed. That, perhaps, is this tale's greatest contribution to the world--that a non-Christian can be exposed to so much of God's love in such an innocent fashion. No judgement or condemnation is felt--the characters are all given choices and consequences.
This is yet another series that is well worth re-reading, not only for children but adults as well.
I read this with my ten year old daughter after seeing the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It fills in the blanks as to how it all began. Great book, easy read. Lively characters. She enjoyed it as did I.
The beginning of Narnia. You don't have to read this book first but it sets up the next book. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It explains where the Lion, Witch and wardrobe came from....well maybe not so much the Lion.
I'm not a good one to ask about a review. I am a huge Narnia fan and have read them all on numerous occasions, save this one.
First reading and loved it! As good as any of the Narnia books and better than some.
Great story line and the good guys win. Fiction that makes you want to do better in reality.
Try it, you'll like it.
"The Magician's Nephew" tells of the creation of Narnia by the great and powerful Aslan, and the temptation of a son of Adam, by a deceiver, with an apple from a forbidden tree.
This is the story of Digory and Polly, two friends who, upon an accidental meeting with Magician wanna-be Uncle Andrew, find themselves in a head spinning adventure involving other worlds, magical rings, an evil sorceress, a cabby and his horse, talking animals, and a collection of fauns, satyrs, dwarves and naiads.
I recommend that you read this great little book before "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," though many people (and commercial packaging) often begin with LWW. In the full set of 7 books in the Chronicles set, this is the one that tells how Narnia began, and where the great magic came from. A great story: Collect and read all seven!
The Magician's Nephew is a timeless classic. It sets the stage for the rest of the Narnia books. It gives us the history of Narnia and teaches some valuable lessons. In this book, it seems that the most prominent lesson is on the dangers of greed. This is a book for all ages and one day I plan to pass them on to my children.
You should read this in the order that they were written (this being the 6th) rather than chronologically by story, this being the first. It answers some questions you may have about the origins of Narnia and some of its inhabitants, but it would destroy some of the wonder and curousity someone may have about Narnia and the events surrounding it.
Have you ever wondered where you can get a magical wardrobe? Or why the Witch is so powerful? How about how a lamppost came to be in the middle of the wilderness? Wonder no more! The Magician's Nephew will answer all these questions and more.
An engaging prequel to an all ready detailed and rich series, this book offers insights on the nature of magic in the world of Narnia, as well as it's very creation and how humanity is a part of that plan.
C.S. Lewis never fails to surprise the reader. Whether the story is for a young adult and older adult, the author gets the reader involved in the story line. In this particular story we find the beginnings of Narnia. We get to meet Aslan and find where the first king and queen of Narnia come from.
Unabridged, 4 CDs, 4 hours
If you have ever read and enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia, you will especially enjoy this audio. I love this series of audio books. They are straight readings, not dramatizations. This one is read quite nicely by Kenneth Branagh. There is a section where there are many animals in conversation and he handles it well, a few pretty goofy voices though. :)
I prefer the original order of the books, which is not how they are packaged . (This one is listed as 1.)
1) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
2) Prince Caspian
3) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4) The Silver Chair
5) The Horse and His Boy
6) The Magician's Nephew
7) The Last Battle
A great, quick read by C.S. Lewis. This is somewhat of a prequel to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and gives us a background about how Narnia came to exist, as well as the wardrobe. I loved the descriptions on the creation of Narnia.
Book 1 of 7; Digory and Polly are friends who are sent into other worlds through tricker. Magic rings that Digory's Uncle Andrew made. The two friends find themselves in an adventure of a life time. Bringing an evil witch back from one world and watching the creation of another.
When I read this series as a child, this was the sixth book. Not from a religious family, in this book it finally dawned on me that the series is a Christian allegory (although Prince Caspian gives one a giant walloping thump over the head too). It's still enjoyable as an adult but definitely a child's story.