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The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia)
The Magician's Nephew - Chronicles of Narnia
Author: C. S. Lewis
ISBN-13: 9780590254755
ISBN-10: 0590254758
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 202
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 138 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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I like it. Even a quick read for adults. Good lead in for the Narnia trilogy.
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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.
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This book has bonus excerpts and material at the end.
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Reading this now with the religious aspect in mind, the symbolism is very clear and very strong in this book, and also the entire series. Excellent and well-written.
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There is a reason why these books are classics. I loved this books as a young girl. They probably belong in everyone's reading.
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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).
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The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fascinating adventure. It is the first of the seven books of The Chronicles of Narnia series. I thought it was very good.
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I loved this book. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favorite series and should be read by everyone, young or old.
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Book 1 Narnia series
How Narnia was created, who went their first and why.
Be aware of British slang/words maybe hard for some children to comprehend
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The Focus on the Family Radio Theatre adaptation of C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia are excellent. They are by far my favorite adaptation.
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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.
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Child or adult, you will enjoy the Chronicles of Narnia series.
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Great book. It begins The Chronicles of Narnia.
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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.
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I thought this book was a great beginning for the rest of the books to come in the series
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Good adventure book for young and old alike.
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This is the first Narnia book, set before the movie.
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super fantastic book to explain all the items and meanings behind the 2nd book, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Explains why the wardrobe is 'magic' and the meaning behind the lamp post.
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A fine start to the Chronicles of Narnia. Read several of them and have enjoyed each more. Recommended
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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.
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First book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. I haven't read in many moons, but step daughter loved it!
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This was one of my favorite Narnia books. I've read the first 4 in the series. 4 stars.
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This is the first in the series of seven books "The Chronicles of Narnia"
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Yeehaw! Great beginning to a great series. Check it out!
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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.
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This is the first book in the Narnia series...you find out how the Ice Queen came to rule in Narnia.
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One of my favorites from the series. It tells of how Narnia was started, among other things. Its a really great adventure for all.
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"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.
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Wonderful
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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!
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Good book, kind of slow in some places but helps make the rest of the series make sense.
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Very interesting...it gives you a lot of the background as to how Narnia started and how the wardrobe in the later books came to be.
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Awesome writer, awesome series of books!
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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.
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This book was excellent reading to find out the beginning of Narnia. Great writing and a fun adventure.
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This book was so Amazing. It is a must read for all ages. You must read this book before the others in the series.
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My son has read this whole series and loved it.
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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.
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This edition is not a large print. It's beautifully illustrated and worth keeping as part of a private collection.
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I thought it was a good book, but not as interesting as the others in the series
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Book 1 of the Chronicles. Not my favorite, but not bad either.
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This is where Narnia starts. C.S. Lewis had a marvelous penchant for writing very simply, and profoundly.
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Book 1 of the chronical series.
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This book is a nice beginning to the chronicles of narnia. Pay attention to some details (especially the names and the significance of the tree).
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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.
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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
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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.
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This is in The Chronicles Of Narnia series. Very entertaining children's book with a lot of religious undertones.
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This is the best of the of the Narnia books!
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Fantasic fantasy series. While this book in not my favorite in the series, the story is good as is the writing. A must read for all fantasy lovers.
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I LOVED this book and all of the Narnia books!
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I loved this book! It had adventure, danger and mystery.
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I love fantasy, I read this series as a child and I just wanted to refresh before the movie came out:)
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Great series! Digory and Polly find their way to Narnia. They encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they return home. Full of adventure, great characters.
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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.
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It was amazing! I couldn't stop reading and it was so sad that the book has finally ended... I can't wait to read the next.
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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.
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a classic favorite
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The Chronicles of Narnia Series: How Aslan created Narnia and gave the speech to animals.
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How Aslan created Narnia and gave the gift of speech to its animals.
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I love this book. The only reason I'm listing it is because I have two copies. This is the first (although not the first written) in the Narnia series.
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Like the rest of the series my son said he adored this 1st installment of the Narnia series.
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It's Narnia. You either like it or you don't
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Chronicles of Narnia:
How Aslan created Narnia and gave the gift of speech to its animals.
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Excellent start to a fun and magical series! Loved it and highly recommend it!
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i really liked this book
but you well like it more
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everyone knows about the lion the witch and the wardrobe. here is the cronicles. I have the 7 books. they are wonderful books to read. great fairytale stories.
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good used condition, no marks on any pages that I can find...older book with different cover.
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Book 6 in the chronicles of Narnia.
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Narnia where talking animals come alive,,,,..book 1
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Book 6 in the Chronicles of Narnia.
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WOndeRFUl!
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book 6 in the Chronicles of Narnia Series
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HarperChildren Audio tape. Paper outer box has tear in it but cassette and cassette plastic case are fine. Performed by Claire Bloom.
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The picture on the book that I posted is different from the one shown. There is also 221 pages in my book vs. the 240 as stated in the description.
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C.S. Lewis's 6th book in the Narnia series. Discarded school library book in good condition.
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This copy has the 1994 cover art.
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The book have matches this ISBN but it is hardback, not paperback.
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Hardback in good condition from the local library.