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Browse the complete listing of The Chronicles of Narnia books, Narnia ebooks, and Narnia box sets by C. S. Lewis. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Full Color Edition The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Full Color Edition · The Silver Chair: Full Color Edition · The Last Battle: Full Color Edition. The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. Written by Lewis . The manuscript for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was complete by The last two books (The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle) were The Silver Chair is the first Narnia book not involving the Pevensie children. Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children.

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Read this as a kid and re-read later on, these 7 books were a great form of escapism despite the somewhat overbearing Christian symbolism that is pervasive throughout. A must for kids. View 1 comment. Mar 30, Christian Guzman rated it liked it. Overall I would give this book 3 stars.

At first I was skeptical about reading the book in chronological order as opposed to publication order. Now that I look back at it, it works well both ways.

I also had some trouble at first with the way the style of writing was presented, but I got used to it pretty quickly. The world of Narnia is well written and detailed thanks to C. S Lewis. I can safely say that I liked the introduction of e Overall I would give this book 3 stars. I can safely say that I liked the introduction of every story. This book nonetheless will be someone else's treasure, not mine.

Such an original plot! I enjoyed every minute of it. Getting to know the backstory and how Narnia was created was interesting to me. There were a few metaphors between Adam, Eve, and the tree of wisdom. Digory and Uncle Andrew were my favorite characters, even though at times the uncle seemed quite cynical.

My favorite moment would have to the fight at the lamp post and how they escaped. One quote that stood out to me was: It also depends on what sort of person you are.

My favorite character were the two youngest ones: Lucy and Edmund. They seemed to always have something going on with them. Again, there are several religious metaphors present in this story too.

It was pleasurable reading and seeing all the symbolism. We also get to see more of the magical world of Narnia in this story so that is exciting. I had fun with this story! The Horse and His Boy: The desert scene felt eternal to me and unexciting. It was ok. Prince Caspian: The backstory about him and finding out how he commences his journey is interesting.

I seem to enjoy the introductions of each story quite immensely, this one being one of my favorites. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Even though he was portrayed negatively at first it was interesting viewing how he slowly changed. The dragon scene was enjoyable to me. The Silver Chair: They are sent on a mission and we read about their journey. I found many parts dull. The Last Battle: View all 11 comments. Apr 20, Mansoor rated it liked it.

The Magician's Nephew is easily the best story of the Chronicles. First of all, it's the least overtly religious. There is a creation-of-the-world element, but it's not our world so it seems more fantastic than religious. Not only is there a veil over the religiosity, there's so much creativity in this story: And because of the talking, fighting animals, the fantasy seems aimed at children. I might have enjoyed it more at age The next story in the series, The Horse and His Boy , takes a dark, ethnocentric turn with its unfavorable depiction of the Arab-like "Calormen" shoes turned up at the toe, scimitars, suffixed phrases of praise, "son of" lineage declarations.

They bowed most politely to Caspian and paid him long compliments When the Dawn Treader stops at Dragon Island, the boy passenger Eustace wanders off, encounters a magical spell, and is turned into a dragon. This raises all kinds of serious issues about how to keep Eustace the Dragon with them, but none of these problems matter because, within 24 hours, Aslan just changes Eustace back to a boy.

To save Edmund's soul, Aslan sacrifices his life. But it wasn't Aslan's only life, he had another one ready. One thing I found especially creative about The Chronicles is how a story involving talking animals justifies eating animals. View all 17 comments. Apr 19, Jaclyn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I can't even begin to count how many times I've read "The Chronicles of Narnia.

Sure, I followed the story, but the deeper meaning was completely lost on me. Someone later told me that it was a Christian story and when I read the I can't even begin to count how many times I've read "The Chronicles of Narnia.

Someone later told me that it was a Christian story and when I read the book again as a young teenager, I picked up on that element of it. In the many times I've read the books as an adult, I've come to find that the underlying meaning - not just of "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," but of the other books as well - becomes gradually clearer until you can't believe you didn't see it all along. The books are like Narnia itself, unfolding like an onion, layer upon layer, Narnia upon Narnia, but each layer is bigger and better than the one above it.

