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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) (original 1950; edition 1970)

by C.S. Lewis (Author), Roger Hayne (Illustrator), Pauline Baynes (Drawings)

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Title:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1)
Authors:C.S. Lewis (Author)
Other authors:Roger Hayne (Illustrator), Pauline Baynes (Drawings)
Info:MacMillan Publishing Company (1970), Paperback, 192 pages
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:Fiction, Classics

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (1950)

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I know my spouse read this book and its sequels to our kids multiple times. I probably did some reading as well. Parts of this book, especially the beginning parts, seemed quite familiar. Other parts not so much. Whatever, my spouse recently began lobbying me to re-read the Narnia series to myself. I think she got tired hearing about all the Victorian novels and 1930s pulp fiction I have been reading. And so, I've begun with the Chronicles of Narnia.

This is a great book for children. It's a book that should be read aloud to children. The style is in the form of a told story, with little asides and comments, a very charming approach. In about two years, my 2-year-old grandson, Anderson, will be old enough for this book. I think I'll kidnap him for a couple of weeks so I can read this book to him, a chapter or two each night. Otherwise, his parents will be reading it to him, which will be nice for them, but not nearly so much fun for me. ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
This one was good too. I loved the winter-temperature :D... ( )
  Catherine_GV | Jun 20, 2019 |
This book for me started off really slow. It was hard for me to get into.

1. I had already seen the movie and although I liked the movie to a certain degree, it generally isn't the type of movie I would normally go see, but my mom wanted to take myself and my sons to see it so we agreed. I loved the message of the movie, especially towards the end, but I continued to get bored throughout.

2. I was just not in much of a reading mood. When I wanted to read, and didn't have much else to read at the time or rather, nothing I wanted to read at that time, I would pick this book up, just to get bored again. A part of me just refused to give up on this book.

I am so glad I didn't!

When I picked this book back up again, I was able to dive right in and really enjoy it this time around [starting where I had left off before]. But my favorite parts of the book really began to pick up in about Chapter 14 and continued on through about Chapter 16. Chapter 17 was good as well, but the previous mentioned chapters were my favorites.

I, of course, had my favorites...Aslan (the Lion) and Tumnus (the Faun). For those who know the story, should already have an idea why I liked them both. I really don't want to get into much detail about why I liked them because (1) It would take a lot of space for me to tell why I love Aslan I think and Tumnus as well I believe. But I can say that I loved them for their hearts. (2) For the ones who haven't read it, or even seen the movie, I don't want to give spoilers about them.

This book started off with about a 2 star rating, but as you can see, by the end of the book, it went up to a 4 star out of 5 star rating.

Will it be one of my favorites?

No. But it will be one that is pretty well loved. So far, of the two books I have read so far, I think the Magician's Nephew is a little higher on my love it it list because of how unexpected it was that I'd liked it so much. But I love The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for different reasons. That mostly being Aslan and Tumnus.

The story as a whole was really good as I said, but I think what I love the most about it is the message. Because I am a very spiritual person, that is what makes me love it so much more.

I don't know when I will be going on in the series but hopefully soon. ( )
  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe is a story about four siblings: Lucy, Edmund, Peter, and Susan who are sent out of London during WWII. when they arrive at Professor Kirke's house, they are bored out of their minds. One day, Lucy stumbles into a large wardrobe and finds there is a new land at the back called Narnia. she meets Mr. Tumnus(a faun) and he tells her about the White Witch. Later, her brother, Edmund, walks into Narnia and meets the White Witch. The White Witch befriends Edmund and bribes secrets out of him with Turkish Delight. Finally, all of the siblings journey to Narnia together to save Mr. Tumnus(who has been kidnapped by the White Witch), find Aslan, and defeat the White Witch. This all goes wrong when Edmund betrays his siblings and finds the White Witch, becoming her prisoner. The White Witch tells Aslan that she has the right of Edmund's life because he betrayed him and joined her side. Aslan willingly sacrifices himself to let Edmund live. Aslan reappears to the siblings alive and leads them to war against the White Witch, defeating her forever. After many years and adventures, the four siblings find their way out of Narnia and find that no time has passed.
I liked this book because it takes place during a real event in history. I also like the idea of separate worlds/lands. ( )
  ConnerE.B2 | May 21, 2019 |
  SteppLibrary | May 17, 2019 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lewis, C. S.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dan San SouciIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birmingham, ChristianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bovenkamp-Gordeau, Madeleine van denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rettich, RolfIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tetzner, LisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Allsburg, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
York, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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
Til Lucy Barfield

Kære Lucy

Jeg skriver denne historie til dig, men da jeg begyndte på den, havde jeg ikke gjort mig det klart, at piger vokser hurtigere end bøger, og at du allerede er blevet alt for gammel til at læse eventyr, og at du vil være endnu ældre, når den engang er blevet trykt og udgivet. Men en skønne dag bliver du gammel nok til at begynde at læse eventyr igen. Så kan du tage den ned fra hylden, støve den af og fortælle mig, hvad du synes om den. Til den tid er jeg sikkert for døv til at høre, hvad du siger, og for gammel til at forstå det, men jeg vil stadig være
din hengivne gudfar
C.S. Lewis
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Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
Der var engang fire børn, som hed Peter, Susan, Edmund og Lucy.
"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.

Please do not combine The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with The Chronicles of Narnia.

ISBN 0001857010 is also an abridged version.
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Though some gender roles

are outdated, the story

stands the test of time.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060764899, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:23 -0400)

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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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