If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dreamThe real world is boring it s mundane, unimaginative and dry So humans create fantasy as a means of escape We watch movies or go to the theatre to see something interesting than the standard realities of the everyday We paint pictures and gaze up at the stars We play video games and roleplay We dream Authors like C.S Lewis and J.K Rowling show us this miserable world they show us its tones of grey Then underneath it all they reveal something spectacular they reveal fantasy So we have four rather ordinary children about to embark on an extraordinary adventure As a child I used to always daydream I ve always been somewhat introverted and would prefer imagining faraway places than existing in the now I still do this as an adult And this is why I love fantasy so much because it is so immersive it literally takes my mind away Lucy, Susan, Edward and Peter are the lucky ones When they stumble across the wardrobe, the gateway into a interesting realm, they experience something spectacularShe did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one Sure, there s a war going on And, certainly, there s an evil witch going around murdering people But, for me, that d be a price worth paying For in Narnia there is also Aslan and a whole bunch of interesting characters There is hope, magic and companionship The wise old Aslan though is the star of the show He sacrifices himself for his friends, for his people Though one issue I have with the book, and one that makes me very much aware of the text as a construct, is the questions over why Aslan actually needed to the four children He pretty much deals with the problems by himself There s prophecy involved, but on a plot level he clearly could have sorted this mess out without any outside interference I ve seen a lot of hate over these books because of the Christian allegories involved in the storytelling Now I find this somewhat stupid I m not a Christian, far from it, but you can t really criticise a book because of this It s incredibly na ve It would be like judging Jane Eyrebased on its feminism aspects or Shakespeare s exploration of colonialism inThe Tempest It s silly This book is, undeniable, full of Christian dogmatism But it s what the author wanted it to be If you read Tolkien s work there are so many allusions the world wars this doesn t affect the overall storytelling It s simply what is there Read this with an open mind, as an English Literature student, I read the bible I don t believe the words inside, but I can still enjoy the experience And this story is no different Take it for what it isWrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no ,When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again And that s something special I do, however, much prefer the works of Tolkien I feel that his writing is universal in terms of age audience With this though, I m very much aware of it as a children s book The prose is designed to sound like a children s bedtime story in places That s not exactly a bad thing though I love Narnia but I can, at least from my perspective, objectively say that Tolkien was a better writer Though what Narnia does have is Aslan It s hard not to Aslan Wouldn t it be just wonderful if he met Gandalf Could you imagine the stories those two could share I m dreaming again. Y all are out there watching Avengers Endgame while I am at home watching the classic 80s cartoon of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe A whole lotta nostalgia going on.Why am I watching it right now Well, I just finished a reread of the book, and it is simply as magical as I remember It is a well written fantasy story that is not too complex and, therefore, is accessible to young and old alike It does indeed have Christian allegory, but it is up to you whether you want to read it with that in mind or not One thing about the dialogue is that while it is simple, there are some words and phrases that are dated to the time period it was written Because of this, a dictionary may be helpful every so often throughout the book One place where Google came in quite handy was in the chapter about Turkish Delight It might have been common long ago or in other parts of the world, but I was not quite sure what it is.Finally, the best part of this reread was that I read it out loud to my 7 and 5 year old It feels great to pass great books on to them Also, it was magical to watch how much they enjoyed it They we re even drawing pictures of the characters and running around the house pretending to look for the wardrobe Side note some versions of the series have this as the first book Some have it as the second Even though I have read them all before, I don t really have an opinion on the matter I think either order is just fine. My greatest disappointment in The Screwtape Letters was that Lewis was not able to demonstrate what made his good people good or his bad people bad The closest he got to defining goodness was that you could tell the good people from the vague