Monday, March 6, 2006

A Review of The Magician's Nephew



Written by James Fohl

Recently, I has the pleasure of reading a book by the title of The Magician's Nephew, which was written by C.S. Lewis. The title may sound a bit similiar to people who have seen the movie "The Chronicles of Narnia" because, well it is the prequel to the story "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" of which the movie was based on.

The Target Audience Is For Children, However Adults Will Fall In Love With This Book Too.

Now the target audience of this movie is of course, for children, however many adults will also find the book a rather interesting read; especially if you enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia movie that came out this past holiday season. The book is a little over two hundred pages long, however most editions that are available also include black and white pictures that help break up the book for children.

The Story Takes Place Long Ago, And Evolves Into A Fairy Tale Setting Quickly.

The story takes place in the late 19th century, in England. Two children, Digory and Polly quickly become friends, and soon enough find themselves in all sorts of trouble when they venture into Digory's Uncle's room.

The trouble starts when Digory's Uncle gives the two kids colorful rings. Polly then disappears, which causes Uncle Andrew to blackmail Digory into using his ring to go and find Polly. After a little bit of debate, he puts the ring on and vanishes to go find his new friend.

The Basis Of The Next Story Of The Saga, The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe.

The story takes off from there, having the children leave their normal lives and venture into a fairy tale world that is full of adventure. The book serves as a bit of a prequel to the The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and has very loose connections to the story.

For examples, the characters you saw in the movie are not present in this book, mostly because they did not exist yet. On the other side, Digory, who was a small child in this book is in the The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, however instead of being a small child he is now a old man.

The lion, whose name is Aslan is introduced in this story, as the book plays out, he is shown to be the leader, or God of Narnia. The witch is also introduced in this story, as she is released by the young Digory early on, when he decides to ring a small bell on the Deplorable World, a world in which the witch had destroyed many years earlier.

The story does however seem to come together at the end, and for that I am very happy. Apparently, even though The Magician's Nephew was the last Chronicles of Narnia book written, it has been re-released as the first part of the saga. This is very important to note, considering that this story is not really connected to the rest of the saga and basically serves as a background story to The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, as well as the other Chronicles of Narnia books.


I must admit that even though this is a children's book, it really still appeals to me. It does have its dull moments, but it is still a really well written book; especially for children. While I did indeed have a couple problems with the book, its probably because I am an adult, and this book was written for children.

I have not yet seen the Chronicles of Narnia movie, however after reading this book I can only expect the movie to be absolutely fantastic. Although I probably will not read any other books in the series, I still recommend that anyone who has enjoyed the movie and would like to read the Chronicles of Narnia, should definitely start with this book.

In addition, if you are looking for a good book for our child to read, then I have to recommend this book. If they like the Harry Potter series of books, or find them too long to read, then they will most likely love The Magician's Nephew.

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