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Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The

Author: C. S. Lewis
Date Read: Mar 2003


Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy are four siblings sent to live in the country with ?The Professor.? Due to a game of Hide and Seek, Lucy stumbles upon the wardrobe that transports her to an ice covered world of Narnia. Lucy quickly learns that this world is unique from hers. From a talking fawn, Lucy is told about the White Witch and how she is the one keeping Narnia frozen.

Lucy leaves Narnia and tells her siblings about what she has seen. They obviously do not believe her until they too are led into Narnia through the wardrobe. The White Witch has a hatred for humans that puts the children in harms way. She gains power over Edmund through his gluttonous appetite for Turkish Delight, which only complicates things. The three other children have many adventures as they, with the help of the powerful lion, Aslan, battle to save not only their brother, but also all of Narnia.


A good read!
I really enjoyed reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Although it is written at a child's level (my nieces and nephews also love it), it captured my attention because of the similarities between the novel and the life of Jesus Christ. Obviously, C.S. Lewis was making the tale of Aslan the Lion to introduce children to the Bible - even if they did not know it. It is a wonderful, short, and easy-to-read story that would also be great to read to your children. It is one of the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series. The entire series is worth the few hours it will take you to read them.
(Submitted by lovejoy)

Good, quick read, but not as good as I expected
I enjoyed reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it didn't quite meet my expectations.

I had wanted to read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe for quite a while, but I never really got around to it until my last summer at college. I liked that it was a quick read, but I was surprised at how blatant the symbolism was. I guess that since it is targeted to children, C.S. Lewis probably didn't want to hide the symbolism deep within the pages, but rather make it blunt so that children could learn from it. Nevertheless, I expected something a bit more subtle and deep.

I would recommend the book to others; however, it didn't capture my interest enough to get me to want to read the rest of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia series.
(Submitted by blake)

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