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Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a
country waiting to be set free
Witness the creation of a
magical land in The Magician's Nephew, the first title in
C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has captivated readers of
all ages for over sixty years. This paperback features cover art by
three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and
black-and-white interior art by the series' original illustrator,
On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are
hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave
them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a
new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things
This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to
journey back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of
Mar 16, 2010Suffers from the same problems as Lewis' other books, both his children's fantasy and his pokes at theology: Lewis' worldview is not sophisticated, and his sense of psychology has a large blind spot. However, it's not his faith that is the problem--it certainly wasn't a problem for Donne or Milton.
Nov 12, 2016It's mildly embarrassing that I've lived almost 32 years and I've only read one book from the Narnia series. Well, I guess I've read two now, but I feel like I should have read those a long time ago. As an adult, it's difficult to even rate this book fairly because the adult version of myself wants to be all critical and make comments about how this isn't Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it's not supposed to be. And that's fine with me.
Oct 28, 2009The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6), C.S. Lewis
May 18, 2015“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
Dec 05, 2008My autistic-spectrum son Jonathan is fascinated by the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He wants to know what her motivation is. "Why is she always so angry?" he asks. "Why does she hate Aslan? Who is she like?" These are good questions. I have suggested that he should read The Magician's Nephew, but Jonathan only reads the books he wants to read and ignores recommendations. A pity, I would like to discuss it with him.
Nov 07, 2017This is one of those books that make you feel good on a bad day. It just puts a smile on your face, whether you read it for the first time as an adult or you relive some of the moments of you childhood through it. And no, I am not that old, even if here I sound like I am ancient hahaha :)
Jan 06, 2016I have owned this beautiful set of illustrated hardback editions of these books since childhood and am only now getting around to reading them. After reading this spellbinding first installment I am so mad at myself that I have missed out on entering this world for so long.
Jun 02, 2012I hadn't been to Narnia in 11 years, and I wanted to take my daughters there for the very first time this summer, so I called my son (my Narnia expert) and asked him if I could skip The Magician's Nephew this time around, when I read it to his sisters.
Aug 25, 2018Oh gosh, how many years must it be since I last read this book, 30 ? or more, who knows, but I zipped through it like we were the closest of friends who met every day. A true joy to read, that is how writing should be.
Dec 04, 2007Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.
Nov 29, 2016UPDATED REVIEW: Very excited about this one! :)
Feb 29, 2008This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Magician's Nephew tells of how it all started. How Narnia was created. How the first Sons of Adam, and Daughters of Eve "traveled" to Narnia. And, how the wardrobe came to be. A wonderful read, full of magic, wit, adventure, and hope.
Feb 24, 2019Starting Narnia while writing my Bachelor thesis was probably not the best idea..
Sep 13, 2018I'm not really a fantasy fan, but I have always wanted to read the Chronicles of Narnia, especially after watching the movies.
Dec 01, 2019At this point I am trying so hard not to copy paste the entire chapter describing the creation of Narnia....it is simply MAGICAL!
Mar 09, 2015I really enjoyed reading this one. Fun and fast read, and I also loved reading about how it all started. And even though I noticed a lot of connections with Christianity, I didn't pay a lot of attention to it. I just enjoyed the story in general.
May 10, 2019I first read these books at about ten years of age, and I remember that for the most part, I loved them. The Magician's Nephew is actually the sixth book of the series, but was written with the intention of it being a prelude, to The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, which, back in the day, was my favourite of the series.
Aug 17, 2018For Christmas when I was 9 years old, my parents gave me a box set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I read and re-read those books until they literally fell apart. I loved the magical story of Narnia, Aslan, the Pevensies, the White Witch, Mr. Tumnus, Eustace, Prince Caspian, Reepicheep, and all the other lovely characters in the series. I re-read this series every few years because the stories are still incredibly enjoyable for me. Religious allegory and symbolism never enter my head as I read this For Christmas when I was 9 years old, my parents gave me a box set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I read and re-read those books until they literally fell apart. I loved the magical story of Narnia, Aslan, the Pevensies, the White Witch, Mr. Tumnus, Eustace, Prince Caspian, Reepicheep, and all the other lovely characters in the series. I re-read this series every few years because the stories are still incredibly enjoyable for me. Religious allegory and symbolism never enter my head as I read this series.....I enjoy it as delightful children's fantasy and leave the author's religious views out of it. The books do impart important lessons on friendship, loyalty, cowardice and bravery, respect, forgiveness, and love. Just a lovely book series for children and adults alike!