In order of the events that unfold in the story but not in the order that the books were published , the Chronicles of Narnia include: Two children living in London are magically transported to other worlds and witness the dawn of Narnia. The story incorporates such familiar elements as a Tree of Knowledge and the fall of man. With the help of Aslan, the great Lion, they seek to free Narnia.

This is the most obvious Christian parable, as Aslan represents Jesus and the story parallels the Resurrection story.

Shasta, a Calormene fisherman's son, runs away when he hears his father negotiating to sell him into slavery. Together with two talking horses and a noble Calormene girl running away from an arranged marriage, he tries to get to Narnia. The book is a meditation on faith and the concept that God helps those who help themselves. It's also my favorite of the seven books. Not the most overtly religious of the stories. It doesn't seem all that religious until the end of the book, which encourages people to seek God in their own lives.

The book is a parable of the End of Days, with chaos, confusion, war, unbelief and the worship of false gods. Tirian, Eustace, Jill and their friends can only hope that Aslan returns to Narnia to deliver them. Read them, then read them again and again and again. You won't be sorry.

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Everyone on Earth. The film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was what made me want to read this thick, heavenly book. Little yet valiant Lucy was very close to my heart, as well as her siblings who occasionally thought she was crazy.

I was so enthralled by the movie, and I asked my parents if they could download me the series for my birthday. My uncle in the US was the one who granted my wish. Hence, this book literally traveled to my hands. I was overwhelmed with happiness when it finally arrived. After all, it was the first series I had ever owned.

After caressing it for a long time, I tucked myself into bed and got down to business. Little did I know that this would be the series that would transform me into a devoted booknerd.

At the age of 12, I managed to fly through each novel because they were just so beautiful and fantastic. The perfect mix of magic, adventure, and biblical allusions captivated me from start to finish. In totality, The Chronicles of Narnia will always have a special place in my heart and library. Just looking at Aslan's face on the cover fills me with much happiness and nostalgia. If I were the Ruler of Books, I would require everyone in the planet to read this timeless series.

Nov 17, Erth rated it it was amazing. This read could not be described any better than this: Sep 16, Werner rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Back in the early 70s, I encountered this wonderful series through the first of the books to be written, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Below, I quote most of my review of that book, insofar as it applies to the whole series. I subsequently discovered the whole series, and in the 90s read it to my wife, who loved it as much as I do.

We didn't read it in this omnibus edition, but as individual books; and for a long time, I intended to eventually review each book separately. But since th Back in the early 70s, I encountered this wonderful series through the first of the books to be written, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But since the series has so much commonality, I decided that reviewing it as a single entity is more practical.

This omnibus volume lists the seven books of the series in their internal chronological order, starting with The Magician's Nephew , which describes Aslan's creation of Narnia; and this is the order in which Lewis himself recommended that they be read. Barb and I, however, read and experienced the series in the order in which the books were written. Lewis fans debate which order is preferable, and I can see both sides of that.

Usually, my preference is to read a series in internal chronological order. But the way that we read this one probably provides for more of a feeling of resonance in the later ones, as certain things that were mysterious before fall into place later. Most people know that C.

Lewis was an effective Christian nonfiction apologist, using the tools of reason and logic to build the philosophical case for Christian faith. But he ultimately became convinced that an even more effective apologetic is available through the "truth of art," the instinctive and emotional appeal that stories exert -- especially the kinds of stories that draw on the deep, mythical archetypes of fantasy to illuminate the real universe.

The Chronicles of Narnia, his classic fantasy series, was the fruit of that discovery, set in Narnia, a magical land whose world lies in another universe, in which magic works and time moves differently than it does here, and in which Christ is incarnate as the great talking lion Aslan.

The first book of the series presents one of the most powerful symbolic literary presentations of the Christian gospel ever written. Although the intended audience, in Lewis' mind, was children and his various direct addresses to the readers as author presuppose this , there is nothing invidiously "juvenile" about the quality of the writing; it can be enthusiastically appreciated by anyone who loves tales of imagination and adventure, fantasy and wonder; and the truths here, like those in Jesus' parables, are simple enough to speak to children but profound enough to challenge adults.

