The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

April 30, 2016

the lion, the witch and the wardrobe elitereI’m almost sure that many of you love C. S. Lewis’ fantasy book series The Chronicles of Narnia, so I wanted to surprise you with my review for the second book: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I don’t own a copy of the book, but I found an audiobook on YouTube, which came in handy for me, because I wasn’t sure if I should buy it or not. I haven’t read the rest of the books, but you can write in the comment section why you love this series or which book is your favourite.

As you already know, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fairytale, a fantasy book which revolves around the lives of four siblings (Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie) who are sent to the countryside to escape the Blitz. While they explore the old house of Professor Digory Kirke, the children find an empty room where the only item of furniture is a wardrobe, which is actually a secret passage to the enchanted land named Narnia. It’s always winter there, but Christmas never comes. Gradually, each of the four siblings enters into this fairy-like world, where they encounter Tumnus the faun, Jadis the White Witch or the self-proclaimed Queen of Narnia, Mr and Mrs Beaver, Aslan the Lion or the true King of Narnia, and other magical and mythical creatures.

The kids initially go on a mission to save Tumnus from the witch’s castle, but when some old prophecies need to be fulfilled and spells to be broken, the siblings undergo adventures they have never dreamt of. I also want to add that there are very obvious religious symbols in this fantasy novel, but I won’t get into that. If you are interested in this topic, please check out Raluca’s article posted in two parts about J. R. R. Tolkien’s literary masterpiece Lord of the Rings.

Though I loved the movie and watched it a few times before actually reading the novel, I also enjoyed most of the book for the depiction of Narnia, its characters, but also for the beautiful writing and plotline. Until next time!

by Alina Andreea Cătărău

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2 Responses to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

  1. Elena Atudosiei on April 30, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I’ll be honest, my dear, I don’t think you liked the book very much. However, it does make me want to read it again. I haven’t opened it in years and I’d need to look over it one more time before writing about the story. Persoanlly, I think it’s better to read “The Lion…” right after “The Magician’s Nephew” and see how everything is connected.

    • Alina Andreea Catarau on April 30, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I enjoyed the audiobook, but I didn’t want to give away too much and the fact that I watched the movie first, it kind of influenced my opinion about the book. Thank you for the recommandation, I know that you liked “The Magician’s Nephew” more, so that would be something interesting to check out.

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