THE MAGICIANS NEPHEW BOOK
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Enlarge Book Cover . Witness the creation of a magical land in The Magician's Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has. The. Magician's. Nephew. C. S. L e w i s. The Chronicles of Narnia. S a m i z d a t .. of the room, was a big table piled with all sorts of things printed books. The Magician's Nephew was the sixth book published in the The Chronicles of Narnia. It was originally published in by The Bodley Head.
The children are speechless and become more alarmed when Uncle Andrew rushes across the room and bolts the door shut. The two children began backing toward the attic door through which they had come, but Uncle Andrew darts to that door, blocking their escape. The children are effectively trapped. Uncle Andrew begins telling them of a great experiment he is performing.
The children ask to leave because it is dinner time. Andrew refuses to let them leave but as the children further beg to leave, Andrew appears to change his mind. Before they leave, however, he offers Polly one of the yellow rings. Polly is delighted to know that she can have one of the rings she was so curious about. She approaches the tray, noting that the humming noise in the room grows louder as she gets nearer the rings.
Just as Digory yells out to Polly not to touch the rings, she touches one of them and vanishes, leaving Digory and Andrew alone in the room. Startled at the sight of a friend vanishing, Digory lets out a scream, which is quickly muffled by Andrew. Sufficiently calmed, Digory is forced to listen to the tale of how the rings came to be. As it turns out, Andrew acquired a substance from his godmother. After going through great lengths to learn of its origin, Andrew decided that the substance must be Atlantean, originating in another world.
It was a dust that was longing to return to its own world. He began to perform experiments with the substance and eventually fashioned the rings which could draw one out of our world and into the world where the substance originated.
His first attempts at sending guinea pigs out of this world were unsuccessful, but persistence paid off and he was able to send a guinea into that other world.
However, since a guinea pig cannot know how to return and cannot tell what he has seen, the experiment was not a total success. That is why he sent Polly into that other world. Since she had no way of returning, Digory would have to go after her carrying a green homeward ring. Digory chastises Uncle Andrew for being such a cruel magician, but then decides he must help his friend.
He puts two green rings into his pocket and picks up his yellow ring. There was nothing else he could have done. Uncle Andrew and the study vanished and Digory could feel himself rushing through empty space. He felt as though he was under water, an idea which frightened him. He felt himself rushing upward just before he emerged from a small pool. He rose to his feet and looked around, noticing that there were trees everywhere and other small pools, similar to the one he had just come out of.
The place had a doping effect on Digory. He did not want to think of Uncle Andrew, Polly or anything else. He spots a young girl, lying near a tree, apparently halfway between sleeping and waking. She comments that she had seen him before. He asks how long she had been there and she responded that she had always been there.
Digory states that he, too, had always been there, but Polly had seen him emerge from the pool. The two vaguely remember crawling about the rafters in a house and about people with dirty faces, but it is only when they spot the guinea pig with a yellow ring tied to it that they remember Uncle Andrew. After a short time the two decide to try going home. They approach the pool from which they had earlier emerged and jump in.
Besides the subsequent splash, nothing happens and the two scramble ashore. Digory remembers that he must put on a green ring before returning. He gives Polly her green and slips on his own. Just as they are getting ready to jump, Digory realizes that there could be other worlds in the other pools all over the forest. Polly does not understand, so Digory explains the concept of the In-between place, just like their secret cave in the roof of their home in London. It is not actually part of the house but a means by which they can get to any house.
The wood is dubbed by Polly The Wood between the Worlds. Digory sets off to try a different pool but Polly suggests they make sure the outward journey is successful before they do. They agree to go back but before they are fully in England, they would switch rings and return to the Wood.
They jump into the pool and as they begin to materialize in Uncle Andrew's study, they change rings and return to the Wood. Digory is anxious to try a different world and sets off but is wisely stopped by Polly who points out that they should mark the home pool so they will not be lost later. This they do. After some confusion about which ring to use green is always used to leave the Wood , the two leap into a nearby pool and descend into the unknown.
They arrive in the new world and first notice the strange reddish light about them. Polly gives a shudder of fear. The children are in a courtyard surrounded by very high walls, columns and archways. Nothing seems to be living. Polly, still unnerved, wants to go home but when Digory mentions that she should not be afraid to explore, she changes her mind. She is not afraid, saying she will go where he goes. To ease her mind, Digory suggests they remove their yellow rings and put them in the opposite pocket from their greens.
