Children/Fantasy

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Written by: C.S. Lewis

Published by: HarperCollins Children's Books

Reviewed by Ismael Manzano

         

     In light of the upcoming movie, The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, I decided to reread an old classic of the same name.  As a kid I read through the entire series and was enthralled with every page of C.S. Lewisí epic tales.  As an adult, I found that Lewisí work held just as much sway over me now as it did back then, and I was grateful for the chance to return to Narnia once again. 

     The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, follows the adventures of four young children, Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan, who, due to the air-raid over London during the war (WWII Iím assuming), were sent to live with a Professor in the heart of the country.  The house was big and spacious and only the Professor and his staff lived there, and though the Professor was kind-hearted, he was also very busy and the children busied themselves exploring the mammoth house for fun.  It was in this way, while playing hide and seek, that young Lucy found her way into a large wardrobe in one of the many spare rooms in the house.  And it was in this way that young Lucy found the doorway into another world, and the adventure began.

     In Narnia, Lucy met a kindly Faun who told her of the evil White Witch that ruled the land with cruelty and magic.  The Witch kept the once beautiful land of Narnia in a state of perpetual winter, ĎAlways winter, but never Christmas,í said the Faun.

     Eventually, all four children find their way into Narnia and learn that the Faun that had befriended Lucy had been taken by the White Witch and was to be punished for helping Lucy.  They also learned that Aslan, the great Lion, the true King of Narnia was on the move and on his way back to thwart the White Witch.  Compelled by their good hearts and their sense of morality, the children agreed to help find and save the Faun and, learned of the prophecy of Narnia, a prophecy that stated that when two Sons of Adam and Two Daughters of Eve sit on the thrones of Cair Paravel, the evil that infected Narnia would be over at last. 

     But when of them betrays the others to the Witch, their lives and the future of Narina hangs by a thread and even Aslanís return may not be enough to stop save them.  The children encounter talking wolves, giants, Hags, Wraiths, Cruels, Efreets, Sprites, Orknies, Wooses, and Ettins, they deal with betrayal and loss, and Deep Magic, and they stand beside Aslan against the White Witch and her army to win back Narnia and claim the Thrones that were promised to them. 

     And just when it seems the story is done and the adventures have dried up, the story takes a twist and leaves a door open for more adventures, further down the line.

     Though The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a childrenís book and written accordingly, the prose remains engaging and fluid and was a treat to read even at my age, even after all these years.  The story was simple and the plot uncomplicatedóthe basic, good versus evilóbut it still managed to hold my attention and even keep me turning page after page until I was at the end and craving more.  Luckily I have the six other books to read to satisfy my hunger. 

     This book is a timeless classic in every sense, geared toward children, but fun for all ages of readers, dreamers and wish-makers.  I recommend The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe to absolutely everyone.  Itís one to share with your children, your siblings, your nieces and nephews.  Share it with another who hasnít already read it, if only to have an excuse to revisit Narnia and stay inside its magical boundaries for just a little while longer

 


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