Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis

Posted March 12, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, Back to the Classics Book Challenge 2015, Banned Books Challenge 2015, Historical Fiction Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia,
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Limited on 2005
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Siblings, Young Adult
Pages: 188
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9780007206100
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & Noble

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

“Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Good…:

All of the characters feel so real when you read the book. Edmund is just as annoying as the first time I read this book, but that makes his evolution so rewarding. Lucy is still adorable. Peter is still forthright and brave. Susan is… ok, she’s just meh! The other important characters are also memorable. Aslan, the White Witch, Mr. Tumnus, and others help to bring the story alive.

C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s novel, written as a biblical allegory, is just as enchanting today as it was 65 years ago. The world Lewis created still manages to make me want to travel through the wardrobe to Narnia, meet all sorts of talking creatures, and face off against the White Witch. Not to mention, how cool would it be to actually stroke Aslan’s mane? Set during World War II, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe can be enjoyed secularly as well as for religious reasons, as readers can compare Aslan to the Allied Forces, and the White Witch to the Axis Forces. No matter how you view the novel, the theme of “Good conquers over evil” persists.

The Bad…:

The old-fashioned thinking of the novel that women shouldn’t bare arms may not resonate with today’s audience. Especially in light of the recent success of novels/films featuring strong heroines like The Hunger Games and Divergent. 

Do I Recommend?

Yes. The novel was banned in the 1990’s because of the violence and magic, so if you have an aversion to books featuring these things, you should probably give this one a pass. However, I love this book, and believe everyone should read it at lest once in their life. Even though it has many biblical references, the novel can be enjoyed for itself, without looking closely at the religious imagery. If you decide to read this book, you may also want to check out the other six books in the series. As for me, the first four books were the best. Still I’m only giving it 3 out of 5 stars, because people of different beliefs and faiths aren’t represented in the story, and may feel excluded.

About C. S. Lewis

CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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