The Christian message is an essential part of all of the books in the Narnia series. We all react to fiction based partly on how we feel about the message s it conveys, and that's appropriate.

So readers whose view of Christianity, or of religion in general, is highly negative could hardly be expected to give the Narnia series unqualified praise.

The converse applies, of course, to books like the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman, who avowedly seeks to be the "anti-Lewis;" it isn't surprising that his work is less appreciated by readers who hold a very negative view of militant atheism. That's a subjective assessment, and fair enough as such. Some other criticisms of Lewis' series, though, are intended to be more objective, and can be debated objectively.

This discussion might contain some "spoilers. But if this is so, then the theistic view of real life is that it has no real conflicts either, since God has miraculous power to resolve them. But no theists that I'm aware of view real life in that way, least of all Lewis, as his other writings indicate and insights from all of his writings are valuable in interpreting the Narnia books, since his thought was highly unified.

As his writings on miracles make clear, he believed that God can intervene in the natural order miraculously --but doesn't do so very often, because intervening on a wholesale basis would negate the predictability of natural law and leave us unable to recognize a miracle when one did happen! And, very importantly, God doesn't make people's choices for them; they exercise free will, which requires that their choices have meaningful consequences --good or bad.

So in Narnia, as in the real world, Aslan doesn't intervene very often; and most readers observe quite a bit of conflict. Bad things happen, and they aren't always deserved; evil isn't automatically and instantly punished; and good characters suffer and inevitably die, some well before their time. And characters experience a good deal of conflict in struggling to decide on the right course of action --or on whether or not to do what they think is right, when all the rewards would appear to gained by doing wrong.

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In one of the books, Eustace is indeed changed back from dragon to boy --but only after he learns a lesson about the value of human friendship; and that doesn't come easily to him. And in the first book, yes, Aslan will be resurrected after giving his life for Edmund --but his death is still an awful experience that he undergoes for someone whose welfare, viewed from a coldly objective standpoint, is nothing to him; most of us wouldn't undergo it, even with the guarantee of resurrection.

Like most non-vegetarians, Lewis views eating of meat as appropriate when the meat is that of a non- rational, nonthinking creature; eating a being who can speak is cannibalism, no matter what that being looks like. Whether or not one regards that as a significant distinction, or how significant it's seen as being, is a matter of opinion; but it is a genuine distinction between humans and, for instance, cattle. Probably the most significant criticism here is the accusation of ethnocentrism and racism in the portrayal of the Calormen.

Calormen are darker in color than Narnians; their culture differs from the Narnian one; and their government is a despotic empire that would like to add Narnia to its domains. Neither Narnian nor Calormen culture are identical with any culture in our world, though like all fantasy writers Lewis uses this world's cultures as a grab-bag from which he can pull various features.

Calormen is mostly desert, but its polity is much more Turkish than "Arab-like," and the idolatrous cult of Tash doesn't resemble Islam. Some readers assume that any mention of dark skin means that the people so depicted have to be racially inferior; that race and culture are the same thing, with the former dictating the features of the latter, and that the character of a government mirrors the character of a people; and that if Narnia and Calormen's governments tend to be hostile and suspicious toward each other, that must mean that everything Narnian is good and everything Calormen is evil.

But there are good reasons to think that Lewis didn't share these assumptions, nor want to convey them. Two of the most sympathetic and positively treated characters in the series are the Calormenes Aravis and Emeth. Aravis is a strong, gutsy and capable heroine; she winds up marrying Prince Cor, and their son grows up to be Archenland's greatest king.

And Emeth whose name, not coincidentally, is the word for "truth" in Hebrew is readily welcomed by Aslan into heaven, having amply demonstrated his moral worth. This certainly suggests that Lewis judges, and wants his readers to judge, Calormenes "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. In the latter novel, closer to the end, Lewis lays out a theory of human cultures in which all of them, at their best and truest, are unique and distinct embodiments of moral and social truth, making a kind of truly multicultural mosaic in which the differences are respected and appreciated.