If they found themselves in danger they could just slip their hands into their pockets and be off. They set off exploring, awed by the sheer size of the building they are in.
They eventually end up in a hall filled with wax-like statues of people. The figures are royally adorned and their countenances change as the children walk further past them. The first faces are kind and gentle, but the latter ones are cruel and evil. The final figure was the fiercest of all, beautiful but cruel. Digory suggests they examine a small pillar in the center of the room.
On the pillar is a small golden bell and a hammer with which you strike the bell. Writing on the pillar suggests that if you strike the bell there could be danger, but if you do not strike the bell you would go mad wondering what would have happened. Digory wants to strike the bell, but Polly does not.
An argument ensues and just as Polly is reaching for her yellow ring, Digory grabs her hand and with his other hand, strikes the bell.
The sound resonates through the hall, growing in volume until it is nearly unbearable. Parts of the ceiling collapse around them until the sound finally ceases. The two think that the event is over when they hear a sound from the end of the room. The last figure, the fiercely beautiful one, rises from her chair and comes to the children, asking how she has been awakened.
Digory takes responsibility for her waking. The woman states that Digory is not of royal blood and asks how he came to the palace. Polly answers that they came by magic. Ignoring Polly, the queen again asks Digory if it is true. He responds affirmatively and the woman grabs him suddenly by the chin and studies him for several minutes before surmising that he is not a magician but rather traveled on another person's magic.
Digory tells her that it was Uncle Andrew's doing. The palace continues crumbling around them and the great lady takes the children out of the palace. To get out, the woman utters a spell which vaporizes the door and they exit onto a terrace of sorts where they could look out over the countryside.
Everything as far as they could see was as silent and dead as a city could be. A great red sun, a dying sun, was low on the horizon, thus explaining the reddish glow inside. The woman proceeds to tell the story of Charn and the battle which destroyed it. The woman is Jadis , the last Queen of Charn. Her sister refused to release the throne and the battle ensued.
When the last of her soldiers fell in battle, Jadis stood on the very terrace where the children now stood. As her sister came up the steps, Jadis uttered the Deplorable Word and all life, except her own, was blotted out forever. Digory asks why the sun is so red. As he finds out, it is because the sun is older and dying. Since the sun in our own world is smaller and yellower, it is younger. This interests Jadis and she insists upon being taken to England at once.
The children, unsure of how to proceed, try to talk the queen out of going. Jadis offers a tale as to Digory's association with royalty and how Andrew must be the ruler of our world.
Polly tells her that the suggestion is rubbish and the queen, insulted, grabs Polly by the hair. In doing so, she releases her hold on Polly's hand which is why neither she nor Digory could reach their rings. Once her hand is free, Polly yells to Digory to touch his ring and the world vanished from around them and they found themselves again in the Wood. Because the queen had been holding onto Polly's hair, she too was transported from Charn into the Wood proving that one did not need to wear a ring in order to be transported.
He or she simply needed to be touching someone who had a ring. When the queen arrives in the Wood, her strength dissipates and she becomes helplessly weak.
They force her to release Polly and they head for the home pool. The witch cries out in a weak voice, begging the children not to leave her. Digory hesitates, feeling somewhat sorry for the witch. At Polly's urging, he leaps into the home pool. As he jumps, however, he feels the pinch of a finger and thumb on his ear.
The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis
As they draw closer to home, the grip tightens. When they arrive in Andrew's study, the old magician is in awe of what the children have brought with them. The witch had grabbed Digory by the ear and was thus transported with him.
She has regained her strength and draws herself up to her full height, that of a giantess, and quickly assessed her situation. Uncle Andrew nervously cracks his knuckles and licks his lips and bows repeatedly in order to quell the frightened sensation he feels. The queen demands to know who the magician is who brought her to this world.
Andrew eventually confesses that he is responsible. The witch violently grabs him by the hair and stares into his eyes. After a few moments she releases him, sending him sprawling across the room. She has determined that he is a minor magician, not of royal lineage, and that his form of magic was destroyed in Charn long ago. She orders Andrew to procure transportation so she may set about the conquest of the world, warning him to do nothing treacherous or else.
Andrew leaves sullenly. Left alone with the witch, the children fear for their safety, but the witch barely notices that they are present. She taps her foot impatiently, then leaves the room in search of Andrew. The children breathe again at last, relieved that they are safe for now. Polly begins to leave and tells Digory that she will not return until he has apologized for his behavior in Charn.
