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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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This is a re-read. My mom read it to me when I was young, and I've read it several times since. I'm re-reading it now in an attempt to read the whole series straight through. It was as good as I remembered, a fantasy with heroes and villains and a plot that kept me turning pages, even though I knew the ending. ( )
  porch_reader | Aug 21, 2016 |
I love the dedication: it says in part.

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. ---

I guess I'm old enough to read fairy tales again.

This book was meant to be read before the Magician's Nephew. It makes a comment about you the reader having no idea who Aslan is. which of course you would know if you read the Magician's Nephew. ( )
  nx74defiant | Aug 15, 2016 |
There's something to be said for the friendly narration, but is there really anything here? The bizarre ending is fun in a menacing kind of way, I guess, but I can't really think of anything else that's halfway memorable. ( )
  Algybama | Aug 9, 2016 |
Everyone was a little bit too nice in this book, which always bothers me deeply. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe begins as four siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) arrive in the country to escape the dangers of London in World War II. Taking refuge with the middle-aged (and unnamed) Professor in his big, rambling house in the country, they are initially excited by the opportunities for fun and play they discover. One day, while exploring the house, Lucy accidentally finds her way into a wintry countryside completely unlike England, particularly because she’s met there by the playful Mr. Tumnus, who tells her she’s in the land of Narnia and invites her to tea. Later, however, he sadly confesses that he’s under orders from the powerful White Witch (who rules Narnia and who has made it eternal winter, but never Christmas) to betray any human visitors to her. Lucy convinces him to let her go, and she returns through the wardrobe to the house, where she is surprised to learn that although she feels she’s been away for hours, she’s really only been gone a few minutes. She’s also upset when the others, particularly Edmund, ridicule her story.

Sometime later, however, Edmund also finds his way into Narnia, where he meets the White Witch. Bribing him with sweets, and strangely intrigued by the fact that he has a brother and two sisters, she convinces him to come back as soon as he can and to bring his siblings. On his way back he encounters Lucy, who is excited that someone else has shared her experience, but whose joy turns to sadness when Edmund, giving in to his nasty side, tells Peter and Susan he and Lucy were only playing.

Eventually, all four siblings find their way into Narnia, and Peter calls Edmund out for being a liar and for hurting Lucy’s feelings. Edmund nurses a deepening resentment for Peter as the four children discover that Mr. Tumnus has been arrested by the Witch’s wolf police, and then are given shelter by a pair of friendly Beavers, who tell them that things are about to change in Narnia: the mysterious and powerful lion, Aslan, is “on the move” and will soon set things right.

Edmund slips away from his siblings and the Beavers and goes straight to the Witch, who reacts with fearful fury at his reference to Aslan and prepares to intercept him. Meanwhile, Edmund’s siblings and the Beavers flee to where they are to meet Aslan, and eventually encounter him in the company of several large and powerful allies. Serious conversation between Aslan and Peter is interrupted by an attack by two of the Witch’s wolf police, one of which is killed by Peter and the other of which escapes.

The next day, after her attempt to sacrifice Edmund for his treachery is interrupted by an attack of Aslan’s allies sent to rescue him, the Witch arrives for a conference with Aslan. After the conference, Aslan reveals that he has made an arrangement for Edmund’s life to be spared. That night, Lucy and Susan walk with the somber Aslan on his way to keep the arrangement. They watch in grieving horror as the Witch first humiliates him and then takes his life in place of Edmund’s. The next morning, however, Aslan returns to life, and leads his army into combat with the Witch and her allies, eventually defeating her.

The novel’s final chapter reveals how Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are all made kings and queens in Narnia and how their rule of several years ends when, in pursuit of a magical Stag, they find themselves drawn back into England … only a few seconds after they originally left. ( )
  bostonwendym | Jul 25, 2016 |
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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, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Birmingham, ChristianIllustratorsecondary 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
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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.

Please do NOT combine "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" with "The Chronicles of Narnia"
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Though some gender roles

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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 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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