This idea is reflected in The Last Battle , where Aslan's true country is made up of the Platonic ideal of every created country --including Calormen, where Lucy sees the towers of the true Tashbaan. So Calormen's cultural differences from Narnia can be viewed in this light --there is no reason to think Lewis' view of "shoes turned up at the toe, scimitars, suffixed phrases of praise, 'son-of' lineage declarations" was "unfavorable.

He contrasts the Calormen oral story-telling tradition favorably with English teaching practices; and if Calormen culture is called "cruel" in one place which, Lewis would say, is a deformation caused by sin , it's also called "wise. This is far and away one of my favorite fantasy series. I'd highly recommend it for any readers who appreciate imaginative literature, and I believe most would find it both intensely entertaining and thought-provoking.

I pined for Narnia in the most broken, sad way when I was a little girl. I remember devouring them in much the same way that children are now tearing through the Harry Potter series. Lewis's lavish descriptions of fauns http: Lewis's lavish descriptions of fauns and dragons and giants have burned themselves permanently into my memory. Ten year old Mer's desire to live in that world and shoot arrows and eat Turkish Delight and befriend those magical talking beasts was all-consuming.

Most of all, I wanted to know Aslan. To be cuddled and loved by that big, fierce, lovable lion. But in the end, I had to let go of him and his realm. I remember being so disconsolate, in fact, that my parents let me stay home from school for a day!

So weird, remembering that. There were just so many aspects of that world that made me feel, well, BAD, somehow. Guilty, or ashamed, or just plain uncomfortable. Remember when Susan didn't come back, basically because she discovered her sexuality?

Remember the Calormenes? Those dark-skinned people with really intense garlic breath who wore turbans and worshiped a Satanic "false god" who demanded blood sacrifices from his followers? There was SO much blame being laid out in that world. A lot of finger-pointing and shaming going on, a lot of damning and excluding.

It was all very black and white, us or them, good or evil. In the end, I rejected the Narnia books for that reason. Later, finding out Lewis was a devout Christian and Aslan was basically supposed to be Jebus in a lion suit, I wasn't at all surprised.

Nowadays, I recommend Miyazaki movies especially Kiki to every tween girl I meet to cleanse their palate of some of the more despicable Disney depictions of femininity, and I happily gift kids and adults! All that being said, these books are a memorable part of my childhood, and I still recall parts of them with fondness and longing. View all 10 comments. At the sound of his roar, sorrow will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death.

And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again. Narnia is a magical place that feels me with warmth and dreams, hope and wishes.

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Just thinking about it brings a smile to my face. It was like coming back home after a long while traveling, comforting and comfortable. But it also brought a new sight to my eyes respecting them.

I love how the story-telling employed by Lewis how it was very simple, yet you could always picture everything perfectly.

Though sometimes it became a little too specific in areas that would have done well with just a quick mention. Still, most of the time, the narrative is engrossing and simple and fast. Of course, we can't forget the beautiful characters! I love them so much, especially Edmund!!! I would get so excited whenever a mention of any of the Pevensies came out. I love them so much except Susan I can't even.

I have known one that did. Let me see Oh, yeah! I can talk about my favorite book. I think it has something to do with the fact that it fills, a little, that big, empty space where I wish there was a novel about the golden age of Narnia.

Of course, that's just a part of it. The book really captured me in its own right and can safely say I love it. And helped filled any voids or questions I had respecting the history, timeline, or creatures of Narnia.

Really appreciated. Let the music blast people, life is getting back on track. It appeared on my currently-reading shelf, though I was most certainly NOT reading it.

Here is what happened. My brother and I share the kindle account, which apparently is connected to my Goodreads account - who knew? Ugh, so frustrating, especially since it's not the first time it happens. I am planning to read it soon though! View all 13 comments.

Aug 16, Jarod rated it really liked it. A mostly well-written, very imaginative, thoroughly enjoyable read. The narration is warm and witty, the protagonists are well developed and likable but not perfect written perfectly, but with flaws that give the stories depth , and the settings are vivid and fantastic remember those loony one-footed invisible things that hop around? I'm always annoyed when people confound the qualit A mostly well-written, very imaginative, thoroughly enjoyable read.

