Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: Chronicles of Narnia #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Classics, Easy reading, Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: “It’s no good, Son of Adam,” said Mr Beaver, “no good your trying, of all people.
“This is the land of Narnia,” said the Faun, “where we are now. And you – you have come from the wild woods of the west!” “I – I got in through the wardrobe in the spare room,” said Lucy.
Lucy steps into the Professor’s wardrobe – but steps out again into a snowy forest. She’s stumbled upon the magical world of Narnia, a land of unicrons, centaurs, fauns… and the wicked White Witch, who terrorises all. Lucy soon realises that Narnia, and in particular Aslan, the great Lion, need her help if the country’s creatures are ever going to be free again…
There’s a reason that this is a classic. And one of my all-time favourite books since I was a child. I can remember when I first had this read to me in primary school, and (unlike with Charlotte’s Web) I’ve never looked back. Actually, this is the third copy of the book that I’ve had to buy – the rest have fallen apart a little.
There’s been so many discussions about the Christian undertones to this story and the ways in which this tale reflects the journey of Jesus. I do understand this, but as someone who is not Christian and not interested in their religious stories, it’s not just about that. If it’s about that at all. This story is about morals, sacrifice and love. Every action has a consequence, but sometimes there is someone bigger and stronger there that is willing to protect you from all of the things that go bump in the night.
Although the morals and messages in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe are strong and potent, it’s really the joy of the story that makes this so much fun. This is the ultimate children’s adventure. A cold, rainy day and you decide to play hide and seek, only to be swept away on a journey of good versus evil. Plus, even Santa makes an appearance!
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