Mar 25, 2013Reading with my little girl. :)
Nov 22, 2016“The Magician’s Nephew” is by all accounts, the sixth book in “The Chronicles of Narnia” series. However, the anthology I am lucky enough to own of the Great Lewis’ works, has this novel as the first story, with a description that it is “the order the author would want the books to be in.” It makes sense too really, as “Nephew” tells the story of how Narnia originated, and how it was first discovered.
Jun 25, 2013Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
Nov 21, 2015
Even though The Magician’s Nephew was written as the sixth book of the Narnia series, the story predates The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Seeing as this served as the prelude to the series, I chose to begin with this. Lewis himself is known to have shown a slight preference to this order of reading, rather than in the order of publication. And the reason to why I have chosen to start reading a children’s book now relates to the arrival of a very tiny human being in the Paul household,
Even though The Magician’s Nephew was written as the sixth book of the Narnia series, the story predates The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Seeing as this served as the prelude to the series, I chose to begin with this. Lewis himself is known to have shown a slight preference to this order of reading, rather than in the order of publication. And the reason to why I have chosen to start reading a children’s book now relates to the arrival of a very tiny human being in the Paul household, exactly a month before Christmas to ensure her stockings and bow wrapped packages hold the ‘popper’(proper) gifts! Also, with the festive season looming, it seemed like a good time to get this one off my BBC Big Read reading list (which I only sometimes remember I am supposed to be completing!)
Now, I am familiar with the story of Narnia and Aslan from the movies, but there is something to be said about reading one that strains beyond that knowledge to inspire the imagination. It is quite simple, and straightforward, but set in early 20th century England, it has a charm of its own. It bought back memories of books that I had read almost two decades ago, of secret passages and simple friendships, of the magic that waterfalls held, and talking animals! But even beyond all these, there is a power in the story, simple as it is, that it has remained ‘young’ and inspired so many years after it was published.
The story follows two children, Polly and Diggory, who get manipulated by Diggory’s uncle to make use of two magical rings that act as portals between worlds. Of the many incidents that result from this, the children meet Aslan and the witch. Here, Lewis explores the creation of Narnia itself. And some conflict between good and evil has been thrown in for good measure.
The book seemed to have been designed as a moral lesson to little children, in addition to being a fantasy story, and with some Biblical references thrown in, I suppose Lewis also wanted this to be a fun way to introduce them to religion. But what I loved best is that it answered many questions that seemed to have been overlooked in The Lion,... For example, why did the witch hate Aslan so much? How did the wardrobe end up being the portal to Narnia? What is the significance of the lamppost? The Magician’s Nephew answers these questions and many more, thus satisfying the vague forgotten questions I had had from the movies. The child in me is happy, and my niece has fallen asleep. It was a good read....more
Nov 15, 2017I've gotten so used to always having a new Narnia book to read when I feel in the mood and now I only have one more book to read. Then I'm finished! It's kinda sad actually lol But I really had a good time reading this one! Definitely another favorite! But who am I kidding? I've LOVED every Narnia book I've read thus far xD I would love to see this as a movie along with some of the others. I hope they continue making them! Anyone else feel the same? :P Great book all-in-all. Loved getting to see I've gotten so used to always having a new Narnia book to read when I feel in the mood and now I only have one more book to read. Then I'm finished! It's kinda sad actually lol But I really had a good time reading this one! Definitely another favorite! But who am I kidding? I've LOVED every Narnia book I've read thus far xD I would love to see this as a movie along with some of the others. I hope they continue making them! Anyone else feel the same? :P Great book all-in-all. Loved getting to see how Narnia got started! ...more
Nov 18, 2013Just finished reading this to hubby. He is now, officially, a Narnian.
Oct 03, 2007I thought this book was so beautiful.
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