Digory apologizes and convinces Polly to return later to help get Jadis out of England for the sake of not scaring his sick mother to death. Meanwhile, Andrew has dashed to his room and is dressing himself in his finest clothes, sipping brandy as he goes, ever convincing himself that the witch would fall in love with him.
He adorns himself in his best coat, vest, and top hat and leaves the room. He sends the maid out to get a hansom cab before stopping to ask Letitia Digory's Aunt for some money so he can entertain his distinguished guest.
Letty, who is mending a mattress, refuses to let him have anything, seeing how she pays for all of his brandy and cigars. As Andrew begins to negotiate, the witch storms into the room, demanding to know how long she is to wait for her ride. Andrew's vanity melts in the presence of the witch and he becomes the same sniveling worm he had always been.
Letty, disapproving of the witch's bare arms and general appearance, demands that she leave at once or the police would be called. The witch utters a spell to destroy Aunt Letty but finds that her power does not have any affect in this world.
She instead grabs Letty by the neck and legs and throws her across the room before following Andrew to the hansom cab which has just arrived. Digory is aghast that the witch is loose in London but must turn his attention to Aunt Letty who, thankfully, fell on the mattress after the witch's treatment of her.
She asks the maid to call the police to report a lunatic on the loose. After Letty has been seen to, Digory begins to consider how to get the witch out of London. He seats himself at the front window to wait for her to return. While waiting, he overhears a neighbor who has brought some grapes to Digory's sick mother. Letty mentions that only the land of youth would revive her, but the grapes would be a great start.
This gets Digory thinking that there could perhaps be a land of youth that he could access through the Wood. He is about to touch the yellow ring when the witch arrives, riding the hansom cab like a surfboard. The horse pulling the cab is mad with terror. It barely misses a lamppost but , because of the horse's near miss, the hansom crashes into the post and is smashed to bits.
As the hansom crashes to a stop, the witch casually leaps from its roof and lands astride the horse, urging it into a more violent frenzy. Onlookers arrive and goad the witch on. The hansom's owner arrives and attempts to calm the horse.
As the police attempt to stop the witch, she reaches up and snaps a crossbar from the lamppost and brandishes it as a club, dropping policemen like sacks of wheat by bashing them in the skull. Andrew has since crawled out of the destroyed hansom and is attempting to calm the situation. Digory has come forth to try to touch the witch and get ahold of her heel so he can touch his yellow ring.
Polly arrives, after a brief punishment for being gone for so long before, and helps Digory. Finally, Digory grabs the witch and yells to Polly, who is touching him, to put on her yellow ring.
The world vanishes away and the entire assortment of players arrive in the wood. Digory, Polly, Andrew, the cabby, his horse, and the witch, all stare in wonder at the green wood around them. The horse, Strawberry , calms at once.
The witch slumps over the horse's neck in a near faint, and Andrew believes he is suffering from delirium. Contented, the horse begins strolling toward the nearest pool. Just as he dips to drinks, Digory calls out for Polly to switch to her green ring. The entire group disappears into the pool, descending into a landed on a solid emptiness.
No light appears; Digory is confused as to why they have not arrived in the new world. He believes that they must be in Charn at midnight, but the witch refutes his idea, claiming that they were surrounded by Nothing. She declares that her doom has come.
The cabby suggests that they have all just fallen into a new tunnel for the subway and that they would all be rescued soon enough. He strikes up a hymn. For the sake of comfort, Polly and Digory join in. As they sing, Andrew sidles up to Digory and tells him to put on the ring so they can be off. Digory backs away from him with Polly in tow and declares that he would never be so horrible as to leave Polly or the Cabby.
Their aloneness is broken by the sound of a singing Voice, a lovely Voice that brought fear and wonder to the hearts of the strangers. Wether it was coming from all around them at once, or only from beneath them , they where unable to tell. Suddenly stars appear overhead and thousands of voices join with the first Voice. They sing with it for a time before fading away, but the first Voice continues to grow in strength. As the sound grows, the horizon begins to become lighter and as the music reaches its climax, the sun rises for the first time.
The witch appears to understand the music, Andrew is horrified, and the others listen in warm contentment. In the light of the sun, the strangers could see the landscape, barren and devoid of life. Most important, they could all see the singer - a Lion. The witch demands that the magic be prepared so they can take flight. Rowling, as well. I could feel it, I could feel the connection between their writings and this work.