I'm always annoyed when people confound the quality of this series as literature with the quality of the worldview it allegedly expounds, as if the literary world is some kind of neo-Stalinist monolith where the only legitimate art is that which edifies us by propounding a correct ethical system. It's just a story, and a good one at that. Furthermore, as an atheist, I think 1 the religious content of the novels is overstated, and 2 even if it isn't, oh fucking well, that doesn't detract from the novels one whit.

The books really don't have any more to do with Christianity in particular than does any other story with a character who gives up his life to save others. See Harry Potter 7; see also, religious archetypes in general. As for the Calormen, I think it's highly possible that the garb was just supposed to convey the exotic, and this particular nation just happens to be bad in the world of the book.

Everything is not a political statement. In sum, it's a good story, and even if all the criticisms of the book-- it's racist, it's Christian, etc. View 2 comments.

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Mar 28, whalesister rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read the entire series, one right after another, eight times in a row when I got them for Christmas in fourth grade. Obviously I loved them then. Just finished reading them again to Eric, my 8-year-old, and loved them maybe just as must as I did as a year-old.

Eric couldn't stop giggling through the last pages of Horse and His Boy, which we had to reread when we finished the rest, since it was his favorite. We're starting Prince Caspian again, too--another favorite. I realized this go aroun I read the entire series, one right after another, eight times in a row when I got them for Christmas in fourth grade. I realized this go around how much these books shaped my entire world view, and especially my perspective on religion, though I never knew it as a kid.

One odd little detail that I noticed this time reading Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Lewis never comes right out and says it, but in addition to being snooty holier-than-thous that nobody can stand, the parents don't drink, don't smoke, and wear a funny kind of underwear. A nice little under-handed slam at a faith that loves to quote him in General Conference.

I'll still keep quoting. I love his writing. View all 3 comments. Mar 28, Ruth rated it it was amazing. I love how you can see Aslan as Jesus giving up his life for us. And the greater power or deaper magic that brings him back to life.

Nov 02, Syndi rated it really liked it. I love these series. It starts with a dreamy fairy tales and ending with a big bang. Behind that children story telling, it has a powerful message of God, bravery, siblings love and rivalry, love and becoming adult. Taking responsible. Punishment and forgiveness. I love all of the siblings especially Lucy. Jul 20, R.

Kitt rated it it was amazing. Childhood favorite! Feb 07, midnightfaerie rated it liked it Shelves: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion.

What a wonderful series! I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures.

I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books after reading this series, in hopes that someday a door would open and take me to another realm.

Of course, the white witch is my favorite character. The Lion, Aslan, is a wonderful character as well, but I have to admit, knowing that he was an analogy for God, changed my view of the story a bit and left me a bit disappointed.

He was a bit cheesy. Or maybe typical is a better word. In any case, the stories were great, the first one being the best. Reading them again as an adult, found me a little bored, but still enchanted overall with the series.

The next movie is due out soon and I can only hope they will continue to make the movies which were incredible. I highly recommend this series and consider it a classic as well. View all 7 comments. Apr 10, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. I finally got around to reading these all the way through. I'm pretty sure I read through book 4 when I was much younger, but really, it was a different experience reading them as a twenty-something.

I vividly remember the moment several years ago when my mother and I were watching a televised version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe We just looked at each other going, gee, this is sounding I finally got around to reading these all the way through.

We just looked at each other going, gee, this is sounding very familiar all of a sudden. Well, if you think that particular book smacks you across the face with Christian metaphors and obviously as a small child I didn't pick up on this at all , wait til you hit some of the later books especially The Last Battle.

The end of the series completely shocked me. I will try not to spoil it here, but Still creepy and shocking though. The Calormenes are repeatedly referred to as "dark," "smelling of garlic and onions," with "curved swords The picture he is trying to paint here is painfully obvious, as all the Calormenes' culture reflects that of the Middle East whereas the Narnians are obviously very similar to medieval England. It's a seriously bigoted world view, one that I'm sure was more acceptable at the time the books were written, but now is rather jarring to read.

