The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) by C.S. Lewis is a magical and imaginative piece of literature. It is the first book in the Narnia Chronicles of which there is seven books.
It follows the story of four children Lucy, Susan, Edward and Peter who find a remarkable wardrobe in a professor’s house which leads them into a new magical fantasy world called Narnia. Lucy comes across the wardrobe of adventure and while at first she is disbelieved, soon the other three children realise the truth that lies behind the wardrobe. Together the four embark on the adventure of a lifetime meeting the Great Lion Aslan along the way. On a side note there’s a band from Ireland called Aslan so I always grin at the Great Lion’s name.
The writing in this book is brilliant. Very slick and well pieced together. There is excellent attention to detail allowing the reader to visualise all these magical places. In addition to that the plot is well-crafted, there’s plenty of action and great dialogue. The characters all interact well with each other and help move the plot along in a great, adventurous and exciting flow.
There is however elements of sexism in this book which I’d find concerning in any book but especially in a childrens’ book as much of what children learn at a young age because we’re all impressionable at that age can be took as the right way to feel so I think that is dangerous. But I think if parents and guardians are responsible in their reading of this book and point out the wrong in certain parts then in an ironic way it can become a useful learning tool about the world. It was written many years ago and times were different but I don’t think that’s an excuse. Though it’s questionable whether C.S. would have written the book with these controversial pieces if this book was written in our time.
A great read. Very creative.
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