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4.83 out of 5
ISBN/ASIN : 0007100248
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Release data : 02 October, 2000
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Great series, but the ending didn't work
I know that people are wondering how I could give only three stars (actually it would be closer to 3.5 if I were allowed), and if I were reviewing the separate books, five of the books would receive 5 stars each. It's the remaining two books that bring my rating down.
Let me point out that to anyone who hasn't read the series before, I suggest reading them in the following order: 2-3-4-5-6-1-7. I had not read the books before, and after reading some of the reviews here at Amazon, I debated long and hard if I should begin with #1 (The Magician's Nephew), or #2 (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). I opted for #1, but I realized how much more I would have enjoyed the rest had I started with #2 instead.
I loved #2 through #6. Each was a complete and separate story, building tension, and concluding satisfactorily. The tension was not as great as it could have been, but after all, he did write these stories for children. I loved the characters, both the humans an! ! d others. I loved the landscapes and visual scenery.
My problems with the series were with books #1 and #7. The Magician's Nephew seems to have been written specifically as a precursor to explain #7, and The Last Battle was too religious for my own personal taste. I know that Mr. Lewis was a deeply religious man, and in fact, those readers who wish to introduce their children to Christianity may want to consider the series as a topic of discussion (especially #1 and #7). However, this detracted from the pleasure I got from the rest of the series, and that is why I can only recommend five of the seven books.
Just as great coming to them late
The Chronicles of Narnia are just as great to read if you come to them as a mature adult as when you first read them as a child. I thought I'd missed out on Narnia when I first learned of these books in my 20's, and thought I was too old to read them. Waiting until my 40's when my children are in elementary school has given me a different perspective on these tales. (I'd read most everything else of CS Lewis' published work before coming to these "children's" tales.) We read the Narnia stories two chapters at a time before bedtime, and they're GREAT! The kids are enraptured by the magic and the adventure. I find myself in tears from the allegories of Christ (and my children are puzzled). My 7 1/2 year old son is discovering parts of the theological link on his own, as I hint to him that there is a subtext for him to figure out. The creation scene in "The Magician's Nephew" helped him to get some of it, but he didn't get the Easter connection to Aslan's actions in The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. This is possibly because we read them in the new publisher's order rather than CS Lewis' original order. That alone is an argument to return to the original publishing order.
Clives Staples Lewis has created a mythical world which absolutely captures the human mind. The Chronicles of Narnia contain exciting plots, which all converge upon each other at the finally of the series: The Last Battle. Through out the books weaves the morals and beliefs of Christianity. These books do a wonder job of telling the story of the Bible, from the instantaneous creation of the world to the death of Aslan (Jesus). The way God cares about every one and desires us to enjoy life through Him, to the last battle and final days at the end of the world (of course Lewis did not know what was going to happen, yet it is still an interesting idea). In one of the best written books of all time, the land of Narnia comes alive with lovable and evil characters. The battle between good and evil is made abruptly apparent in this book as a small country goes through its history fighting for what is right. Light and darkness collide in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as four kids explore the land which they will rule. For a time it appears as though the evil side emerges victorious; but it is found that the White Witch as not the ability to peer far enough back into the depths time. This book it one of the most important of the set, because contained in it is the most important message of all time. My father used to read the Chronicles of Narnia to me when I was younger, now I read them on my own. When he did this he stressed, Christianity is having the relationship with God, like the youths had with Aslan. I think these are very well written books and I would encourage any one to read. I uphold C.S. Lewis as a great writer of the centuries and I praise his books (all of them) as magnificant.