I did enjoy reading these books. I'd thought them awfully dry the first time through—stuffy English children in a fairly entertaining magical land, etc The difference this time was, I watched the movie first. The movie completely blew me away, and while reading the first book and even the succeeding books which involve the Pevensie children I was able to imagine those warm, courageous and yet flawed children in place of the stuffy English ones, and it added a wonderful new dimension to the story.

It was enough to carry me through the boks I didn't like as much, and made me enjoy my favorites even more those would be The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Horse and His Boy. Overall, I'd recommend them they're a super-quick read too, you could probably finish one in a single day if you tried , but only after viewing the film first.

D Can't wait til movie 2! Sep 06, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. I have loved these books my whole life. While Lewis is clearly writing about God, as I read it, he is imagining how the Christian God might reveal himself in another world rather than allegorizing our own.

Aslan is not "Jesus," but rather the earthly aspect of God as he reveals himself in Narnia. The Calormens are not Muslim I have loved these books my whole life.

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The Calormens are not Muslims, but rather another culture in the universe of Narnia that worships another god. Tash, I suppose should be read as Satan as he reveals himself in the universe of Narnia, but again, the point is how these forces function in this fictional universe, not what the characters "represent" from our own world. Anyway, these books are great, and I encourage adults as well as children to give them a shot. All due respect to the movies, but as usual the books are much better.

I never read the other books in the series. So now, as an adult, I'm reading the entire "Chronicles of Narnia. I'll post individual reviews for each book, and slightly shorter opinions here. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The first in "The Chronicles of Narnia" is not a bad book, to be sure, but its characters, especially the humans, are a bit bland to stick with the reader once the book is closed. The exception is Edmund Pevensie, who is memorable only because Lewis makes him so unrelentingly obnoxious for almost the entire book.

Lewis also draws on myriad old myths, fables and legends to create the hodgepodge that is Narnia, creating little from scratch. The plot of "Lion" is a bit creaky, too, with some machinations making little sense on their own, and needed solely to keep the story moving forward.

I'm thinking, for example, of the note left behind at Mr. Tumnus's house after he is arrested -- a note that exists only so that the Pevensie children can find out what became of the faun.

But some of the touches in Lewis's writing remain fresh almost 60 years after the book was written. Lewis never lets you forget he's telling you a story, occasionally interjecting his own opinions of the characters' doings, and more than once reminding the reader of something that happened in "the last chapter.

Well, there is, late in the book, some hot girl-on-girl-on-lion action. Sure, C. Lewis mostly was writing a religious parable for children, but he threw in some thinly veiled steaminess for his adult readers too.

Don't think I don't know what you were doing, Jack. Also, spoiler alert: Aslan is totally Jesus Christ. Full review: Why does C. Lewis feel the need, in each "Chronicles of Narnia" book, to make one of the Pevensie children, seemingly at random, completely loathsome? In "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," it was Edmund who was a complete dick for almost the entire book, and now, in "Prince Caspian," it's Susan who's asking for a good bitch-slapping. I think I know why C. Lewis does this: He's not very good at making characters memorable unless he makes them totally good, totally bad, or start out totally bad and have them turn totally good partway through the story.

I know these are children's books, but even children's books can have a little bit of complexity in their characterization, no? Just as in "Lion," none of the characters in "Caspian" much deserve to remain in the reader's mind after the book is closed. The possible exception is Trumpkin, and he stands out mostly by using such exclamations as "lobsters and lollipops" and "giants and junipers.

Getting back to Susan, I do get what C. Lewis is trying to do with her character in "Caspian. I get it, but Lewis never bothers telling us why Susan has strayed. That all being said, the story in "Caspian" is fast-moving and entertaining, and, just as in "Lion," the writing is lively and engaging. The strongest of the three "Chronicles of Narnia" books I've read so far, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" opens with a wonderful first line: With the way he talks about his cousins Edmund and Lucy, as well as the Narnians on board the Dawn Treader, particularly in his diary entries, Eustace comes across as a younger, slightly less gay Noel Coward.

