It s mildly embarrassing that I ve lived almost 32 years and I ve only read one book from the Narnia series Well, I guess I ve read two now, but I feel like I should have read those a long time ago As an adult, it s difficult to even rate this book fairly because the adult version of myself wants to be all critical and make comments about how this isn t Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it s not supposed to be And that s fine with me Is this the first book in the series Is it the sixth Does it even matter I m reading it first because I conducted a very thorough investigation into the series and determined that my plan to read them this way is the right way to read them However, my very scientific thorough analysis also concluded that this book can be read later and no one really cares and it doesn t really matter in the grand scheme of things Just read the series is all I m saying, although I haven t even read the series myself so that may be moderately premature on my part It was neat to read about the origins of Narnia Whoa did I just say neat That was an accident Lemme get back to words I actually use in real life It was awesome to read about the origins of Narnia The lamp post and the witch and whatnot Aslan That was just autocorrected to Asian so that was funny I don t have any reason to believe he is an Asian lion, but I again haven t read the entire series yet so that could be explored in future novels where Aslan spends his childhood as a small lion cub in Beijing before creating Narnia later in life I don t think that s accurate though Lewis really writes an engaging fantasy tale that is surprising full of beautiful descriptions rather than nonstop action I appreciate the world building in the book which I found pretty detailed for a children s book I also like that I don t really know some of the characters well, but feel like the less important ones are gonna be showing up later on down the road I m excited to continue this trek through Narnia My kids don t give a flip about it so I m gonna be on my own Maybe when their older they will have a longer attention span and a better appreciation of great books Dad s gonna keep rolling in the meantime. My autistic spectrum son Jonathan is fascinated by the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe He wants to know what her motivation is Why is she always so angry he asks Why does she hate Aslan Who is she like These are good questions I have suggested that he should read The Magician s Nephew, but Jonathan only reads the books he wants to read and ignores recommendations A pity, I would like to discuss it with him.The White Witch is the best character in the series, and it is indeed difficult to think of anyone who strongly resembles her She is a little like Auntie Medusa in The Rescuers, another of Jonathan s favorite films, and she s also a little like the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid, Madame Mim in The Sword in the Stone, and, of course, the Wicked Witch of the West But there are some important differences The other witches are ugly, and it s plausible to believe that they are motivated by envy of the heroines effortless youth and beauty This is perhaps most evident with Auntie Medusa I love the scene where she s removing her false eyelashes and Penny involuntarily recoils in horror The White Witch, however, is genuinely beautiful, not just using magic to cast an illusion of beauty as Madame Mim and the Sea Witch do on occasion She doesn t order Maugrim to kill Susan and Lucy because they re better looking It is, rather, a political decision she is concerned that they will take her throne Nothing personal, just business.In general, it seems to me, the White Witch is motivated entirely by love of power, and she hates Aslan because he is stronger than she is She is in fact a rather good children s book adaptation of Milton s Satan But why did C.S Lewis decide to make her a woman I d love to know the background to that artistic decision. No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice I loved the narration of The Magician s Nephew, it s clear, imaginative, and addicting This book took me book to the time when I was sitting and listening to my grandma s tales She always told me about folklores I can still remember the story about there s a ghost hiding in the closet, it made me so scared and never ever wanted to open the closet alone again.This book literally made me feel like that I kept wondering why I did and figured out because of its voice that was very classic and magical that I didn t want it to be over Besides the fun I get from this book, The Magician s Nephew is alike a doctrine as if I was reading the Bible What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing It also depends on what sort of person you are Lewis had his way to tell the story He thoroughly showed me about this world where the origin of Narnia comes from Not only I got to know about the wardrobe, but I was introduced to the characer that would be a big part in the next book The Magician s Nephew should be read before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for you to get full knowledge about this world.https goo.gl qk8zDx The Magician s Nephew Chronicles of Narnia, 6 , C.S LewisThe Magician s Nephew is a high fantasy novel for children by C S Lewis, published by Bodley Head in 1955 It is the sixth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia 1950 1956 The story begins in London during the summer of 1900 Two children, Digory and Polly, meet while playing in the adjacent gardens of a row of terraced houses They decide to explore the attic connecting the houses, but take the wrong door and surprise Digory s Uncle