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The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of…

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) (edition 2002)

by Pauline Baynes

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Tells the tales of Narnia, a magical, fantastic place where good and evil battle, children have adventures as kings and queens, and beasts and creatures can talk.
Title:The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7)
Authors:Pauline Baynes
Info:HarperCollins, Paperback, 767 pages
Collections:Your library

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (Author)

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    The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula K. Le Guin (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: There is magic and there are journeys, mythical beasts and young protagonists, moral judgements to be made and courage to be demonstrated; while the language is more adult, Earthsea is as vivid a world as Narnia and a place you will want to re-visit.
  2. 71
    The Abhorsen Trilogy Box Set by Garth Nix (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: This is a rather darker version on the same door-between-the-worlds theme, where the magic resides in the north of a thinly-disguised United Kingdom reached by way of a Wall.
  3. 40
    Redwall by Brian Jacques (MarcusBrutus)
    MarcusBrutus: fantasy/talking animals
  4. 40
    The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Jr. Wangerin (jpers36)
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    The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (atimco)
    atimco: Both Narnia and Willows feature anthropomorphized animal heroes who nevertheless retain the quirks of their species. The narrative voice is humorous and quintessentially British. Both stories also include spiritual/religious undertones. Willows predates Narnia by over forty years and was a big influence on Lewis (he even wrote a poem with some of Grahame's characters in it).… (more)
  6. 42
    The Magicians by Lev Grossman (Jannes)
    Jannes: The Magicians would not exist if it wasn't for the Narnia books, and is the kind of loving deconstruction of Lewis' work and the importance us readers places in it that you will either love or hate. Give it a try.
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    His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (guurtjesboekenkast, BrileyOC)
    BrileyOC: Both series provide excellent fantastical escapism as well as profound (though different) religious viewpoints.
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    The Tower of Geburah by John White (lavonnas)
  9. 20
    The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (amanda4242)
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    The Archives of Anthropos (Set of 4) by John White (palaephata)
    palaephata: This series (there are really six) is another portal fiction that displays subtle Christian allegory. There's more fighting and less exploration of the world in White, and the reading level and content are just a little higher than that in Lewis. I'd read them about a year later.… (more)
  11. 10
    Morning Child by Harold Myra (juniperSun)
    juniperSun: both have young people involved in the choice of good and evil, touched by meeting a loving guide/spirit.
  12. 21
    Wildwood by Colin Meloy (cdcottam1)
    cdcottam1: Both works are beautifully mystical and fantastical! Wildwood has many of the fantastical themes of Narnia without the blatantly religious undertones while still containing good moral lessons.
  13. 11
    Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey (whitewavedarling)
    whitewavedarling: Santa Olivia is admittedly for a more adult-based audience, but themes, situations, and character types carry over between the works enough (plus a light integration of religion) that I think the readers of one work set would be well suited for the other.… (more)
  14. 11
    The Chronicles of Sapta Sindhu by Kala Aporva (akheel)
    akheel: both the books chronicles the fate of their respective kingdoms and tell us a tale of valor to rise against evil.
  15. 11
    Watership Down by Richard Adams (MarcusBrutus)
    MarcusBrutus: fantasy/talking animals
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  5083mitzi | Jul 23, 2020 |
loved this series ( )
  JulianaMD | Jun 1, 2020 |
1. The Magician's Nephew

{First of 7; The Chronicles of Narnia. High fantasy, children's}

I have the boxed set of the Narnia books (originally published 1950-1956) and this is the first chronologically although it was the last to be written and was published second to last in 1955. I had several of the books as a child and read them many times over, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being the first I came across.

I read this to my sons, mainly my ten year old, as bedtime reading. He has seen the films and it made me smile to hear his gasps of realisation as he put together events that influence the stories of the other books.

Now, how to review this without giving away spoilers?

The story starts in London long ago when your grandfather was a child as Lewis puts it, at a time when Sherlock Holmes was still active. At the beginning of the summer holidays, Polly meets Diggory, who has just moved in next door to stay with his aunt and uncle (his mother's sister and brother) while they look after his terminally ill mother, and the children decide to try and explore the empty house further down by going through the connecting attics of their terraced houses. Unfortunately, they get things wrong and open the wrong door and so fall into an adventure - which is quite scary at times - which leads them, and us, to Narnia.

Although the protagonists are not the ones we are most familiar with from the other books (if you've read them first or seen the films first) and the 'flavour' of this book is a bit different, the adventure is quite gripping. I do feel that Lewis has got the friendly bickering between the children right - even if it is jolly old fashioned (which I, personally, relish). Though Lewis did not have children of his own at that point, he had hosted three schoolchildren who had been evacuated from London in 1939 in anticipation of the war.

Short and sweet (by todays standards) but still covers a lot of ground.

5 stars *****

Averaging: 5 stars ***** ( )
  humouress | Mar 21, 2020 |
I remember getting the whole boxed set for Christmas one year at about age 10 and being absolutely amazed and thrilled at the prospect of seven new books at once. Thanks mom ;D I completely fell in love with the series, and still sometimes re-read my favorite books--The Magician's Nephew and The Horse and His Boy. The characters in these books are very inspiring and surprisingly three-dimensional for a children's book. The plot is, for the most part, exciting and well-paced, and the fantasy elements are very creative. This is a really fun quick read for adults and great series to grow up with for kids. ( )
  pollytropic | Feb 20, 2020 |
A fabulous limited gift edition of all seven Chronicles in one volume with leather binding, cloth finish in a foil embossed slipcase. All the Chronicles are bound together here in one magnificent volume, with a special introduction by C.S. Lewis's stepson, Douglas Gresham.
  StFrancisofAssisi | Oct 25, 2019 |
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Lewis, C. S.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bovenkamp-Gordeau, Madeleine van denTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Branagh, KennethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helakisa, KaarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacobi, DerekNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Northam, JeremyNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Redgrave, LynnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Allsburg, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
York, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. (From The Magician's Nephew, first in chronological order)
Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. (From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, first in publication order)
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Unabridged. Please do NOT combine with any abridged edition.

Contents: Magician's nephew -- Lion, the witch and the wardrobe -- Horse and his boy -- Prince Caspian -- Voyage of the Dawn Treader -- Silver chair -- Last battle.

Collection includes all seven unabridged novels in the series.

The edition with the ISBN 1856058387, while titled simply The Chronicles of Narnia, is actually only a 3-volume omnibus and should not be combined onto this page.
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Tells the tales of Narnia, a magical, fantastic place where good and evil battle, children have adventures as kings and queens, and beasts and creatures can talk.

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Four siblings travel to a new world through a wardrobe in an old house. They encounter a witch, a lion named Aslan and many other magical creatures. Narnia, due to the evil witch, has been in a continuous state of winter. Along with Aslan the children must work together to fulfill a prophecy and bring peace and prosperity to the land. 

It was this book that first introduced to me the word "allegory". It's what I refer to every time I try to explain it to someone. Also who doesn't want to find a magical world hidden in their closet?
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 120 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954, The Chronicles of Narnia have been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. In addition to numerous traditional Christian themes, the series borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

The Chronicles of Narnia present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse and His Boy) features as its protagonists children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help the Lion Aslan handle a crisis in the world of Narnia.
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Seven children's tales
underpinned by magic, myth
and theology.

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