The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia)
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - Chronicles of Narnia Author:C. S. Lewis Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
One of the most highly respected fantasy novels ever written, THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE can be seen as both an exciting children's adventure story and an allegory about faith. The story begins when the Pevensie siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) escape the dangers of World War II-era London by relocating to the country home of family friend Professor Kirke. One day, while playing hide-and-seek, Lucy hides in an old wardrobe and finds herself transported to the world of Narnia, a magical land frozen in eternal winter by the evil White Witch. With the help of her siblings, Lucy sets forth to free Narnia from the White Witch's reign by bringing about the return of Narnia's guardian, Aslan the lion, a quest impeded by a shocking betrayal. Although THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE was the first of the Chronicles of Narnia to be published, many readers prefer to begin the series with THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW (the sixth book published), because it describes the history of Narnia and sets the stage for the adventures of the Pevensie siblings. THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE has been adapted for the screen several times, including two live-action British TV productions (1967 and 1988), a British/American animated TV movie, and a big Hollywood film in 2005.
My first introduction into Narnia was from my wife who, reading it, exclaimed "...what a beautiful picture of Christ." Allegorical somewhat as a piece of children's literature, and not overly accurate theologically, nevertheless, when I saw what happened when Aslan took Edmond's place, then I understood what she meant, and enjoyed the beauty of the picture immensely. And the character of Lucy is the most interesting of the 4 children, picturing the simplicity of trust in Aslan.
Adam M. reviewed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) on
As a child I read and reread the Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis. They are wonderful, fantastic books whether or not you get or care for the Christian Allegory. These were a tremendous influence on me and one of the biggest reasons I love books so much today.
What a wonderful world Narnia is...I was lucky enough to share this world with my 7 year old son as I read this book to him. It is such a beautiful story that can be appreciated by us both. There was the fantasy and whimsy of a world entered into by a secret passage that all kids and I enjoyed. Then there were deeper parallels with bibilical reference that wouldn't be picked up my children probably but adults. I read that these books should be read once as a child and once as an adult and I believe that to be true. The passage describing Aslans death was so deeply written it was difficult for me to read aloud but, not inappropiate for my son to hear. It was a wonderful expirence to share with my child we are looking forward to the rest of the series.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (the first book in the Narnia Series) is a great book. I first read it, along with the other six books in the series, when I was in grade school and I was completely entranced. I highly recommend this book. It is especially appropriate reading for grammar school children.
I read the entire set of 7 little Narnia books every 3 to 5 years: I must! A great story, well told, true at many levels (as good fantasy fiction often is), memorable characters, good humor too. Though this one, LWW, is often listed first or packaged first in the set, it is actually #2 in the chronology of Lewis' overall scheme. Highly recommended at all ages; if fact, I read the full set out loud, chapter by chapter, as bedtime stories for my grandson when he was 4-5 years old. We agreed, by the way, on our favorite characters in the series: Puddleglum, the Marsh-wiggle, closely followed by Reepicheep, the incomparably noble mouse.
I was highly dissapointed with Lewis's classic. I felt like everytime I really got into the story, I was reminded it was a story in the most obvious way. Maybe I'm to old or just don't understand the underlying religious subtext but I don't think I'll continue on reading the series.
From back cover:
"NARNIA...the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy...the place where the adventure begins.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund and then Peter and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever."
Amber J. - reviewed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia) on
One of my favorite books! I read it for the first time when I was in college and it became in instant favorite. I love all the stories in the series, but this is definitely my favorite out of all of them.