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Enlarge Book Cover . Witness the creation of a magical land in The Magician's Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has. The. Magician's. Nephew. C. S. L e w i s. The Chronicles of Narnia. S a m i z d a t .. of the room, was a big table piled with all sorts of things printed books. The Magician's Nephew was the sixth book published in the The Chronicles of Narnia. It was originally published in by The Bodley Head.

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The Magician's Nephew has similar biblical allusions, reflecting aspects of The Book of Genesis such as the. The Magician's Nephew book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fasc . The Magician's Nephew [C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes] on A mass-market paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew, book one in the classic.

This is the question I have been asking myself while re-reading the books for the umpteenth time. While these books where big back in the day the main question and direction I wanted to explore is… are they still relevant today? Digory is living with his Aunty Hetty and Uncle Andrew while his sick mother recovers from a terminal illness. Every day Polly and Digory - who live next door to each other - invent their own games in the attics of their houses. Uncle Andrew is off limits to Digory and one day when they stumble upon his secret office they are tricked into slipping on rings than transport them to the world between worlds where they awaken Jadis, an evil queen who has destroyed her own world and plans to return to London to take over that world as well. After a riotous romp through London Polly and Digory finally get Jadis back to the wood between the worlds and find themselves in a black empty space where the land of Narnia is being sung into existence by the great lion Aslan.

A brilliant, magical tale that is very funny in parts--few enough people appreciate Lewis's sense of humor. One other note: This debate goes on, but as a longtime devotee of the Chronicles, I advise reading the books in the order they were written.

And, if she were recovering, Digory would not have been tempted to steal an apple for her. If you don't Read the lion the witch and the wardrobe first, you will miss the foundation and the importance of Aslan, and also the surprises that will come in the other books such as when you discover where the lamp post came from.

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I have been privileged to meeta great number of Lewis scholars, and the vast majority agree that the books should be read in the order in which they were written.

Also, as far as I know, Lewis liked Tolkien's books, but told Kim definitely did not like the Narnia stories. Once you get into it, you cant put it down till you reach the end. I loved it. I recommend it to 5th graders and up. I cant wait to read the whole series!

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My experiment has succeeded. The little girl's gone—vanished—right out of the world. Lewis, is a classic, mythological fantasy set in the s busy streets of London, England, and in Charn and Narnia. After being sent to another world by his uncle, Digory and his best friend Polly discover new worlds with enemies, friends, and royalty. One of the most interesting characters in the novel is Aslan, a giant, wise lion.

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He has powerful magic to create living things. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters. Digory was able to pull himself up and say no, while he was very tempted.

It offers fantasy, friendship, and mythology. The book is very interesting to read, its an excellent work for Lewis. I will like to recommend this book to others readers. Once you read this book your life starts!

It is good because of how it tells the story of the Bible. I first read this as a pre-adult, and it grabbed my imaginative capability in a way that no other book with the possible exception of Lord of the Rings has done since. Quickly, coming back to the place that is known for Narnia over a quarter of a century later, was like a startling chipper get-together with a withdrew buddy.

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Children will be enchanted with the capers and more create book darlings will like the hid profundities, and likewise neglecting their impairments by being transported again to more fulfilled, more glad days.

A truly splendid work that gets into your dreams and never really forsakes you. The author does this in a fun way, Aslan is great and Jadis is mean. The magical rings explained how they first got to Narnia.

A lovely book. One of the best books I have read I reccomend it especially to children. This meant The Magician's Nephew was numbered as the first in the series.

HarperCollins, which had previously published editions of the novels outside the United States, also acquired the rights to publish the novels in that country in and used this sequence in the uniform worldwide edition published in that year. Lewis wrote back, appearing to support the younger Krieg's views, although he did point out that the views of the author may not be the best guidance, and that perhaps it would not matter what order they were read in.

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In the book he wrote first, Lucy Pevensie 's discovery of the wardrobe that opens onto a forest and a mysterious lamp post creates a sense of suspense about an unknown land she is discovering for the first time. This would be anticlimactic if the reader has already been introduced to Narnia in The Magician's Nephew and already knows the origins of Narnia, the wardrobe, and the lamp post.

