ñ The Chronicles of Narnia ¾ Download by î C.S. Lewis I love Narnia Of course it s not perfect, but they are such wonderful stories, paving the way for so many other fantasy worlds that followed Sure they ve got the allegorical Christian background, and some of Lewis wording and phrases wouldn t pass as politically correct now But if you can look past these small details, Narnia is a truly magical place, the stories iconic, I will never forget them The Magicians NephewBy gum, said Digory, don t I just wish I was big enough to punch your head The creation story of Narnia Young Polly and Diggory are swept up in the experiments of a magician attempting to find other worlds In doing so they discover the beginning of Narnia, and so start off the tales The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeCourse he isn t safe But he s good He s the king, I tell you The most well known of the Narnian chronicles Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy discover Narnia through the back of a wardrobe Their battles with the white witch are legendary The Horse and his BoyDo not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune but all the dead are dead alike This one though based when the Pevensie children are still in Narnia the focus is on two young Calormene children, Shasta and Aravis Having both run away they seek a better life in Narnia, becoming involved in a battle between the Narnians and the Calormenes Prince CaspianBut things never happen the same way twice It has been hard for us all in Narnia before now The Pevensie children return to Narnia after a gap of several hundred years though to the children only 1 year of our time has passed They aid the rightful heir to the throne in his attempts to stop his evil uncle from destroying Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn TreaderA swashbuckling tale full of adventures Only Edmund and Lucy return this time, taking with them their dreadful cousin Eustace They land on the deck of a ship with Prince Caspian on a journey to find 7 missing dukes The Silver ChairHe was not a perfectly enormous giant that is to say, he was rather taller than an apple tree but nothing like so tall as a telegraph pole Eustace returns with a school friend Jill To find the missing Prince whose disappearance has led to numerous others going missing in search of him Their journey takes them to the land of giants and to the world underground Also the best character Puddleglum the Marsh Wiggle is in this one I love him The Last BattleAll worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy A fantastic conclusion An evil ape is using trickery and deceit to cause the Narnians to live in fear This is the battle to end all battles and none will be the same again 5 stars Narnia is a wonderful place with the most incredible cast of characters Like I said it certainly has flaws but its achievements overcome those big timeAll their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on Earth has read which goes on for ever in which every chapter is better than the one before Quick review Terrific fantasy setting and storyline spoilt by extremely unsubtle allegory and as the story progresses excessive Christian preachiness Warning Racial stereotypes abound and may offend.
Recommended for adults who thrive in a Christian religious environment or those who can overlook these aspects totally and enjoy the story Not for gullible children, unless accompanied by a discerning adult Detailed review I won t insult the intelligence of respected GoodReaders by giving a synopsis of the Narnia stories I don t think there will be many here who do not know this story, even if you have not actually read the books The stories of the four Pevensie children who discover the magical land of Narnia through the back of a wardrobe is the stuff of legend in literary circles a land which they rule over as kings and queens after freeing it from the enchantment of the White Witch, under the benign yet firm supervision of Aslan the lion.
As fantasies for children go, this is a terrific universe filled with possibilities There are talking animals, magical creatures from Greek mythology and English fairy lore, and suitably satisfying and mysterious landscape worthy of exploration again and again So one feels that if only the author in C S Lewis had let himself go he could have produced something similar to the The Lord of the Rings Unfortunately, he does not do that The author sublimates himself to the Christian, so that the story becomes allegory and mostly allegory The spirit of gung ho adventure is coated over with sickly sweet preachiness which becomes so cloying towards the end that one almost feels like throwing up This book contains the novels in the chronological order as regards the story 1 The Magician s Nephew2 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe3 The Horse and His Boy4 Prince Caspian5 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader6 The Silver Chair7 The Last BattleHowever, the actual order in which the books were published is 1 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe2 Prince Caspian3 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader4 The Silver Chair5 The Magician s Nephew6 The Horse and His Boy7 The Last BattleIt seems that there is a hot dispute going on about the order in which the books should be read After reading them in the chronological sequence, I would advise reading them in the sequence of publication IMO, the last two The Horse and His Boy, and The Last Battle are better left unread, especially the last one More about that later.
Aslan the Lion is Christ this becomes evident in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe itself view spoiler he sacrifices himself to save Edmund Pevensie, and is immediately resurrected hide spoiler I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia when I was six years old halfway through my first year of school I had discovered the joys of our school library and I still remember the day and the exact shelf where I found The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe It was the lowest shelf, the one that rested on the ground and I had to crouch down to wiggle the book out from amongst its peers By the time I d finished first grade I d read them all and searched high and low for any book series that could be as wonderful and magical as this one had been.
