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The Magician's Nephew (1955)

by C. S. Lewis

Other authors: Paul Scofield (Narrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Chronicles of Narnia, Chronological by story (1), Chronicles of Narnia (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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The first book chronologically in the wonderful Chronicles of Narnia. Just a great story. ( )
  cbinstead | Jul 31, 2021 |
After [b:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe|100915|The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)|C.S. Lewis|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1353029077l/100915._SY75_.jpg|4790821], [b:The Magician's Nephew|65605|The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)|C.S. Lewis|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1308814770l/65605._SY75_.jpg|1031537] is probably the best of the Chronicles of Narina. Perhaps even *the* best.

What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.

Chronologically, it's the first in the series. To the extent that we actually get to see the Genesis story of Narnia. From nothing, Aslan breathed life into the world, long before any of the other adventures we've come to read about ever happen. On top of that, we see hints of innumerable other worlds, get a bit more backstory on the Witch, and meet a whole new cast of interesting characters.

It's still not a super deep book. The good characters are Good, the bad guys are comically evil, and you know everything is going to end up all right. But if you take all that as a given, it's well written and an enjoyable read.

Orderwise, I think putting this near the end is probably the right idea. You would have a bit more backstory if you read this first (as you would chronologically), but that's not always for the best.

Onwards and [b:The Last Battle|84369|The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)|C.S. Lewis|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1308814830l/84369._SY75_.jpg|1059917]wards! ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Primeiro livro de ficção que li com a minha filha Isabela, de 3 anos.. Comecei a ler despretensiosamente, pensei que ela não ia ter atenção suficiente por conta da tenra idade. Para minha surpresa, ela achou o máximo e ficou muito entusiasmada com a história, que, a propósito, é sensacional! Esses momentos de leitura em voz alta certamente ficarão registrados pra sempre em nossos corações! Que tempo precioso entre pai e filha!
Se eu pudesse dar um conselho, diria: "Pais, leiam em voz alta para os seus filhos!" ( )
  brunor | Jul 1, 2021 |
This was always my favorite of this series. I was really into the Wood between the Worlds and I like seeing dead Charn and the creation of Narnia. This is one of the books in the series where the Christian allegory is omnipresent, culminating in Diggory visiting a beautiful, walled-off garden and getting tempted by an evil creature to eat a magic apple. It’s blatant but I’m not Tolkien so I think it’s fine. I’m happy for Fledge and the Cabbie and his near-mute wife with no opinions about this world she was magically summoned to by a Jesus lion. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
If you were a dreamy sort of child, as I was, this book would quite possibly be down your alley. I realized, when reading this story, that I hadn’t read any children’s books in quite a while—and I kind of miss that. Especially with well-written ones.

Apparently, this isn’t as good as the sequels to it (or the others in the series…this may have been published later?). Anyway, I enjoyed it, even though it’s hard to know what to remark on!

The magic in here didn’t bother me for the most part—and the story would not work without it. I loved the idea of discovering new worlds, and I think one thing that makes us like magical stories like this is that we know, deep within us, that there is a perfect new world that will come one day, and like dreaming about what may be possible then. So that part delighted me.

I also loved the description of creation—I thought that was a very imaginative, but well-done chapter.

The only thing I struggled with was the water-gods and nymph-gods that Aslan called around him—as a Christian allegory, that was a little disconcerting to me.

But overall, it was a lovely, imaginative story with a fast-paced plot that didn’t go on for ages! I enjoyed it! ( )
  EstherFilbrun | Mar 16, 2021 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lewis, C. S.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Scofield, PaulNarratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary 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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To the Kilmer family
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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".
Unabridged - please do NOT combine with any abridged edition.
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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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