Sep 29, 2012

How 'Bout Them Reads: The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #1)

The Magician's Nephew is book one of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but it was written later than his other books. It is the prequel of how the adventures of Narnia all began.

Polly and Digory became fast friends one wet and cold summer when Digory came to live with his uncle and aunt after his father went off India and his mother was sick and dying. But being a cold and wet summer, they spent the majority of it inside. One day, they decided to explore the length of the row of houses they lived in, in hopes of getting to the empty house and having their own adventure, but they miscalculated and ended up in the forbidden study of Digory's uncle. Digory's uncle was overjoyed at seeing the kids show up and soon tricked them into an adventure they would not soon forget.

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Although tricked into the world, Digory wanted badly to explore and see what all the new world had to offer. They found themselves in a great hall full of people who were frozen with a simple bell and hammer in the middle of the room. Not knowing the harm it would cause, Digory rang the bell and awoke the tall, beautiful queen, Jadis. And what they soon discovered is that this beautiful queen was not as kind as she was beautiful. She was in fact a witch and evil.

But they were at her will now and soon found themselves accidentally taking her back to their world with them. Things only go from bad to worst once they are back in their own world. Jadis may not have powers like in her own world, but she is still strong and fearless, and soon begins send things in Polly and Digory's world into chaos. So now Polly and Digory must find a way to set things right, which they did. The unfortunate part was that the plan backfired slightly and not only was the witch taken back but the horse, which she rode, a cabby, who owed the horse, and Digory's uncle were all brought along.

Once back in the woods between worlds, they tried to escape the witch but instead found all of them yet again together. This time they were standing in complete darkness. In an empty place. But as they stood there, they began to hear singing and the world started getting lighter and growing around them. Then before they knew it, in front of them stood a lion. A beautiful, grand lion....singing. And the more the lion sang the more things began to grow around them. And soon Narnia was born.

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I have read the Narnia books before, but that was quite awhile ago, and lately every time I walk to my bookshelf I always consider picking them back up again. So finally I decided it was time to stop thinking about it, and actually pick one. So what better place to start than the beginning. And honestly, it was like reading the book for the first time. I hardly remembered this book (and this wasn't pregnancy brain related). I did enjoy it though. C.S. Lewis definitely makes this book (and his other Narnia books) easy and enjoyable to read. You don't feel like you are trying hard to understand. You just have to have an imagination when reading these books, which in my opinion makes books even better.

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