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The Magician's Nephew (1955)

by C. S. Lewis

Other authors: Kenneth Branagh (Narrator), Paul Scofield (Narrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Chronicles of Narnia: Chronological (1), Chronicles of Narnia: Publication order (6)

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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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4.5 stars

This is the origin story of Narnia. I really liked the character of Polly, and all the magic, Aslan, and allegory were wonderful, too.

I didn't love this particular narrator for the audiobook. Some of his tones and inflections just sounded wrong.

This does contain a small amount of profanity. ( )
  RachelRachelRachel | Nov 21, 2023 |
(3.5 / 5)

While I appreciate the origins of Narnia shown in this book, it's my least favorite of the series. I think part of that is my own fault, as I'm still watching for the theological parallels to God, and this one threw me off a lot. I wonder if I'm just not the right kind of person to read this and see it the way others do. To me, at least, as a parallel to God creating the universe, it fell flat in many ways. Maybe that's because God did it perfectly, and anything besides that just seems like a poor comparison. Of course, from a fiction (and fantasy) standpoint, just having it done the same way as God did it would be kinda weird. But even seeing it more as an allegory than a parallel (which is probably more how it's meant anyway), I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did others in the series. Taking it as its own story with no connection to the Bible, it felt a little disjointed.

This series is one of those that I feel like I'm never going to enjoy like so many others do. I didn't read them as a kid, so that might make some difference. Still, I sometimes think I just don't have enough sense of wonder or whimsy to make these books more enjoyable. Not that I haven't enjoyed any of the series by any means, but I don't know that I'll ever re-read it. On the other hand, it's possible that reading the series again some time in the future might give me a different insight into it, and this book in particular. ( )
  Kristi_D | Sep 22, 2023 |
My late-summer reading list took a turn when political and natural disasters overwhelmed. Returning to Narnia kept me calm and sane and reminded me of the miracle of imagination and the magic of allegory.

Rereading my favorites from the series as part of my personal self-care and wellness. ( )
  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
The Magician's Nephew was an interesting read that didn't grab my attention well.

I wanted to read this book because I am really interested in older stories. The Chronicles of Narnia was introduced to me through the films and ever since I have been dying to pick up these books. So, I decided to start in "reading" order (at least, that's what my book said). This book is the prequel novel, but it barely grabbed my attention to pull me into the series.

I think this book would be an excellent read to anyone's child. Someone with a lot of imagination, who is also reading out loud, might be able to make this story sound far more intriguing than how it sounded in my head. If it weren't for the history behind this book, I probably would have put it down. The story is cool, and the writing style is obviously dated, but it just didn't grab me like I hoped it would.

The book seems to be more of a children's fiction novel - it's full of wickedly evil characters that don't have much personality (other than being evil), the main characters are young and pure of heart, and Aslan is just introduced and barely used in the story.

There are obvious themes in the story - the daughter of Eve, the son of Adam - but I feel like it goes over the reader's heads (at least, it did for me the first time through). I would have rather read this as an English project with a teacher walking me through all the satirical aspects and amazing references that C.S. Lewis introduced into this story.

Overall, this book is truly memorizing but I wasn't as impressed at it as I wanted.

Two out of five stars. ( )
  Briars_Reviews | Aug 4, 2023 |
An unnecessary prequel to Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe that lacks in imagination and story. Despite this, there are good spiritual principles to be gained from reading it as well as some interesting parallels with creation and the fall. ( )
  TheScribblingMan | Jul 29, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lewis, C. S.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Branagh, KennethNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scofield, PaulNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Branagh, KennethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fox, JessicaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Georg, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hallqvist, Britt G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hämäläinen, KyllikkiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavis, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lippiett, NathanielNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCusker, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neckenauer, UllaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rochère, Cécile Dutheil de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Suchet, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Allsburg, ChrisCover 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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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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When Digory and Polly discover Uncle Andrew's secret workshop, they are tricked into touching some magic rings that take them right out of this world. But even Uncle Andrew doesn't realise the wonders that lie ahead as they discover the gateway to the magical land of Narnia.
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If you ever did

want to know where the White Witch

came from, read this book.


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