And I was reminded of how Polly and Digory couldn't help but wonder about Rowling's Cedric Diggory here are allowed to witness the birth of a world, along with Digory's reluctant uncle, the cockney Cabby and his horse, Strawberry. This was, for me, the most stunning part of the story, and C. Lewis does a beautiful job of capturing both the grandeur and awe of Creation here. If you had seen and heard it, as Digory did, you would have felt quite certain that it was the stars themselves which were singing, and that it was the First Voice, the deep one, which had made them appear and made them sing.
Well, all of us except Jadis. I startled my daughters, twice, while imitating her speech. And Aslan. Does Aslan ever get old? I'll call my son and confirm that he was correct. Yes, you've got to read this one first. View all 28 comments. Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.
Personally, I like this book just as well as any others in the series. I love to see how everything got started, the lamp post, the wardrobe, the White Witch. Not to mention the beautiful allegory of Creation. The Magician's Nephew also has good morals Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked.
The Magician's Nephew also has good morals, and I really appriciate that. I would recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl, old or young. Please feel free to read and enjoy the series however you deem best.
I haven't read any of the Chronicles of Narnia in six years, and now have very little opinion on the debate of what order to read these good books in. My previous opinion was based on my long-lived, chronological order reading preference. I liked to see things in a linear sequence.
View all 19 comments. Oh gosh, how many years must it be since I last read this book, 30? A true joy to read, that is how writing should be. Probably one of the lesser known Narnia books but the start of the series none the less and our first introduction to Aslan, and a delight to read. I had no intention of starting this series this year or even anytime soon, but I saw the boxed set on the shelf Oh gosh, how many years must it be since I last read this book, 30?
I had no intention of starting this series this year or even anytime soon, but I saw the boxed set on the shelf and thought why not. What a great decision that was. View all 9 comments. Lewis tan bello y sutil. View 2 comments. Feb 29, Deborah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Everyone - of all ages. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Magician's Nephew tells of how it all started.
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How Narnia was created. And, how the wardrobe came to be. A wonderful read, full of magic, wit, adventure, and hope. Next, Spoiler alert. That's not a good thing. Uncle Andrew was selfish, un-caring, and really, a blundering fool. While reading, I often found myself wondering if The Magician's Nephew tells of how it all started.
While reading, I often found myself wondering if Digory was destined to end up like his Uncle. But, my dear friends, I can happily tell you he does not.
The power to overcome our weaknesses, our evil tendencies, and even our bad genes, is very real.
Especially when we surround ourselves with good people, as Digory did. Though we may not always have all the power needed residing in our own being, know there is a much higher, and greater power to call on.
The evil Queen Jadis, so horribly magnificent. She is obviously, the serpent of the story. I find it interesting that Queen Jadis had to be awakened, before she could cause any damage. Is that not how it really works? We let, and somtimes invite, our own serepnt in, even if we don't specifically mean to do just that. And it's usually through those weaknesses that it happens. Digory was a very curious boy. Digory woke her by ringing a bell that was sitting in the middle of the room.
He had no idea what he was doing, when he did it. But sometimes curiosity overrides judgement. Polly, Digory's friend throughout the story, was never even tempted to ring the bell.
I find she is a great support for Digory, even though they may be very different. Surrounding yourself with others with different strengths and opinions, help us to be balanced and reasonable. And of course, the regal and just Aslan. The king, the savior of the Story. I laughed throughout this book, but there were two times that I cried. You should know that Digory left behind a Mother who is deathly ill.
He wanted nothing more than to have her be healed and well again. He missed her. Aslan sent Digory on a mission, to make up for awakening the queen, and thus bringing her to Narnia. Before he leaves, and Aslan asks him if he's ready for his mission.
He had had for a second some wild idea of saying "I'll try to help you if you'll promise to help my Mother," but he realized in time that the Lion was not at all the sort of person one could try to make bargains with.
But when he had said "Yes," he thought of his Mother, and he thought of the great hopes he had had, and how they were all dying away, and a lump came in his throat and tears in his eyes, and he blurted out: What he saw surprised him as much as anyhting in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent near his own and wonder of wonders great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's won that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself.
Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. He didn't know how it was to be done but he felt quite sure now that he would be able to do it. These apples give you endless life.
