Book Review: The Magician’s Nephew

CLAIRE OLIVER
C.S. Lewis has written countless books with deep and spiritually meaning. His series the Chronicles of Narnia have been turned into inspiring blockbusters and so the books have recaptured the media’s attention. What most people don’t know is that there is one book that actually comes before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It is called the Magician’s Nephew and one of the better books of the series.
Lewis starts off the book in early 1900’s London; he sets the scene just enough to picture what the two main characters would look like. Polly and Digory are the main characters and they will eventually become the two children who help create the world of Narnia that Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy enter into. The book has pictures in it, which may sound like the book is meant for little children but they really allow you to really get into the story.
When I decided to read the book I didn’t think I would like it. I am a big fan of the movies and since the other books were nothing like the films my expectations were very low. I figured out soon that the book was actually a delightful read. The story fits very well with the other books. When Polly and Digory meet the Witch everything came together.
I also enjoyed how the creation of Narnia is described. Aslan roaring everything into life is great symbolism and I applaud Lewis for creating the dramatic effect. The plot line overall is kind of cliché, Digory is trying to find something to cure his dying mother. It is touching that Digory will go to any length to save his mom and the sentiment makes you want to find out if Digory succeeds or not.
C.S. Lewis is famous for the way he writes, and I can see why. The book was excellent I would even consider it one of my favorites. Lewis’s writing style lets you enter the world of Narnia and even beyond that. It is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the films and to anyone who likes adventure books.

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