Indeed, the narrative of The Magician's Nephew appears to assume that the reader has already read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and is now being shown its beginnings. He thought that the tales were not direct representations or allegory, but that they might evoke or remind readers of Biblical stories.

Jadis tempts Digory to eat one of the forbidden apples in the garden, as the serpent tempts Eve into eating a forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Unlike Eve however, Digory rejects Jadis's offer. Lewis's Perelandra also features a re-enactment of the same Biblical story, which in that book also ends with the tempter foiled and the fall avoided.

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While the creation of Narnia closely echoes the creation of the Earth in the Book of Genesis, there are a number of important differences. Human beings are not created in Narnia by Aslan, they are brought into Narnia from our own world. Unlike Genesis, where souls are given only to human beings, animals and half-human half-animal creatures such as Fauns and Satyrs and even trees and watercourses are given souls and the power of rational thought and speech.

This appears to suggest Lewis combined his Christian worldview with his fondness for nature, myth and fairy tales. Jadis's references to "reasons of State", and her claim to own the people of Charn and to be beyond morality, represent the eclipse of the medieval Christian belief in natural law by the political concept of sovereignty, as embodied first in royal absolutism and then in modern dictatorships.

He specifically does so in The Magician's Nephew when a "long warm breath" gives life to Narnia. Lewis used the symbol of the breath to represent the Holy Spirit , also known as the Holy Ghost. Both spirit and ghost are translations of the word for breath in Hebrew and Greek. On the one hand there is the beauty of Aslan's creation of Narnia, which is suggested as having a natural order by the use of musical harmony to bring landscapes and living things into being. There is also a distinct order to the process of creation, from earth to plants to animal, which evokes the concept of The Great Chain of Being.

Lewis himself was a strong believer in the intrinsic value of nature for itself, rather than as a resource to be exploited. This is perhaps reflected in how Aslan also gives speech to spiritual aspects of nature, such naiads in the water and dryads in the trees.

Andrew Ketterley and Jadis represent an opposite, evil approach of bending the forces of nature to human will for the purpose of self gain. They see nature solely as a resource to use for their plans and thus disturb and destroy the natural order. And higher than that Wall a circling row Of goodliest trees loaden with fairest fruit, Blossoms and fruits at once of golden hue, Appeerd, with gay enameld colours mixt I did not in the least feel that I was getting in more quantity or better quality a pleasure I had already known.

It was more as if a cupboard which one had hitherto valued as a place for hanging coats proved one day, when you opened the door, to lead to the garden of the Hesperides It is set in the far West of the world; it has a watchful guardian; a hero Digory is sent, like Hercules , to fetch an apple from it; a female villain Jadis steals another of the apples, like Eris.

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Since the eponymous Hesperides were daughters of Hesperus , the god of the planet Venus in the evening, advocates of the planetary theory adduce this as evidence for a special association between The Magician's Nephew and Venus. The Bastables were children who appeared in a number of Edith Nesbit's stories. This novel focuses on four children living in London who discover a magic amulet. Their father is away and their mother is ill, as is the case with Digory.

They also manage to transport the queen of ancient Babylon to London and she is the cause of a riot; a very similar event takes place in The Magician's Nephew when Polly and Digory transport Queen Jadis to London and she also causes a similar disturbance. Tolkien[ edit ] The creation of Narnia may also have been influenced by his close friend J. Tolkien 's The Silmarillion , which also contains a creation scene driven by the effect of music. She gives Ketterley a box from Atlantis containing the dust from which he constructs the rings Digory and Polly use to travel between worlds.

Both Lefays are allusions to Morgan Le Fay , a powerful sorceress in a number of versions of King Arthur 's tales, who is often portrayed as evil. The box itself is also evocative of Pandora's box from Greek myth , which also contained dangerous secrets. The world of Charn was destroyed when Jadis spoke The Deplorable Word, a form of knowledge ancient Charnian scholars feared for its destructive potential.

A number of commentators believed Lewis was referring to the use of the atomic bomb , used less than a decade earlier. It is perhaps more likely that Lewis was echoing the mythical destruction of Atlantis by the forces of evil and arrogance.

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It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as The Deplorable Word and use it to destroy all living things". Iden Payne Theatre.