So he takes an apple, puts it in his pocket, and returns to Aslan. They throw the apple, and it plants itself in the earth, where a new, large and wonderful tree grows. And this is what happens next. What I give you now will bring joy. It will not, in your world, give endless life, but it will heal. Pluck [your Mother] an apple from the Tree.
It was as if the whole world had turned inside out and upside down. And then, like someone in a dream, he was walking across to the Tree, and the King and Queen and were cheering him and all the creatures were cheering too.
After doing Aslan's bidding, knowing he will get nothing in return, he does receive something in return. What he's wanted with his whole heart throughout the book. Because of Aslan. This kind, just, and merciful creator of Narnia.
View all 5 comments. I really enjoyed reading this one. Fun and fast read, and I also loved reading about how it all started. And even though I noticed a lot of connections with Christianity, I didn't pay a lot of attention to it. I just enjoyed the story in general. I think this is probably my favorite, right after Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. Mar 25, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: Reading with my little girl.
The formation of Narnia, of certain rings, and a lion's song.
The Magician's Nephew: Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1
And, of course, apples. In certain ways, I liked the more than the first time and less as well. The first half was an awful old slog that had me as bored as my daughter while we were in dreary old England. But once we got to the fight in the streets and the chaos that drove the group to empty Narnia, I think we were both pretty excited. From then on, too. Quite nice to experience the backstory this way. Much better now as an adult, too. That light post sure means a lot more. View all 4 comments.
I first read these books at about ten years of age, and I remember that for the most part, I loved them. The Magician's Nephew is actually the sixth book of the series, but was written with the intention of it being a prelude, to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which, back in the day, was my favourite of the series. I enjoyed reading just how Narnia was discovered, and meeting Aslan himself. He is probably my favourite character in Narnia. It was interesting to have some question's answered I first read these books at about ten years of age, and I remember that for the most part, I loved them.
It was interesting to have some question's answered too, such as, what does the lamppost have to do with anything? And,why did the Witch dislike Aslan so much? Reading this book in my thirties, I realise that apart from being an imaginative fantasy book, there are some moral lessons in there for children to take away and think about.
However, I really disapproved of the rather strong and seemingly constant biblical references contained in the story. It simply wasn't needed, and quite honestly, I felt like I had the book of Genesis shoved in my face. The story would have stood well enough without it, and that is why, even though I do love the series, I cannot give this book higher than three stars. View all 7 comments. Feb 24, Ida rated it liked it. Starting Narnia while writing my Bachelor thesis was probably not the best idea..
I love how the story was being told, and I kept hearing Liam Neeso Starting Narnia while writing my Bachelor thesis was probably not the best idea.. I love how the story was being told, and I kept hearing Liam Neesons voice while reading, but to be honest I found the book quite boring. I read and re-read those books until they literally fell apart. Tumnus, Eustace, Prince Caspian, Reepicheep, and all the other lovely characters in the series.
I re-read this series every few years because the stories are still incredibly enjoyable for me. Religious allegory and symbolism never enter my head as I read this For Christmas when I was 9 years old, my parents gave me a box set of The Chronicles of Narnia. Religious allegory and symbolism never enter my head as I read this series I enjoy it as delightful children's fantasy and leave the author's religious views out of it. The books do impart important lessons on friendship, loyalty, cowardice and bravery, respect, forgiveness, and love.
Just a lovely book series for children and adults alike! So, as part of GAR, I'm re-reading this series. I started with The Magician's Nephew because even though this book was published as the fifth book of the series, it is a prequel to the other books explaining how Narnia was created.
I listened to an audio book version of this novel. At just under 4 hours long, it was an easy afternoon listen as I did housework and worked in my garden. Kenneth Branagh narrated.
He read at a nice even pace. Despite my hearing loss, I could easily hear and understand the entire book. It was great to re-visit an old favorite! I'm currently on my library's waiting list for the next audio book: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. I'm happy to be 16 waiting on 4 copies. The wait means that others are reading this lovely series, and that makes me happy!
I have the "real'' book on my keeper shelf, of course. But I'm going to continue listening to audio book versions until I've listened to the whole series.
Up til now I have read the books, watched video versions Loving it so far! I know as a young child the books gave me hours and hours of happiness Since the s when the books were first published, this series has given so much joy and wonder to so many readers. It's just outstanding!
