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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

They open a door and enter a world.

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.
A fully illustrated version of the most popular book in The Chronicles of Narnia, with glowing full page artwork and an abridged text for easier reading.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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When I was a kid, I adored the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It’s probably one of my favourite new worlds. Wouldn’t Narnia be the coolest place ever? But reading it now, it’s not nearly as good as I remember.

The beginning was really rushed in my opinion. They were only at the house for a few days before Lucy was straight into that wardrobe, and meeting Mr Tumnus less than a page after that. I like characters to be introduced to me before I’m expected to follow their story. I didn’t know those four at all. I couldn’t feel sorry for Lucy when no one believed her, because I didn’t like her. I couldn’t distrust Edmund, because I didn’t like him either. It’s not that I DISliked them. I just didn’t know them at all. I felt like I was missing the first chapter from my copy of the book. Which I wasn’t, of course, but it sure read like I was. The White Witch is still as fabulous as I remember though, thankfully!White Witch

This rushed feeling carried on for the entire book. We weren’t introduced to anyone very well! And don’t get me started on that big final battle. Or the death of that guy at the important place (hopefully you know who I mean if you’ve read it). They weren’t explained AT ALL. The lead up to the death was, but then they skimmed over the actual event. And the big battle was over in a few sentences. I want my big, dramatic ending. I want to be on the edge of my seat, not knowing how it’s going to end. Yes, it can’t be too brutal, because it’s for kids. But that doesn’t mean it can be skipped like it’s unimportant!

Yes, it’s a children’s book. I need to keep reminding myself of that when I read it. It’s not aimed for someone as critical as me. It’s aimed for someone young, who isn’t going to notice the problems I did. But I still feel like parts should have been explained better. Kids want to escape into a fantasy world. But the real world still needs to be explained! I gave this a really low rating, only 2 stars. Which was probably a bit harsh. But after adoring the movies so much, I expected a lot more from this.

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9 thoughts on “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

  1. I read most of this book years ago when I was around 9 years old. I read all the books with my aunt but the funny thing is it actually took us years to get back to this book and finish it. I did enjoy it though. It was a magical tale for me then but you are right, that Lewis is a writer that rushes through things, but these are not meant to be viewed through the eyes of older cynical readers.

    It’s like Lewis says in the introduction, “I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales anymore. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it.”

    The books do get better though, I think. Silver Chair and Voyage of the Dawn Treader are particular favorites.

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    1. I read these when I was younger too, and I remember really enjoying them. I was hoping to relive that magic, but it should stay just for kids πŸ™‚ I think I’ll stay away from re-reading the rest of the series, I don’t want to ruin my memories of them!

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  2. I’m sorry you didn’t like it. Narnia is one of my favourite series, especially as a child. Maybe if I read it again as I’m older (like you) I’d feel more critical towards it but the magic of it really grabbed me as a kid.
    In my opinion, this is the best one in the series so if you didn’t like this one you probably wouldn’t like the others either. Still it’s worth a shot! Maybe try the prequel The Magician’s Nephew? Great review anyway πŸ™‚

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    1. I was the same when I was younger, I really loved them. I have read the rest of the series, but they’ve all sort of blended together in my head πŸ˜› I own the Magician’s Nephew, but I don’t want to re-read it in case I ruin my memories of it

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  3. Yeah, I tried to reread Narnia too, specifically the Voyage of The Dawn Treader, and while I still liked it I remembered it as much more enjoyable when I was younger, but The Chronicles of Narnia was basically the series that got me into reading in the first place, and for that I’ll always owe it a debt of gratitude.

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  4. I actually have this series and should really read it. I have never read it before and I know that I want to try these books out! It’s a shame it isn’t as good as you remember, but hopefully you can still manage to enjoy the movies ^.^

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