The lion, the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

The lion, the witch and the wardrobeBlurb:

Narnia…a land frozen in eternal winter…a country waiting to be set free.

Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia – a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change…and a great sacrifice.

 

 

 

 


In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Kind of yes, kind of no      

For people who like: fairy tales, fantasy, good vs. evil


My thoughts: 

This was the quickest read for me in a long time. I started some time in the morning and was done in the afternoon (including the usual family interruptions, I might add).  According to the target group the story was not overly complicated and extremely easy to follow.

I liked the general idea of the children discovering another world by entering a wardrobe, moving through fur coats and leaving through the back. But there were a few things I didn’t like at all.

  • The mishmash of characters in Narnia that just didn’t go together. Giants, trolls, fauns, speaking beavers, satyrs, unicorns, centaurs, for me they don’t all belong into the same universe. What I found even more annoying was the appearance of Santa Claus. What on Earth does he do in a parallel fantasy world? And gives some useful gifts, too. Those gifts sounded more like fairy gifts than from jolly old Santa.
  • The witch was mean, but stupid. She could have gotten more use out of Edmund after he came to her castle had she been a bit nicer. As it was she made him realize how wicked she really was and he turned against her. That wasn’t something I would have expected her to do. She should have kept up her sweet, deceiving personality a little longer.
  • Aslan, well, that little trick he pulled was not very honourable. I didn’t care about the Christian aspects of that scene but what really annoyed me was that he betrayed the deal with the witch. He gave her his word (implied by his furious roar when she asked about whether she could trust the deal will be honoured) and then he comes up with the even older magic crap which the witch didn’t know about. Not fair! I admit he had to go through a fair amount of humiliation and yes, the witch would have not been honourable and honest either, but two wrongs don’t make a right (sorry about having to quote a commonplace here). Also this is not a very good example for children. I know something you don’t, so I can cheat on you easier. And that is ok, because you are evil and I am good. I didn’t like that. At all.

It was an ok start to the series as the children discovered Narnia together with me. I am curious to know what comes next. At the same time I am quite apprehensive. Will the series continue to give such dubious messages to its readers? The end justifies the means isn’t something I 100% agree with. We will see.


Movie tip

The chronicles of Narnia: The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

 


Product info and buy link :

Title The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Author C. S. Lewis
Publisher HarperCollins
ISBN 9780007115617
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    • You know what? I think it is because I only read the book now as an adult that I don’t see it that way. I know a lot of people have read it as a kid. I know that every book I read and loved as a girl I would not dissect in any way either. It just is the way it is and that is good.

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  1. I read this one for the first time this month and am working on my review now. I have to say I agree with you. I just was not nearly as taken with this book as I thought I would have been. I was surprised by the overt religious aspects (particularly the fact that the children were constantly referred to as Son of Adam and Daughter of Eve) and, of course, the whole crucifixion thing. I didn’t mind all the different types of characters in the one world, although I agree the whole Santa thing was weird. I guess I liked the overall story, just wasn’t crazy about the way it was written. We’ll see how the next book goes…
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    • I’m glad I am not the only one. Maybe this is something that people who read the book as a child never even think about. They know what happens and it is just the way it is. I am looking forward to reading your review.

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