‘They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.
They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever. Goodreads
About the Book:
Author: C.S. Lewis
Book length: 206 pages
Series: Narnia #1
Genre: Fantasy, Classics, Fiction, Adventure, YA,
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Starting reading: February 13, 2016
Finished reading: February 14, 2016
“I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.”
What did I think of the book?
The quotes are the best, can’t choose a favourite so here’s another one =]
“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”
This is such a cute story. I love the use of language here. It’s so British and classic. I have seen the movie of this book a couple of years back and I just can’t stop imagining Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan as anyone else than from the movie. Lucy has always been my favourite. Her way into convincing Edmund, Peter and Susan into believing in Narnia was a tough one. They made her believe she was lying and delusional. She was making it all up to get some attention. That was really unfair of them, especially when her brother was there with here, and lied. Just to not be laughed at by his siblings.
When Lucy finally convinced them all, the adventure begins. Mr. Tumnus, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, the white witch and Aslan. I loved how Lewis described them. The story held enough action, adventure and description to balance a good story. I loved how C.S. spoke to the readers directly, while telling the story. He wrote this like a true narrator.
I think it’s amazing for a story published in 1950 to be so popular still. Not only as a children’s’ book but as a fantasy series for adults as well. This was the first time I’ve read the book and I’m 23 years old. To me it’s a classic I hold dear. I’ve read reviews on this book of C.S. Lewis preaching too much Christianity and black and white morality. I did not read this!! I’m not a churchgoer, but I do believe in spirituality and such. For me this was an adorable story, perfect for children, perfect for adults and perfect to read while it’s Christmas.
And the book got me wanting Turkish Delight hahaha.
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