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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2) (original 1950; edition 2002)

by C. S. Lewis, Cliff Nielsen (Contributor), Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)

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Title:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 2)
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Other authors:Cliff Nielsen (Contributor), Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (2002), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 176 pages
Collections:Kindle, Your library
Tags:British literature, Modern classics, English language

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

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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 |
I'm really not fond of children's books written in this style. I didn't like the Hobbit for this reason and I don't like this either. I don't like it when the author breaks the fourth wall and addresses the reader. When it's first person, it's different all together, but I just find it awkward. I don't know why so many children's novels are written that way.

That aside, this was a cute story, although short. I guess I'm not as blown away by it as some, it's just not really my style, but I liked it just fine. ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
read for the classic fiction assignment
  acbanis | Aug 14, 2014 |
Read my full review here.

I was assigned to read this book for a class at school and I was so excited. Let me preface this by saying that I have not read the first book in the “The Chronicles of Narnia” series.

This book is a pleasant read. It’s quite light - despite some of the darker tones which are laced throughout - and has lovely little descriptions.

The narrative is one of the aspects of this book that is really quite nice. The dedication letter to his Goddaughter, Lucy, obviously defines how the story is told. The story is written as though he is verbally telling the story to her. As well, the descriptions blossom as the book goes on: they were short at first but increasingly become more elaborate.

I interpreted that there is a religious meaning or allusion carried throughout the book (Aslan sacrifices himself to save Edmund from punishment for his betrayal and then rises from the dead). I might be reading into it too much but this is what I recognized increasingly as I went along. The overarching meaning or moral for me was to have faith.

There were a few irksome things which stood out to me. Lewis tends to repeat phrases - sometimes two pages in a row - in the first few chapters. It was actually sort of off-putting though I understand he was trying to warn his Goddaughter not to go into wardrobes and close the door, for example . As well, sometimes the narrator's intervening was a little bit annoying only because I already understood what was happening and didn’t need it explained but, again, I understand why Lewis includes these. Another issue I found is that many of the characters say exactly what they are thinking. For instance, the White Witch says out loud that humans in Narnia is a problem for her but that she can easily get rid of them. I didn’t sit quite right with me that she said this out loud but is devious and mysterious otherwise.

Overall, the story was a lovely read and it was well-written. I enjoyed the plot and could interpret a deeper meaning which made this story more than a simple children’s book. ( )
  CaitlinAC | Aug 10, 2014 |
It's a little silly, very British, and not quite logically consistent, but, like many other readers whose names don't rhyme with Millip Mullman, I love it. Every reread is enjoyable, especially when I'm reading it aloud to my sons as bedtime stories. There are most definitely things that don't make sense within the story, but [a:Michael Ward|194177|Michael Ward|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1334264406p2/194177.jpg]'s analysis of the Narnia books in his brilliant [b:Planet Narnia|1800794|Planet Narnia The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis|Michael Ward|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348068661s/1800794.jpg|1799947] helps me appreciate what [a:Lewis|1069006|C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1367519078p2/1069006.jpg] was attempting in [b:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe|140212|The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe |C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1172116408s/140212.jpg|4790821]. This book centers around Jupiter, with an emphasis on Joviality and springtime. Traditionally, Jupiter brings about the end of winter, so the turning point in the book is a clear personification of that characteristic. Jupiter also includes the idea of kingliness, which is of course a huge part of the story--the Emperor beyond the sea, Aslan himself, the overthrow of the false royalty, and Peter becoming High King. There are many, many other details, and I highly recommend Ward's book as the best analysis of Narnia that I've ever read. And of course I highly recommend The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe itself, whether you read it first or second in the series (and Lewis's ret-conning is jarring no matter which order you take the series in). My reviews of the Narnia series: The Magician's Nephew The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Horse and His Boy Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Last Battle ( )
  ethnosax | Aug 8, 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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C. S. Lewisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dan San SouciIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birmingham, ChristianIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Allsburg, ChrisCover artistsecondary 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
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Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and 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.

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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.

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The second volume in
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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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