aura of light that surrounded them and which even shone in their cat In this book, the cat is much bigger.Aslan had no character, he was just a big, dull stand in Lewis often tells us how great he is, but never demonstrates what it is that makes him great or impressive Sure, he helps the kids, but all that makes him is a plot facilitator He also has his big Jesus moment, but that has the same problem as the original if he already knows that there will be no lasting negative outcome, how much of a sacrifice is it, really But then, Aslan isn t based on the original fig cursing, church rejecting, rebel Jesus, but the whitewashed version Like Mickey Mouse, Jesus started out as an oddball troublemaker with his fair share of personality, but becoming the smiling face of a multinational organization bent on world domination takes a lot out of a mascot, whether your magic castle is in California or Rome.Such a visible figure must become universally appealing, universally friendly and loving, lest some subset of followers feel left out And it s this Buddy Christ tradition from which Aslan springs Devoid of insight, wisdom, or charm, Aslan is just here to do all the things that our protagonists can t do.This also beggars the question why didn t Aslan just take care of all this stuff long before the kids arrived Why did all the animals and fairies and giants have to suffer the pain of an endless winter We re never given any good reason Aslan had to wait for the kids since in the end, he does it all on his own, anyways Sure, Lewis mentions something vague about a prophecy, but in fantasy, prophecy is always a bandaid authors stick over their plot holesUh, the shlubby nobody is a hero because the prophecy says he is he defeats the ultimate evil because the prophecy says he canThe only thing the kids do is help run the battle, but this is only necessary because Aslan is absent, and he s only absent because the kids screwed up, meaning the entire thing would have gone off without a hitch if they had never showed up in the first place.In that regard, I have to say Lewis did an excellent job boiling down Christianity into a fable, and leaving the problem of evil completely intact Some readers suggest that Aslan lets the queen take over to teach the kids a lesson, but is it really worthwhile to let all the inhabitants of a kingdom suffer a century of misery just to teach a few kids about the true meaning of friendship The villain is just as poorly constructed, and seems less concerned with defeating her enemies than with being pointlessly capricious She manages to trick one of the children, but instead of taking advantage of this fact, she immediately makes it clear that she tricked him I mean, how did someone that incompetent take over in the first place Selectively stupid characters are silly and convenient, especially as villains, because this completely undermines their role as foil It is impressive when characters overcome challenges, but not when challenges simply crumble before them The children are lucky the Queen was of a fart stealing Old Nick than a Miltonian Satan, otherwise they never would have stood a chance.It is interesting to look at how many Christian authors have tried to reconcile their faith with complex fairy mythologies not that Christianity doesn t have its own magical fairy tales, but these other traditions are not exactly compatible Dante has Virgil lead him through hell, the Buddha was made into a saint, holidays were given new meanings even if they often kept old symbols and names , and magical monsters were also given a place in the new faith.In the Middle Ages, monks compiled Bestiaries , which described the roles of dragons, unicorns, and real animals in Christian synbolism there were even century spanning debates about whether dog headed men were descended from Adam These books were rarely accurate, but allowed Christian theology to adopt many stories and superstitions from earlier periods for instance, the connection between unicorns and virginity or the belief that pelicans fed their own blood to their young, in imitation of communion.So Lewis attempt to take myth and adapt it to a Christian cosmology is hardly new there is a long and storied tradition explored throughout the Chivalric period and recognizable today in books like The Once and Future King, but Lewis doesn t do a very good job of reconciling these disparate mythologies.Like most Protestants, Lewis religion was a modern one not magical and mystical, but reasonable and utilitarian He did not draw on the elaborate, convoluted apocrypha of hallucinatory monsters and miracles that mystics obsess over, instead, he made a small, sane, reasonable magical world which rather defeats the point It is unfortunate that many of today s readers think of Lewis writings as defining English fairy tales, since his late additions to the genre are not original, nor are they particularly well executed examples.Many authors have come to the genre with much imagination, a deeper sense of wonder, and a far reaching exploration