Saturday, July 9, 2011

REVIEW: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

book cover of The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Author: C. S. Lewis
Date Published: Published in 1950
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Page Count:  189 pages
Challenge: E-Book Challenge

This was the first book that I read in this series, though it is actually the second, and it will forever be one of my favorites of all time.  Definitely a classic that all children should read.

In this book, we find ourselves in Narnia again but its far in the future since the last time we visited with Diggory and Polly.  The White Witch has made Narnia a permanent winter wonderland, although its not as pleasant as it sounds.  During a rainy day game of hide and seek, Lucy finds herself transported into another world from a magic wardrobe in an old house.  And this is where the adventure begins.  Though her brothers and sister don't believe her at first, they soon find themselves in Narnia as well, and they find that they are the ones that can bring the White Witch's reign to an end.

There are so many things that I love about this book.  The characters are amazing, even if some of them are not so wonderful.  The White Witch is even more terrible than she was in the first book, but that is to be expected.  Evil grows and changes over time.
As I pointed out in the review of The Magician's Nephew, there are many parallels between situations and characters in this book and in the bible.  However, if you're not a religious person, you can overlook that and see it as more of an inspirational thing.  There are several quotes in the book that I loved.
"All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think."
Another one of my favorite things about this book was at the beginning, as the children are entering the wardrobe, whether they're hiding or not, they always make it a point to say "it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one," like people get stuck in wardrobes every day.  I don't know, that just struck me as funny.

I love this book.  Read it.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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