Most of "Voyage" is comprised of a series of set pieces that demonstrate what a lively imagination C. Lewis had: This is both "Voyage"'s strength and its weakness: The writing remains strong, and is even a bit better than in the first two books. There's a funny line early on in the book when the then-bitchy Eustace disappears and Reepicheep, who's none too fond of him, immediately vows to avenge his murder -- apparently hoping he were, in fact, murdered.

Lewis finally loses the designated-asshole character I've complained about in my reviews of the preceding books — but it also has a less compelling story than the other books. I did find Eustace Scrubb's school, Experiment House, interesting, and wish we had spent a bit more time there before being whisked away to Narnia once again. I also liked the new characters Jill Pole and, especially, Puddleglum, the wonderfully curmudgeonly Marshwiggle who, when pressed, proves himself a hero.

I get the sense that other readers of the Narnia books liked "The Horse and His Boy" a lot more than I did, with some even citing it as one of their favorites. I found its main characters less interesting than those in the preceding books, and found the biblical allusions -- the parallels between the lives of Shasta and Moses, for example -- a bit overbearing. Lewis's writing is as strong as ever, but the clever quips and asides are fewer in this volume than I'd come to expect.

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The Magician's Nephew: I had a lot more fun with "The Magician's Nephew" than I had with its immediate predecessor, partly because its inclusion of people from this world -- something "The Horse and His Boy" almost completely lacked -- made it easier to relate to, and partly because the villains, Jadis and Uncle Andrew, have great personalities, broadly drawn though they may be. The recapitulation of Genesis toward the end of the book is pretty heavy-handed, even for C.

Lewis, but this still was one of the better Narnia books. It's been a long, long trip, and I'm glad to finally reach the end. While I enjoyed some of the early installments in the Narnia saga, and several of the characters were compelling some to love, others to hate , the series overstayed its welcome for me -- even after taking a break halfway through.

The themes of God vs. Satan, heaven and earth, good vs. I can't imagine how children reading this book would react. In the end, I'm glad I finally read the entire series, but I never, ever want to read the Narnia books again. Via, io ci riprovo. Strategia di lettura: Ho adorato il tipo di nar Via, io ci riprovo.

Ho adorato il tipo di narrazione. Il finale mi ha scioccata view spoiler [ per la fine fatta fare ai fratelli e ai loro genitori. Edizione in tre volumi.

Lewis ci accompagna per la prima volta nel regno di Narnia, attraverso la magia di due anelli forgiati da un incauto mago.

Scaraventati in un mondo parallelo, due bambini - Polly e Diggory - saranno i primi a fare la conoscenza del possente Aslan ma saranno anche res Edizione in tre volumi. Scaraventati in un mondo parallelo, due bambini - Polly e Diggory - saranno i primi a fare la conoscenza del possente Aslan ma saranno anche responsabili di aver risvegliato la malefica regina Jadis.

Non vedo l'ora di proseguire nella lettura degli altri volumi! A bordo del Veliero dell'alba , la compagnia vaga alla ricerca dei fedeli del re di Narnia che furono scacciati dal malvagio re Midaz. Solcando i mari e esplorando isole abitate da strani personaggi, i protagonisti giungeranno all'inizio della Fine del Mondo luogo da cui si narra provenga il mitico leone Aslan e dovranno scegliere se proseguire verso questa destinazione leggendaria o no.

But Lewis, who had written bits and pieces of the books at different times, also noted that the order probably didn't much matter: "I'm not even sure that all the [books] were written in the same order in which they were published. If you prefer to read them in the original order—an order that may bring more surprises—follow the dates after the titles instead.

The Magician's Nephew "This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. They witness the dawn of a world, where new plants and animals are called by their creator to "Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Among the mysteries of the house is an old wardrobe that yields a passage to an extraordinary land. This journey story—a favorite of many young Lewis fans—is the only Chronicle to take place entirely in the world of Narnia and its neighbors.

Prince Caspian "Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. The Earth children join forces with outlaw Prince Caspian and his animal followers to save their beloved land.

The islands that lie beyond the kingdom offer mystery and wonder—and in a world that is flat, what lies where the sea ends may be the greatest wonder of all.