Now I could dismiss my love of these books as some quaint, childhood memory that I was unwilling to let go of Certainly that is a factor However, the magic has never faded I ve read them all so many times that I ve memorized them I ve memorized them so thoroughly that I ve told them as bed time stories to children that I ve done baby sitting for Children who have loved the stories and begged to go to bed early so that they could hear MORE about Diggory and Polly or Lucy, Peter, Edmund and Susan or about Shasta and Avaris and so on and so forth.
It s not just children, either My husband and I read a book, a proper book for half an hour for our son every night For the past month that has been The Chronicles of Narnia It s gotten to the point where he doesn t want to stop Our son s bedtime comes and goes and my husband insists on reading just a little bit He says things like, I wish I d read these as a child They re fantastic Are they perfect No The Last Battle is a hard and frustrating read The Magician s Nephew is a little awkward The Horse and His Boy is just a TAD controversial for some of its content But they re so, so worth the read To me, there s a magic to these books that time and life has never managed to dim.
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S LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C S Lewis It is considered a classic of children s literature and is the author s best known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world, magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.
books The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 1950 Prince Caspian The Return to Narnia 1951 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1952 The Silver Chair 1953 The Horse and His Boy 1954 The Magician s Nephew 1955 The Last Battle 1956 2002 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956.
read this as a kid and re read later on, these 7 books were a great form of escapism despite the somewhat overbearing Christian symbolism that is pervasive throughout The movies did NOT to the books justice but the animated film about Lion, Witch and Wardrobe was actually OK A must for kids.
S Lewis I can safely say that I liked the introduction of every story But, I just personally didn t find it to be extremely appealing as a whole This book nonetheless will be someone else s treasure, not mine I liked it, but I just wasn t too crazy about it The Magician s Nephew 5 stars I would surely want to reread this story again in the near future Such an original plot I enjoyed every minute of it Getting to know the backstory and how Narnia was created was interesting to me Many people didn t like how there were connections with Christianity, but I found it to be quite creative There were a few metaphors between Adam, Eve, and the tree of wisdom Digory and Uncle Andrew were my favorite characters, even though at times the uncle seemed quite cynical My favorite moment would have to the fight at the lamp post and how they escaped One quote that stood out to me was What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing It also depends on what sort of person you are The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe 4 starsI liked these characters, they engaged me throughout the whole story My favorite character were the two youngest ones Lucy and Edmund They seemed to always have something going on with them There was also human and animal interaction in this story than in the previous one, but it s interesting to read about Again, there are several religious metaphors present in this story too It was pleasurable reading and seeing all the symbolism We also get to see of the magical world of Narnia in this story so that is exciting I had fun with this story The Horse and His Boy 2 stars This story started of interesting, but I just wasn t so captivated by the 4 main characters The concept is good, but it just isn t appealing to me The desert scene felt eternal to me and unexciting I did not hate it, but I can t say I liked it It was ok Compared to how great the previous two were this wasn t on that level.
Prince Caspian 3 stars In this story we are introduced to Prince Caspian and I must say he was a well written character The backstory about him and finding out how he commences his journey is interesting I seem to enjoy the introductions of each story quite immensely, this one being one of my favorites The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 3 starsMy favorite part of this story was the involvement of the new character Eustace Even though he was portrayed negatively at first it was interesting viewing how he slowly changed The dragon scene was enjoyable to me I am not a big fan of all the other scenes, they weren t bad, but just not mind blowing The Silver Chair 2 starsThe beginning of the novel was fun, which is when Eustace and Jill embark on their new adventure They are sent on a mission and we read about their journey I found many parts dull This story didn t have much of an impact on me The Last Battle 2 starsThis story ends the series of The Chronicles of Narnia There were several parallels to heaven and at first these religious metaphors didn t bother me much in the previous strories, but I just didn t like how they were used here It felt like one part of the novel dealt with adventure while the other part dealt with religion god creation themes.
Journeys To The End Of The World, Fantastic Creatures, And Epic Battles Between Good And Evil What Could Any Reader Ask For In One Book The Book That Has It All Is The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, Written In By Clive Staples Lewis But Lewis Did Not Stop There Six books Followed, And Together They Became Known As The Chronicles of NarniaFor The Past Fifty Years, The Chronicles of Narnia Have Transcended The Fantasy Genre To Become Part Of The Canon Of Classic Literature Each Of The Seven books Is A Masterpiece, Drawing The Reader Into A Land Where Magic Meets Reality, And The Result Is A Fictional World Whose Scope Has Fascinated GenerationsThis Edition Presents All Seven books Unabridged In One Impressive Volume The books Are Presented Here In Chronlogical Order, Each Chapter Graced With An Illustration By The original Artist, Pauline Baynes Deceptively Simple And Direct, The Chronicles of Narnia Continue To Captivate Fans With Adventures, Characters, And Truths That Speak To Readers Of All Ages, Even Fifty Years After They Were First Published The Magician s Nephew is easily the best story of the Chronicles First of all, it s the least overtly religious There is a creation of the world element, but it s not our world so it seems fantastic than religious Not only is there a veil over the religiosity, there s so much creativity in this story the magical rings, the in between place, the Deplorable Word, the founding of Narnia.
