Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia): Discover where the magic began in this illustrated prequel to the children’s classics by C.S. Lewis: Book 1

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Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia): Discover where the magic began in this illustrated prequel to the children’s classics by C.S. Lewis: Book 1

Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia): Discover where the magic began in this illustrated prequel to the children’s classics by C.S. Lewis: Book 1

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There seems to be, at the heart of Lewis' works, a desperate pride, a desperate sense that we do know, even when we think we don't, even when Lewis shows us a hundred examples where we couldn't possibly know. But that is the crux of the fundamental paradox around which Lewis inevitably frames his stories, the paradox which defines his life, his philosophies, and the impetus for his conversion. Queen Helen: The wife of King Frank, the first queen of Narnia, and the ancestress of the Archenlanders There is very little I can find to critique in this story. Lewis beautifully tells a Creation myth, and teaches good moral, political, and historical lessons at the same time. Plus he relates to the reader what the world was like when he himself was a little boy. Digory is basically the same age that Lewis was, and has many characteristics in common with Lewis. I found myself able to imagine what the locales of London and the life of a turn-of-the-century English child would be like. Marvelous writing. The frame story, set in England, features two children ensnared in experimental travel via "the wood between the worlds". Thus, the novel shows Narnia and our middle-aged world to be only two of many in a multiverse, which changes as some worlds begin and others end. It also explains the origin of foreign elements in Narnia, not only the lamp-post but also the White Witch and a human king and queen. In The Magician’s Nephew, Lewis gives a vivid account of the dawn of the kingdom of Narnia, the primary setting in the rest of The Chronicles of Narnia series. The burgeoning vitality of this world finds its origin in Aslan’s innate, inexhaustible creativity. Those whom Aslan creates, or those who come to share in his world through their gratitude and wonder at his creation, are endowed with dignity and beauty by association with him. By contrast, those who mistrust Aslan resist and seek to exploit the beauty of his world, even failing to see it for what it is. Through this juxtaposition, Lewis suggests that the beauty and dignity of the world and its creatures is upheld by those who honor its creator.

Indeed, another aspect of the book is how science needs moral restraint. Some act like Lewis and Tolkien hated science and technology. They hated the abuses of it. They used technology more often than folks seem to realize, and especially Lewis did. The point about science here is that made in his "adult fairy tale" *That Hideous Strength*. To work well, to make discoveries that genuinely benefit all, and not just a few, indeed, to actually work at all, science needs a moral, Christian basis. In the last chapter of the book, Polly asks Aslan if humanity has yet grown as corrupt as Charn, to which he replies: I could intuitively sense, within the first few chapters, that this book influenced not only J.R.R. Tolkien, but Robert Jordan and J.K. Rowling, as well. I could feel it, I could feel the connection between their writings and this work. Polly y Digory son dos niños que pueden viajar por diferentes mundos gracias a un par de anillos mágicos que fueron forjados especialmente para dicho propósito. Mundos a los cuales únicamente es posible llegar por medio de la magia, ya que no se encuentran en nuestro plano existencial, ni aunque recorriéramos cada rincón del universo podríamos llegar a aquellos lugares. Lo que nunca imaginaron, es que, debido a esto, formarían parte del nacimiento de una nueva y magnífica tierra; teniendo trato directo con una deidad de aquel misterioso confín, quien los hará embarcarse en una aventura, con la intención de enmendar sus errores y aprender de estos. Esto y mucho más es lo que nos ofrece la primera historia de la saga de Las crónicas de Narnia.My son was an only child for 12 years, (before the Disney princesses, Pocahontas and Jasmine, arrived), and I read to him, every night, religiously, for an hour, including C.S. Lewis's Narnia collection. Dorsett, Lyle (1995). Marjorie Lamp Mead (ed.). C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children. Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-684-82372-0.

Some details of the creation of Narnia, such as the emergence of animals from the ground, and the way they shake earth from their bodies are also similar to passages in Paradise Lost, and may also have been inspired by descriptions of the processes of nature in the seventh book of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene. [33] The Garden of the Hesperides [ edit ] C. S. Lewis borrowed several elements for this book, and some of his other Narnia series, from another book, Story of the Amulet written by E. Nesbit in 1906. Jadis's arrival in London closely resembles the Queen of Babylon's accidental journey to London, and the havoc she causes there.

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In "the deepest, wildest voice they had ever heard," Aslan says, "Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters." Thus, "Out of the trees wild people stepped forth, gods and goddesses of the wood; with them came Fauns and Satyrs and Dwarfs. Out of the river rose the river god with his Naiad daughters." There is laughter as well as seriousness, and Aslan is a source of fun as well as duty. Schakel, Peter J. (2005). The way into Narnia: a reader's guide. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. ISBN 0-8028-2984-8. Lewis had his way to tell the story. He thoroughly showed me about this world where the origin of Narnia comes from. Not only I got to know about the wardrobe, but I was introduced to the characer that would be a big part in the next book. The Magician's Nephew should be read before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for you to get full knowledge about this world.

The book doesn't really spend as much time on various theological or moral points as the others do. It's more of a broad mythical statement affirming the Biblical concept of Creation in the Bible. The idea of God's Sovereignty and control over His Creation is abundantly clear and obvious, as is the fact that everything goes according to His plan and will. As Aslan says to to the Narnians, He will make sure the He suffers the most at the hands of Witch's evil.

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According to Jadis's own account, her sister had started a long and murderous civil war. There was a solemn oath between her and the unnamed sister that neither side would use magic, a pact broken by the sister, who gained the advantage as a result. Jadis recounts that during the civil war, she "poured out the blood of her armies like water," but was eventually defeated. In the final battle, which was fought in the city itself over three days, the sister defeated the last of Jadis' forces. Aslan gives some animals the power of speech, commanding them to use it for justice and merriment or else risk becoming regular animals once again. King Frank and his wife are then crowned. Aslan confronts Digory with his responsibility for bringing Jadis into his young world, and tells Digory he must atone by helping to protect the new land of Narnia from her evil. Aslan transforms the cabbie's horse into a winged horse called Fledge, and Digory and Polly fly on him to a distant garden high in the mountains. Digory's task is to take an apple from a tree in this garden and plant it in Narnia. At the garden Digory finds a sign warning not to steal from the garden. Charn and the realm in which it resided ceased to exist entirely after Jadis and the children left. Later, when Aslan and the children are in the Wood between the Worlds, Aslan shows them that the puddle leading to Charn is dried up, as the empty world has been destroyed. Jadis entered Narnia with the humans from Earth, and 900 years later appears as the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, ruling that land for 100 years until Aslan returned and defeated her with the aid of the four Pevensie children. [2] Commentary [ edit ] This book is hard for me to rate in comparison to the other *Chronicles of Narnia*, because so much of it is spent in worlds *other than* Narnia, making it inherently different from the other six books. Nevertheless, I must say that it is a beloved book of mine, and I can't say enough good about it. In 2003, the BBC produced a 10-part version read by Jane Lapotaire and signed by Jean St Clair wearing different Narnia-like clothes in British Sign Language, for the TV series Hands Up! which was first broadcast on the 16 January 2003. [51] Jean signed in front of various high quality illustrations representing parts of the novel. It was later repeated on CBBC on the 3 December 2007, and BBC Two on the 16 September 2008. [52] [53] [54] Radio [ edit ]

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