of magic We have examples from Kipling, Lewis Carroll, Dunsany, Eddison, Morris, and even modern updates by Gaiman and Clarke Lewis, like Tolkien, may be a well known example, but both are rather short sighted, and neither one achieves as much as the many talented authors who came before.I m not saying Lewis is bad, merely that he is unremarkable, and is hardly preeminent in fantasy, or even in children s fantasy However, I do think his fundamental message is a bad one, even if he didn t realize he was creating it In all his worlds, all his stories, he takes the sorts of people he dislikes, defines them as evil , then sets himself apart from them There is no attempt to comprehend or to come to mutual understanding I cannot respect a book which encourages people to vilify what they don t understand and to call isolation righteous If any worldview deserves the epithet of evil , it is the sort of willful, prideful, self indulgent ignorance Lewis displays.My List of Suggested Fantasy Books Lucy looks into a wardrobeI was feeling rather nostalgic this holiday season for some reason, and I thought what better way to pay homage to my childhood than by rereading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time in a very long time And, friends, I fell so in love I actually think I m going to make it a holiday tradition to read this book every single December for the rest of my life And it was so funny, because I was very apprehensive going in, because when I was little, I think the religious themes went over my head, but I didn t know how overbearing they would be reading this story for the first time as an adult But it honestly wasn t too much I mean, some of the characters in Narnia refer to the kids as Son of Adam and Daughter of Eve and like I get the parallels with Aslan and Jesus now But I still think it was very thoughtfully done and didn t pull me out of the story or anything like that But if you are unfamiliar with this beloved children s tale, this is a story about four children who have been recently adopted by an old professor who lives in a massive house And one rainy day, while the kids are bored, they decide to explore the house that is now their new home And the youngest of the children find a portal to a magical land, ruled by the White Witch, who is causing an endless winter Lucy The Best Character Edmund What A Little Shit Peter Good Guy Susan Group Mom Aslan Simba Who Tumnus Second Fave, Even Though He Almost Kidnapped My First Fave.But there was so much that I forgot about this story Mr Beaver poppin open a cold one at dinner, Tumnus almost kidnapping Lucy, Everything the professor says to the kids and how he helps them, Edmund being the such a little shit that even my patience was getting tested, Turkish Delights, Father Christmas, and him giving the kids weapons as gifts Overall, this was just the perfect winter wonderland to me From closet, to lamppost, to dam, to forest, to castle, I never wanted to leave this adventure I am not sure if it is a lot of nostalgia talking, but this was maybe the best thing I read all holiday season It was exactly what I wanted, and I was truly enthralled from the first to last page I never wanted to leave this endless Winter Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube TwitchBuddy read with Julie from Pages and Pens What s it with British literature How from a relatively small pool of population can such creative writers emerge I don t like C.S Lewis s non fiction books, but here he knocked the ball out of the park.Aslan, whose antics and decision making and beliefs are difficult to map, is the way by which the children triumph If Alice in Wonderland was positively secular, TLTWaTW is heavily defined by the Christian mythos.There are many shining examples of pause to let the tension play out, before a little of the adventure is revealed Curiously, along with wonder, it is with the realization that I read this book It s very much Anglo Saxon in nature, yet it lends itself to translation so easily It s a book that does not belong to any age, decade, or era It s a little wonder of writing The figures agree with me This book is apparently one of the top 10 bestselling books of all time. One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again. It s like C.S Lewis was speaking to me I never read these as a child but now that I m in my mid twenties, I m feeling the urge to visit all those childhood classics I never read And I m so glad I did Peter did not feel very brave indeed, he felt he was going to be sick But that made no difference to what he had to do. Four siblings on a rainy day play hide and seek The youngest discovers an incredible secret in the back of the old wardrobe in their uncle s house After a fair amount of convincing, she and her three siblings set out to explore and are soon whisked into the land of Narnia Narnia It s all in the wardrobe just like I told youCould you imagine a magical world I ve watched the movie as a kid but reading the book It s 110% better The amazing characters from