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The Magician's Nephew by Clive Staples Lewis
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Title:The Magician's Nephew
Authors:Clive Staples Lewis
Info:New York: Macmillian Publishing Company, 1955. Hardcover, 167 pages
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Tags:C. S. Lewis, Fiction, English Fiction, Juvenile Literature

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The Magician's Nephew by C. S. Lewis (1955)


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I never read this as a child, so I am reading through the series now. Quite enjoyable, but very obviously christian propaganda. ( )
  Lidbud | Mar 27, 2017 |
The beginning of Narnia. Tells the story of how Narnia came to be, as well as 'the wardrobe' which is in the 2nd book 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.' ( )
  BooksForTheLiving | Mar 20, 2017 |
maybe even 4.5*

This 6th book in publication order is the creation story of Narnia. Excellent entry in the series & one I had no memory of whatsoever! While I suppose that you could read this one first I think that some of the nuances of the story (such as Diggory turning out to be the professor who housed the Pevensey children & the wardrobe being made from a tree whose seed had come from Narnia) would be lost if you weren't familiar with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe... ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 12, 2017 |
I recently realized that I had never read all the Narnia books in order, so I decided to go back and read through them all starting with The Magician's Nephew. It was just as good as I had remembered. However, I noticed some new things this time around (like what an awful person Uncle Andrew is) that I missed as a child. This book is probably the weirdest in the entire series, but still one of the best. There's also a little more comedy in this one than the other books in the series. I would recommend this book to everyone and I don't think anyone's childhood is complete without reading the Chronicles of Narnia at least once. ( )
  RickyHaas | Dec 31, 2016 |
54/150 ( )
  moonlight_reads | Dec 11, 2016 |
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"The Magician's Nephew" glows with the sort of mythology that C. S. Lewis created at his best, replete with religious and philosophic implication. At the same time, it held my children, and me, spellbound from start to finish.

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Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Branagh, KennethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child.
A terrible thirst and hunger came over him and a longing to taste that fruit. He put it hastily into his pocket; but there were plenty of others. Could it be wrong to taste one? After all, he thought, the notice on the gate might not have been exactly an order; it might have been only a piece of advice - and who cares about advice?
Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.
For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.
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Please do NOT combine "The Magician's Nephew" with "The Chronicles of Narnia".
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If you ever did

want to know where the White Witch

came from, read this book.


Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064471101, Mass Market Paperback)

This large, deluxe hardcover edition of the first title in the classic Chronicles of Narnia series, The Magician's Nephew, is a gorgeous introduction to the magical land of Narnia. The many readers who discovered C.S. Lewis's Chronicles through The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will be delighted to find that the next volume in the series is actually the first in the sequence--and a step back in time. In this unforgettable story, British schoolchildren Polly and Digory inadvertently tumble into the Wood Between the Worlds, where they meet the evil Queen Jadis and, ultimately, the great, mysterious King Aslan. We witness the birth of Narnia and discover the legendary source of all the adventures that are to follow in the seven books that comprise the series.

Rich, heavy pages, a gold-embossed cover, and Pauline Baynes's original illustrations (hand-colored by the illustrator herself 40 years later) make this special edition of a classic a bona fide treasure. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech.

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