Andrew in his study Uncle Andrew tricks Polly into touching a yellow magic ring, causing her to vanish Then he explains to Digory that he has been dabbling in magic, and that the rings allow travel between one world and another He blackmails Digory into taking another yellow ring to follow wherever Polly has gone, and two green rings so that they both can return Digory finds himself transported to a sleepy woodland with an almost narcotic effect he finds Polly nearby The woodland is filled with pools Digory and Polly surmise that the wood is not really a proper world at all but a Wood between the Worlds , similar to the attic that links their rowhouses back in England, and that each pool leads to a separate universe They decide to explore a different world before returning to England, and jump into one of the nearby pools They then find themselves in a desolate abandoned city of the ancient world of Charn Inside the ruined palace, they discover statues of Charn s former kings and queens, which degenerate from the fair and wise to the unhappy and cruel They find a bell with a hammer, an inscription inviting the finder to strike the bell Despite protests from Polly, Digory rings the bell This awakens the last of the statues, a witch queen named Jadis, who, to avoid defeat in battle, had deliberately killed every living thing in Charn by speaking the Deplorable Word As the only survivor left in her world, she placed herself in an enchanted sleep that would only be broken by someone ringing the bell 2002 6 1898 1963 1330 1328 133 1379 1368 172 9647100116 1386 9647100108 20 1387 256 1388 1376 199 96491607 107. The Secret Passage To The House Next Door Leads To A Fascinating AdventureNARNIAwhere The Woods Are Thick And Cold, Where Talking Beasts Are Called To Lifea New World Where The Adventure BeginsDigory And Polly Meet And Become Friends One Cold, Wet Summer In London Their Lives Burst Into Adventure When Digory S Uncle Andrew, Who Thinks He Is A Magician, Sends Them Hurtling Tosomewhere Else They Find Their Way To Narnia, Newborn From The Lion S Song, And Encounter The Evil Sorceress Jadis Before They Finally Return Home This is one of those books that make you feel good on a bad day It just puts a smile on your face, whether you read it for the first time as an adult or you relive some of the moments of you childhood through it And no, I am not that old, even if here I sound like I am ancient hahaha I hadn t been to Narnia in 11 years, and I wanted to take my daughters there for the very first time this summer, so I called my son my Narnia expert and asked him if I could skip The Magician s Nephew this time around, when I read it to his sisters My son was an only child for 12 years, before the Disney princesses, Pocahontas and Jasmine, arrived , and I read to him, every night, religiously, for an hour, including C.S Lewis s Narnia collection He s in college now, and he s a very respectful young man not to mention a purist and a stickler , so there was a long, silent pause, then, Well, yes, Mom, I think you need to start with Book One Oh, bother I barely remember it, I groaned Can t we just go straight to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe It s so much exciting Another patient pause, then, Mom, I think you should read them in order He s, like, so much mature than I am.I was still hesitant, even as I started to read it to my daughters, but within just a few pages, I remembered why it s important not to skip it.I could intuitively sense, within the first few chapters, that this book influenced not only J.R.R Tolkien, but Robert Jordan and J.K 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.S 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 Glory be said the Cabby I d ha been a better man all my life if I d known there were things like this We all would have, sir Well, all of us except Jadis the evil Queen who reminds us how imposing, ego maniacal and terrifying she really is 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. I have owned this beautiful set of illustrated hardback editions of these books since childhood and am only now getting around to reading them After reading this spellbinding first installment I am so mad at myself that I have missed out on entering this world for so long.I decided to begin reading this series in chronological rather than publication order as per the numbers on my books and I am so glad I did This brilliantly sets up the rest of the series without giving any spoilers of what is to come The particulars of the plot for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are well known to me, as I have seen the movie adaptation numerous times, and it made reading this so special and exciting as facets from the second book were incorporated into the first.Regardless of the order, this is one series I believe has universal appeal, regardless of age, and is one that everyone must read at some point in their lifetime Oh gosh, how many years must it be since I last read this book, 30 or , who knows, but I zipped through it like we were the closest of friends who met every day 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 5 stars all the way 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 If you ve never read a Narnia book, you have to try it, if you have read them, never forget them and re read as soon as you can, you will not regret it. 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, and I really appriciate that I would recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl, old or young.3 4 14, edited to add 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 Of course this was AFTER my initial reading of the series, most likely in publication order.