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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 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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First of the Narnia Chronicles, Narnia newly born. The nephew of the uncle who thinks he is a Magician finds Narnia, then returns. ( )
  Kristelh | Aug 3, 2022 |
This is really quite good until the pacing gets crippled around the 3/4 mark. Some nice sci-fi elements, although clearly this should have been called The Wood Between the Worlds, a much better name.
I wonder if its connected to William Morris's [b:The Wood Beyond the World|723155|The Wood Beyond the World|William Morris|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1347680292l/723155._SX50_.jpg|1700756], i havn't read that one yet. The wood did remind me of the wood/swamp of silence they usually trap Loki in, in Marvel comics, which i don't think is anything from Norse mythology, that might have its origin here.

It almost seems like Lewis is being a bit less sexist than usual when he retells the Adam and Eve myth with the male making the fatal error, until you remember his version of satan is a woman so i guess it evens out ;) .

Some of the prelude elements setting up Narnia are quite good. It does create a continuity error i think. If i remember right someone, Aslan i think, states that the witch actually made herself look human, and this is one of the signs of how evil she is. Taking a human shape when your not human is like super evil, apparently. Except here we see that the character was always like that, it never changed shape.
Maybe i'm getting it mixed up with the Queen from the Silver Chair but i don't think so.

Anyway, i've been doing these rereads in publication order, just one more to go. ( )
  wreade1872 | Jul 25, 2022 |
I really liked the emphasis on faith in this one and The Silver Chair. Obedience even without Understanding requires Faith. Faith in the one we are obedient to, that He knows better than we do. I think this one might be one of my favorites because the latter third is so much about Aslan. ( )
  Michael_J | Jun 2, 2022 |
One of my favorite books. ( )
  kskristine | May 17, 2022 |
Good. The golden apple is surprising. Wow. ( )
  MaryRachelSmith | Apr 30, 2022 |
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Lewis, C. S.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Branagh, KennethNarratorsecondary 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
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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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