The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Series: Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order #1)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
First published May 2nd, 1955
Genres: Classics, Children, Fantasy, Catholic
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When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.
Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.
I’ve read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe before but never this one, never had I even heard about it.
The Magician’s Nephew is all about how Narnia came to be. In a way, this is a magical world created in a Christian way. We even have a bit of an Adam and Eve-retelling if you may. It’s quite an interesting view and to be honest I don’t think it would bother anyone how the world came to be or what it’s based on, and yet some people do seem bothered. Well, to me it doesn’t even matter if I believe in a world created that way or not. For me it’s just how this one came to be, after all, every world in every high fantasy book came to be in a certain way chosen by the author.
I really do think this was a very interesting book, not only the story itself but the idea of the book, there are not that many books that explain how the worlds came to be, so being a lover of Narnia since a kid, it was really fascinating for me to read about it. I thought this book really grabbed all the loose ends and tied them up pretty well in a simple and yet clever way.
There were two parts in this book that I really loved; one was how the lamp post from Narnia came to be there, and the other was how the Witch appeared. This book is full of interesting details and it’s the perfect start to re-read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and continue with the series. The characters are interesting – I especially like Strawberry, such a sweet and warm-hearted character – and the magic is just nostalgic and beautiful.
The writing is also quite interesting – although there’s a lot going on, it doesn’t feel fast. It’s quite a different feeling for me and I’m not sure how to explain it. It’s also accessible and somewhat different? It was the first time reading this book and if that’s not enough, it’s the first time getting into the world in English, so I’m not sure what I was expecting of the writing but it surprised me.
This book was for sure fascinating, and although I think I would have obviously enjoyed it more as a kid, I’m still really happy I got to it. I still think that if you are a Narnia fan and you haven’t read this one yet, you will enjoy it. It quite completes the classic tale we all know rather well.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? What’s your favorite character? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!