Mr Tumnus to the White Queen just tie this story together Unforgettable.Audiobook CommentsRead by Michael York and this was a pleasure to listen to I felt like a little kid being read to Blog Instagram Twitter The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe Chronicles of Narnia, 1 , C.S LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children, by C S Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950 It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia 1950 1956 Among all the author s books, it is also the most widely held in libraries Although it was written as well as published first in the series, it is volume two in recent editions, which are sequenced by the stories chronology the first being The Magician s Nephew In 1940, four siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, whose surname we will learn in a later book is Pevensie are among many children evacuated from London during World War II to escape the Blitz They are sent to the countryside to live with an old professor, later to be named Digory Kirke Exploring the professor s house, Lucy finds a wardrobe which doubles as a magic portal to a forest in a land called Narnia At a lamppost oddly located in the forest, she meets Tumnus, a faun, who invites her to tea in his home There the faun confesses that he invited her not out of hospitality, but with the intention of betraying her to the White Witch The witch has ruled Narnia for years, using magic to keep it frozen in a perpetual winter She has ordered all Narnians to turn in any humans Sons of Adam or Daughters of Eve they come across But now that he has come to know and like a human, Tumnus repents his original intention and escorts Lucy back to the lamppost 2002 1377 218 9646038085 1379 166 1382 169 9647100116 1384 20 1386 236 9644178505 1392 238 9789644178504 1 1387 168 9789648890846 5 stars to C.S Lewis s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Adored it I must have read it three or four times as a child Hits all the spots in my reading dreams a forest A large family Talking animals Secrets Mystery Drama Hidden messages Saga and series Every child should read it.Imagination runs free here 4 children stuck a house 1 goes exploring and finds herself lost in the world of Narnia And the rest follow her.Siblings fight The book shows what happens when you don t listen to one another.Aslan, the hero lion, helps show what sacrifice is all about Good stuff.I spent many a days looking for the secret world hidden somewhere in my closets While I never actually transported to another world, this book is like its own Narnia a transport into something magical. There Are A Thousand Stories In The Land Of Narnia, And The First Is About To Be Told In An Extraordinary Motion Picture, The Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, From Walt Disney Pictures And Walden MediaIn The Never Ending War Between Good And Evil, The Chronicles Of Narnia Set The Stage For Battles Of Epic Proportions Some Take Place In Vast Fields, Where The Forces Of Light And Darkness Clash But Other Battles Occur Within The Small Chambers Of The Heart And Are Equally DecisiveJourneys To The Ends Of The World, Fantastic Creatures, Betrayals, Heroic Deeds And Friendships Won And Lost All Come Together In An Unforgettable World Of Magic So Join The Battle To End All BattlesThe Second Volume InThe Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion, The Witch And The WardrobeNarnia A Land Frozen In Eternal Winter A Country Waiting To Be Set FreeFour Adventurers Step Through A Wardrobe Door And Into The Land Of Narnia A Land Enslaved By The Power Of The White Witch But When Almost All Hope Is Lost, The Return Of The Great Lion, Aslan, Signals A Great Change And A Great Sacrifice Back Cover What are you doing on that wardrobe Narnia Business I read this book as a book challenge and adored it I had not read this book before and did not know of its existence as a child I would have loved it even then, I imagine Four English children, removed from London for their safety during WWII, are sent to a country manor to live with a professor Lucy is the first to enter the wardrobe and be transported into the secret world of Narnia There she meets a talking faun who eventually warns her about the white witch who keeps Narnia in a constant state of winter A human s presence in Narnia is threatening to her and the animals are under orders to inform her at once Once back home, she informs her siblings who do not believe her until they too eventually enter the wardrobe and the world of Narnia.Narnia is full of talking animals, magic, and the loathsome witch who turns animals into stone statues if they do not do as she pleases With the help of a Beaver couple, they escape in time and get to meet Aslan, who teaches them true bravery, sacrifice and teamwork.This is a great fantasy book for both children and adults alike Suspension of belief and a desire for entertainment is all one needs to enjoy this book The illustrations are precious and go perfectly with the story.