Favorite character -- easy choice for me -- Reepicheep, the very brave mouse! Before all is said and done, I will have re-read all 7 books in the series. While I wait for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to come available at the library, I will move on and read other books from the list. I can't wait until the television series starts airing on PBS on September 11, !! Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
Lewis is one of those books I read just because. Because I always wondered what exactly Narnia was. So because of all those reasons, I wiped the dust off of it and read it. This b Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths. Well, I guess Aslan is there toward the end, but honestly, the majority of the book is about Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer and that was okay, because their story was easy to grasp.
You see, these two neighbors met, become friends then decide to explore the attic connecting their houses. Hence the name of our book: It seems Uncle Andrew has been dabbling in ancient magic that allows one to travel between worlds. In order to save Polly, Digory is blackmailed by his uncle into testing another magic ring so as to follow Polly; our young hero also takes two green ones just in case they can actually try to return home. When Digory touches his yellow ring it transports him to a wood between the worlds where he finds Polly alive and well.
Also, there is a series of pools which the two discover leads to separate universes. Of course, our two, young adventures decide not to immediately return home to England but to explore a different world and so jump into one of the nearby pools. Instantaneously, Digory and Polly find themselves in a desolate, abandoned city of some strange, ancient world, which they later learn is Charn.
Inside an ancient building, which they surmise must have been a palace, they discover a huge room filled with statuesque figures of Charn's former kings and queens. These perfect statues are beautiful beyond compare but seem to degenerate from the fair and wise of the first to the unhappy and cruel of the later.
Among these images from some long forgotten past, there is a bell and a hammer with these words written: Make your choice, adventurous Stranger Strike the bell and bide the danger Or wonder, till it drives you mad What would have followed if you had. The story of Narnia start with that bell. Everything else spirals out from the fateful choice placed before Digory and Polly on whether to ring that bell. But it begins at the decision before the bell. All in all, this was a very entertaining story.
For that reason alone, I recommend fans of the series give it a try. I've gotten so used to always having a new Narnia book to read when I feel in the mood and now I only have one more book to read. Then I'm finished! It's kinda sad actually lol But I really had a good time reading this one!
Definitely another favorite! But who am I kidding? I hope they continue making them! Anyone else feel the same? P Great book all-in-all. Loved getting to see I've gotten so used to always having a new Narnia book to read when I feel in the mood and now I only have one more book to read.
Loved getting to see how Narnia got started! Nov 21, Annie rated it liked it Shelves: I'm not really a fantasy fan, but I have always wanted to read the Chronicles of Narnia, especially after watching the movies.
The Magician's Nephew, although 6th in the publication order, chronologically it is the first in the series. I read that C. Lewis himself had recommended reading this as the first in the series. Although written way later than the Lion Witch and the Wardrobe, I can understand why the author wanted the readers to start his Chronicles with Magician's Nephew.
Here the rea I'm not really a fantasy fan, but I have always wanted to read the Chronicles of Narnia, especially after watching the movies. Here the readers are introduced to the world of Narnia and the great Lion - Aslan.
It also introduces the characters of Jadis who will become the White Witch, Digory who will be Professor Kirke, and it also explains the famous lamp post in Narnia and the wardrobe through which the passage to Narnia was secured. The story is a beautiful introduction to the series was good. It sets the pace well for the chronicles to unfold.
The creation of Narnia is so beautifully done and I felt so glad to have entered that amazing world. The read was interesting and engaging. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to read the rest of the chronicles in their chronological order.
Nov 18, Nadine Brandes rated it it was amazing. Just finished reading this to hubby. He is now, officially, a Narnian.
Nov 29, Allison Tebo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Very excited about this one! It used to frighten me. It was different from the other Narnia books. But there were parts of it I liked very much and I tolerated the rest of it because it is, after all, Narnia. Then I read it again at the beginning of and enjoyed it in a way I had never been able to before. The mood is very dreamy and rich "as rich as plum cake" and I was pulled irretrievably in.
It is a little darker than the other Narnia books, but it still has the old sweet scent of Narnia - but a wilder, tangier scent - it feels different from all the other Narnia books.
Something magical might be sparkling beyond the greyness if only we look hard enough — or climb into the right attic. The setting of Charn, a dead and empty city, has a post-apocalyptic tone. He's so different from all of Lewis' other English boys - you can really see the budding scholar in Digory. The flame will burn him, but he HAS to touch it to make sure. Digory has an inherently curious and busy mind and needs to test and question everything around him.
