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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (original 1950; edition 1995)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:Scholastic (1995), Edition: 1st Scholastic Printing, Paperback, 189 pages
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (1950)

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The famous chapter book is about three young kids, Peter, Edmund, and Susan. In the big house they are staying in Susan discovers a wardrobe which teleports them to the wonderful world of Narnia. Along the way the three young kids experience many different triumphs and suffer a lot of hardship. However, this book is a great read for kids of all ages, it teaches important lessons about youth, friendship, and a fantasy like world.
  Jclark5 | Sep 24, 2014 |
*Cross-posted on BookLikes and Wordpress.

Gifted to me for Christmas 1994 by the Sunday School I temporarily attended - according to the bookplate - after I'd watched the 80s film adaptation at school, I remember the ungrateful disdain I felt for the novel; feeling I'd already read the book having watched the film. How ignorant I was. Granted, I only 8 years old, but we all know that adaptions are usually inferior to the original.

Unsure if I'd ever read this in my childhood during a desperately bored moment, I decided to seize upon the opportunity when this C.S. Lewis classic was selected for The Dead Writers Society's 2014 Series Project.

Immediately I was struck by the quaint simplicity of the language used 60 years ago and the innate kindness and naïveté expressed by the children of that era. Tedium and disjointed fantasist logic, though, soon irritated like mosquito bites; every few pages something caused an eye-twitch.

But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that's going to be human and isn't yet, or used to be human once and isn't now, or ought to be human and isn't, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet. - Mr. Beaver

Anyone spot the irony? That's right, Mr. Beaver isn't human. There are no humans in Narnia, that's the reason for the children's importance. He's just warned them that every creature they encounter in his world is a physical danger to them, including himself. Ugh.

Edmund's betrayal abruptly dismissed and forgiven was one of the worst irritants as his implicit pride, arrogance and greed left him open to the White Witch's charms, and although it's hinted he punishes himself, no one berates him for betraying his siblings for the archetypal stranger offering chocolate in the windowless van.



Sheldon: Hold on. Just because the nice man is offering you candy, doesn’t mean you should jump into his windowless van. What’s the occasion?
Seibert: Just a little fund-raiser for the university.
Sheldon: Aha! The tear-stained air mattress in the back of the van. ~ The Big Bang Theory

While it's true that shame and self-punishment can sting more than anything anyone else could say, it still grates. Edmund's apparent hurried redemption off-stage - rewarded with a battlefield knighthood - and later becoming a 'graver and quieter man' earning the name 'Edmund the Just' feels like a cop out. However, he's the only character to be generally cautious, skeptical and untrusting as we witness him pointing out the unwise act of instantly trusting the word of a stranger, which is contradictory to his earlier aforementioned behaviour evident before he eats the tainted Turkish Delight. I suppose his complexity makes him the most interesting and well-developed character of the novel.


Edmund and the White Witch in her sleigh a.k.a. her windowless van

Crowning these sons of Adam and daughters of Eve for just showing up one day, also appalls me. Hardly meritocratic, and yet the 2005 movie changes this aspect. All four children earn their crowns by bravely fighting the good fight using the weapons bestowed upon them. Due to the time period in which this was written, Lewis only allows the Sons to wage war as Father Christmas claims "...battles are ugly when women fight" when gifting the girls with a bow and arrows (for Susan) and a dagger (for Lucy). Despite this, the boys do very little in the way of violence or strategy. Again, I can put this down to the age-appropriate and historical tolerance for violence in the media during the late 1940s.


Susan actually uses her bow

And now I'm reminded why I shouldn't read pre-teen fiction; it's never quite realistic enough for me to enjoy. However, I do wonder if this classic would make it past editors in this condition in the present day. Instinct tells me the manuscript's syntax would be tinkered with and more contractions added for a smoother reading experience, at the very least. Its current form left me eager to abandon it to the never-to-be-read-again shelves, if it hadn't been for the DWS Series Project, I would have, although I won't be reading the rest of the series. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
Summary: Four siblings enter another world through the back of a wardrobe. The world is beautiful and dangerous. Soon the siblings find that they are a part of a prophesy and begin their campaign to end the reign of the current queen. The author does an amazing job describing the fantasy world and the creatures that live their.

Personal reaction: This has been one of my favorite books since I was eleven. I feel that even though it's a children's book, adults can enjoy it as well. The author keeps the story exciting and suspenseful, making it hard to put down.

Extension: I would choose this for a summer read or a free time read. Another way to use this in the classroom would be to have a reading at the end of the day everyday until we finished the book.
  AshleyCox | Sep 17, 2014 |
I liked this book. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has a strong theme of friendship and devotion, as well as the old theme of good against evil. My favorite part of this book was that it was a tale that created its own world of magic and took you to a place you have never been before- Narnia. Narnia’s magic includes talking animals and mythical creatures that you are introduced to throughout the novel. Also, throughout the entire book, the main characters, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are going in and out of the wardrobe that leads to Narnia. The second (and very small) reason why I liked this book was that it featured some history into it as well. In the story, the four children lived in a house during the World War II evacuation from London. Lastly, I liked that the story came to a complete circle from the beginning to the end. By this I mean, in the beginning the four Pevensies are young children. Then, throughout the book they grow up to be older living in Narnia fighting against the Witch or “The Queen of Narnia”. At the very end of the book, they somehow return to the wardrobe as if no time has gone by. They return to Professor Kirke’s house as children. I liked that this was a looped beginning and ending because it gets the reader thinking if the stuff in the middle actually happened or not. Were the children actually in Narnia or just dreaming it all…? The main message I got through reading this book was good vs. evil (the children vs. the witch) ( )
  margan1 | Sep 16, 2014 |
Hmm. I'm not sure whether this book would be so popular if it wasn't an allegorical religious tale. Sure, the inclusion of other characters from other mythologies adds interest, but ultimately the story is a little flat for my liking. ( )
  martensgirl | Aug 20, 2014 |
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The whole air of the story is rich and strange and coherent; there is something of Hans Andersen's power to move and George MacDonald's power to create strange worlds, and it is, naturally, beautifully written.
added by Sylak | editThe Guardian (Feb 23, 1951)
 
When I began reading the story, it seemed well written but the fairy-tale atmosphere was curiously cut-and-dried... Two of my daughters re-educated me. I made the mistake of reading them the first chapter, and since then it has been two chapter a night, sometimes followed by tears when a third chapter is not forthcoming.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Chad Walsh (pay site) (Nov 12, 1950)
 

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To Lucy Barfield
My Dear Lucy,
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 again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be
your affectionate Godfather,
C. S. Lewis
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Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
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"It means," said Aslan, that though the witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still, which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.
"How stupid of me! But I've never seen a Son of Adam or a Daughter of Eve before. I am delighted..."
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Unabridged. Please do NOT combine with any abridged edition.

Please do NOT combine ISBN 0007206054 (abridged movie storybook) with original full-length book.

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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 Media.

In 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 decisive.

Journeys 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 battles.

The second volume in
The Chronicles of Narnia®
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Narnia .... a land frozen in eternal winter ... a country waiting to be set free.

Four 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.

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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.

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