The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy
Thea’s Review of The Chronicles of Narnia
Who wrote this book and when?
Clive Staples Lewis in 1954.
Has there been a film version?
No, although Walden Media owns the rights to make it into film.
Who are the main characters?
Digory Kirke – a young boy who is sent to other worlds by magic
Polly Plummer – a young girl who also travels to other worlds
Uncle Andrew – an evil and selfish man who expiriments with magic
Jadis – a wicked queen from another land who is determined to rule everything and everyone
Aslan – a giant lion who is more than he seems
What’s it about?
This is the story of the beginning of Narnia. It centers around the characters of Digory Kirke, Polly Plummer, evil Uncle Andrew Ketterly, and the Witch Queen Jadis from Charn. After Digory and Polly are tricked into magically travelling to another world, they unwittingly awaken one of the most evil witches in existence, Jadis, who involves them all in an adventure which will impact their lives and the world of earth and Narnia forever.
Why is this book a classic?
Because it is part of one of the most famous children’s fantasy stories of all time – “The Chronicles of Narnia.” And because it details the history of many of the aspects of later tales in the Chronicles.
Why should I read this book?
Everyone should read the Chronicles of Narnia. They’re just that good.
Has it won any awards?
I don’t believe so.
“‘Rubbish!’ said Aunt Letty, and then, turning to the Witch, ‘Get out of my house this moment, you shameless hussy, or I’ll send for the police.’ She thought the Witch must be someone out of a circus and she did not approve of bare arms.
“‘What woman is this?’ said Jadis. ‘Down on your knees, minion, before I blast you.’
“‘No strong language in this house if you please, young woman,’ said Aunt Letty.” -p36
Many modern fiction/fantasy writers dislike the Chronicles of Narnia, including JK Rowling and Philip Pullman. (Rowling: Harry Potter series, Pullman: His Dark Materials). Both are quoted as saying they dislike the books because of prejudice against the ideas of sex and racism (although I don’t see it…) Pullman even goes so far as to call it “insulting drivel.” Which is kind of offensive to me.
I love this book. Many people who have read all of the books in the Narnia series will rate this as their least favorite or very near to it. However, I am always one to be interested in the origins of ideas and in this case – worlds and mythology. I think it was absolutely brilliant of Lewis to write a book which details the birth of Narnia as a world and give us more history on the White Witch, Aslan, the professor, and even the lamp post. And the story moves along at such a clipping rate that it keeps you in its thrall throughout the entirety of the tale.