Naturally, in the form of a little boy who hasn't learned a lot of restraint yet, that will lead to complications. He has an ego that sometimes comes with being academic, and is very much afraid of looking foolish and often does foolish things to preserve his dignity.
And yet, there is a sweetness to Digory, a depth of grief that is missing in the other young heroes of The Chronicles of Narnia.
The arc between him and his mother is raw, beautiful, and heartbreaking. We rarely get to see filial love in The Chronicles of Narnia , and it was so precious to witness. I also noticed that, as a Victorian boy, Digory was the most gentlemanly of the English boys - always helping Polly in and out of things or up onto things. In some ways, he is the weakest of all the English boys in Narnia, but in other ways, he is the strongest, and shares an unusual connection with Aslan, for it only they that truly understand sorrow.
Also vastly different from any other English girls in the Chronicles of Narnia. Far less emotional than other Narnia heroines, Polly has an immensely strong will and a strong personality — she goes toe-to-toe with Digory without flinching and sometimes wins.
Polly can be curious about small things, but when it comes to the big picture, she opts for safety and practicality, she is perhaps one of the most practical characters in Narnia but she is not a whiner about it.
But even though she wants to go back to London after entering the Wood between the Worlds, she doesn't whine about it as Susan Pevensie did when she wanted to run home through the wardrobe. Polly can be afraid but she doesn't let it control her.
There's a good, old-fashioned stouthearted Victorian quality to Polly. You can easily see how this young girl growing into the independent character of Last Battle who is a perfectly happy, single woman. Digory and Polly - The Duo: Every set of children from England is so different in The Chronicles of Narnia. Polly and Digory are a far more clinical, studier lot than the children that come after them.
They act older and far more self-reliant, as opposed to the more child-like Pevensies. They are far more polite than the liberalized, bad-mannered Pole and Scrubb, nor are they complainers, but put their heads down and do what has to be done.
I loved how Lewis showed a very subtle and brilliantly done culture shift through his three sets of British children, and as far as their general tone, Polly and Digs might be my very favorite, because of their no-nonsense, mini-adult charm.
He might be a cab driver, but he is a true King. You rather get the feeling from other authors Tolkien does come to mind again that no mere common citizen could ever become King. Frank might seem simple, but we see a core of faithfulness and goodness — a Goodness that contagious, and a Steady Heart is as irresistible as a warm fire on a cold night. From the very moment we are introduced to him, we see a kindness under the rough edges.
The moment our heroes are plunged into emptiness, it is Frank who keeps everyone calm and advises that they sing a hymn and we know that here is a man who is not only spiritual, but knows where to turn during disaster — and that is what makes him great.
Lewis shows that kings and queens are just ordinary people. We also, are just ordinary people, and yet God will make His ordinary children rulers. The Talking Animals: Oh these darling, darling animals! I cannot express enough love for these creatures. Very few authors can accurately portray true innocence — but Lewis can.
I rejoiced in the boundless and joyful innocence of these dear animals. These, sturdy, good-hearted and thoroughly British animals, blessed with Life by the Lion and romping for the sheer joy of it. Lewis used his talking animals to show that there is nobility in servitude and submission, and beauty in the unclutteredness of a simple spirit. I adored every one of these thoughtful and humorous creatures so much. But I must give special mention of Fledge, who, unlike the other animals, started out as a very ordinary, dull beast and was given new, magnificent life by Aslan while still retaining that sturdy personality.
The only Pegasus ever mentioned or at least dwelt on by Lewis, Fledge is definitely a wonderful character. Aunt Letty: I had to mention her. I love that there is nothing pathetic about Aunt Letty. She's a spinster shouldering the full responsibility of a child, a good-for-nothing, and an invalid, but despite what some people would call being "beset on all sides" there is nothing self-pitying about Aunt Letty.
She is sturdy, steady, no-nonsense, and "holds the line" with admirable elan. Aunt Letty, in all her brevity, is nothing short of a delight. Speaking of Aunt Letty requires me to mention all of the other tiny characters sprinkled throughout this book - the bobby with a small pencil, the singularly saucy crowd mocking Jadis, the maid who enjoys all the carnage and spectacle, and even the poor, dear guinea pig. Lewis is a meticulous and thoughtful author who doesn't overlook a single character - and gives a happy ending even to guinea pigs.