Starting with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the religiosity becomes noticeable, with the Witch as Satan, Aslan as Jesus, and the Emperor as God And because of the talking, fighting animals, the fantasy seems aimed at children I might have enjoyed it at age 12.
The next story in the series, The Horse and His Boy, takes a dark, ethnocentric turn with its unfavorable depiction of the Arab like Calormen shoes turned up at the toe, scimitars, suffixed phrases of praise, son of lineage declarations In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we get a not quite positive summary of the Calormen they are a wise, wealthy, courteous, cruel and ancient people They bowed most politely to Caspian and paid him long complimentsbut of course what they wanted was the money they had paid Given that this book was published in 1954, it s possible to forgive the cultural insensitivity, but it s sad that children around the world still uncritically read such racist material The Voyage of the Dawn Treader demonstrates the problem with using God or Jesus in a story there are no real conflicts When the Dawn Treader stops at Dragon Island, the boy passenger Eustace wanders off, encounters a magical spell, and is turned into a dragon This raises all kinds of serious issues about how to keep Eustace the Dragon with them, but none of these problems matter because, within 24 hours, Aslan just changes Eustace back to a boy.
There was a similar deus ex machina the term being used most appropriately in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe To save Edmund s soul, Aslan sacrifices his life But it wasn t Aslan s only life, he had another one ready.
One thing I found especially creative about The Chronicles is how a story involving talking animals justifies eating animals.
I can t even begin to count how many times I ve read The Chronicles of Narnia The truly amazing thing about these books is that each time you read them, they magically become complex, meaningful and beautiful I first read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when I was about seven or eight years old and I did not get it at all Sure, I followed the story, but the deeper meaning was completely lost on me Someone later told me that it was a Christian story and when I read the book again as a young teenager, I picked up on that element of it In the many times I ve read the books as an adult, I ve come to find that the underlying meaning not just of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but of the other books as well becomes gradually clearer until you can t believe you didn t see it all along The books are like Narnia itself, unfolding like an onion, layer upon layer, Narnia upon Narnia, but each layer is bigger and better than the one above it In order of the events that unfold in the story but not in the order that the books were published , The Chronicles of Narnia include The Magician s Nephew the Narnian creation story Two children living in London are magically transported to other worlds and witness the dawn of Narnia The story incorporates such familiar elements as a Tree of Knowledge and the fall of man The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, four children living in England during World War II, stumble through a magic wardrobe and discover the land of Narnia, which has been ruled for hundreds of years by an evil White Witch who has cast a spell over the land so that it is always winter but never Christmas With the help of Aslan, the great Lion, they seek to free Narnia This is the most obvious Christian parable, as Aslan represents Jesus and the story parallels the Resurrection story The Horse and His Boy Takes place during the Golden Age of Narnia, although most of the events unfold elsewhere, in the southern lands of Calormen and Archenland Shasta, a Calormene fisherman s son, runs away when he hears his father negotiating to sell him into slavery Together with two talking horses and a noble Calormene girl running away from an arranged marriage, he tries to get to Narnia The book is a meditation on faith and the concept that God helps those who help themselves It s also my favorite of the seven books Prince Caspian Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia to help young Prince Caspian recapture the throne of Narnia from his evil uncle Miraz Not the most overtly religious of the stories The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Edmund, Lucy, and their obnoxious cousin Eustace, join Caspian, now King of Narnia, on a quest to find seven banished lords who had served his father It doesn t seem all that religious until the end of the book, which encourages people to seek God in their own lives The Silver Chair Eustace, whose personality has dramatically improved thanks to his time in Narnia, returns with his school friend Jill to search for Prince Rilian, Caspian s son who went missing ten Narnian years earlier The Last Battle Eustace and Jill return again to Narnia to assist King Tirian, the last King of Narnia, in his final stand The book is a parable of the End of Days, with chaos, confusion, war, unbelief and the worship of false gods Tirian, Eustace, Jill and their friends can only hope that Aslan returns to Narnia to deliver them.
Read them, then read them again and again and again You won t be sorry.