‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ (Book)


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They Open A Door And Enter A World

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is the second book of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis, although this was first book that he wrote in the series. This book is divided into 17 chapters.

This is a children’s book that I’ve read and known about ever since I was a kid. I’ve read the book more recently over the years due to seeing the TV and movie adaptations of this classic fantasy tale.

The story is set in 1940 during the Second World War, where the four children Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy stay with Professor Kirke at his country house. This is because of the air raids over London.

Eventually, Lucy discovers a wardrobe and enters inside to find the world of Narnia. Under an enchanted spell, he four children with Aslan’s help must defeat the White Witch and to save Narnia.

I recall seeing a cartoon version of this story before reading the actual book. Eventually I saw the BBC TV production of ‘LLW’ before seeing the movie of ‘LLW’ which has made me a Narnia fan since.

‘LLW’ is the most well-known and beloved chronicle in the Narnia series, as it was the first one that C.S. Lewis wrote. It’s a classic ‘good triumphs over evil’ tale in Narnia and has a Christmassy feel to it.

The story is also very good with its lead characters of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. The story is taken from their point of view as they drive the story forward with entering Narnia in the wardrobe.

The book’s title is obvious as the ‘Lion’ is Aslan, the ‘Witch’ is the White Witch and the ‘Wardrobe’ is the wardrobe that the four children enter into Narnia. This is a fantasy story of classical proportions.

C.S. Lewis spends time in each chapters focusing on specific journeys for the characters in the story. This certainly applies to Edmund when he deserts his siblings and makes for the Witch’s castle alone.

Chapter 9 would focus on Edmund’s story first; then Chapter 10 would take us back in time to Peter, Susan, Lucy and the Beavers, then Chapter 11 would take us back in time again to Edmund’s journey.

As I was reading this book, I could sometimes hear the voices, sounds and music of the TV and film adaptations of this story. This helped me to visualise ‘LLW’ as they perfectly indented in my memory.

A certain aspect of this story I’d like to point out in the book is the Battle for Narnia between Peter’s army and the White Witch’s. It’s briefly mentioned and referred to Chapters 16 and 17 of the story.

This is because we mostly see the later part of the story from Susan and Lucy’s point of view when with Aslan and they go to the Witch’s castle. Interesting C.S. Lewis doesn’t focus on the battle much.

‘LLW’ is also well-renowned for having Biblical links to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is depicted in the sacrifice of Aslan by the White Witch before he is brought back to life later on.

I enjoyed the development of the White Witch as she’s written in the story. She’s clearly seductive and pleasant to Edmund, before she reveals her true colours and becomes so evil by the conclusion.

I also like reading the characters of Mr. Tumnus and the Beavers in ‘LLW’ as they so endearing and friendly when our four heroes meet them. They’re as much a part of this story as the four children.

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is a beloved children’s story in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. It’s easily my favourite book out of the seven and has a classic good over evil story with its four children.

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ (Book) rating – 10/10

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