Uncle Andrew: I think all authors could benefit from studying this character. Most writers style their villains off of Jadis - evil arch villains. Uncle Andrew is a human villain, and as such more unique, more humorous, more pathetic.
He is enamored with the idea of his quest, with the idea of being a benefactor and a genius — and, naturally, he is nothing of the kind. Andrew is the dangerous and pathetic character of a man trapped in the refuse of their own shallowness and spiraling rapidly down the drain of self-destruction. But even those he is despicable, Lewis portrays him with a kind of pitying tone, as indeed, we pity all those who stand against the True King.
I am so tired of the villains in fantasy—they are always painted so lavishly, their darkness is so awful. The fear they invoke seems unavoidable, their cruelty undefeatable.
The Magician's Nephew
Here at last, at last, is Evil as portrayed as it truly is—fleeing before Light. There is a feeble act of defiance and rebellion here and there, but it is always skulking in the shadows, but when the Lion approaches, Evil shrieks and flees. One of the reason I grow frustrated with Tolkien and so many other fantasy authors; evil is given too much respect, too much power, too much dignity, and those attributes should never be attributed to evil.
Evil may be powerful, but it is not all-powerful. Satan has what he truly wanted—enmity with God—and in having what he wants, he is forever doomed to despair, fury and Hell, and we see that picture painted so clearly with Jadis, as she bites into the apple from the garden, gaining what she desires - and still finds nothing but defeat.
Truth upon truth, as Digory and Polly come to understand the villains, themselves, and Aslan better and better — they are less afraid of Jadis. They are wary of what damage or complications she might inflict, but fear no longer controls them — THEY control each encounter with her.
They fully understand that they have the power to escape her tricks and attacks — and if they cannot, their trust lies in a far greater Person than Jadis. Aslan is more powerful than Jadis and is it Aslan that will save them. Which brings me to Him. All Narnia stories are always, ultimately, about Aslan. Always, always — it is about Aslan. Every other character, every scene, is merely dough for the filling, skin and ligaments surrounding the Heart—a beautiful, sacred Heart that beats with unending Love.
In every book, Aslan grows bigger as I grow older. In every book, we see a new side of Aslan, with every re-reading. That glorious lion, singing the song I love best of all, the song of life. And yet, we see a foreshadowing to His ultimate sacrifice. Even surrounded by New Life, there is a moment of grief between Digory and Aslan — but when the grief is shared and put into perspective, there is beauty in it, and it belongs.
There is a prostration here before Aslan that, I think, is a tad stronger than the other books, for this is where the tone is set for the rest of the series. Aslan is merely the reflection of the One I love — but what a beautifully and humbly crafted reflection. Fiction nowadays will show us anything but this. Fiction is glutted with characters trying to do things their way, railing against God, making deals with God, ignoring God.
But here at last, in Aslan, we get a portrayal of God that will not be ignored. Here, in these young children flailing in their reasoning, doing the unthinkable in modern fiction — humbling themselves before the Divine.
There is also incredibly moving themes about pain in this story. Digory bears a heavy weight of loss. I connected incredibly with Digory during this reading and his quest to be free of the hurt he holds. As if we are the only ones carrying pain! Until we give it to Aslan. At first, Digory struggles to find solutions with his own power and strength and inevitably falls into sin and is pressed even deeper into the pit under the force of failure.
We cannot make deals with God—to do so is not only the height of disrespect, but shows how little we know Him. One does not bargain with a King. And finally, at the end, Digory sees the truth of that. The scene where Digory asks Aslan if he will heal his mother brought tears to my eyes. Surrounded by excitement, joy and newness, and yet Digory feels slightly removed because of the burden he carries.
The new life is around him, he has been obedient, but the life and joy has not yet entered his heart. Until he finally learns to stop asking.
Your journey is my journey too: I understand it intimately. It is when we stop trying to force the King to our will, that we find His hand is open, reaching out to us, and full of miracles. In the end as Digory cuts down the magic tree and builds a wardrobe we are filled with promise.Polly welcomes the boy with a hello and asks his name.
This article is missing information about Error: In the light of the sun, the strangers could see the landscape, barren and devoid of life.
The lamp post and the witch and whatnot. I could feel it, I could feel the connection between their writings and this work. Aslan asks Polly if she has forgiven Digory for the harm he had done in Charn, and she says that she has. It simply wasn't needed, and quite honestly, I felt like I had the book of Genesis shoved in my face.
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