‘THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW’
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The Adventure Begins
I’ve read all seven books of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’!
After seeing ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ movie at the cinemas in 2005, I received the box set of all seven books of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series from my parents that Christmas. I was pleased, as I was in Narnia mode and I couldn’t have asked for a nicer present.
I made it my aim to read all the seven books of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis from the start of 2006 on New Year’s Day in January. This I achieved and finished with reading ‘The Last Battle’ in April of that year. I hoped that I would read ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ every year from that time on.
Sadly I didn’t achieve that ambition as I read the books every year until 2008. But I’m glad that I’ve read all seven books, as I’m a Narnia fan and know the stories inside out. Not all seven books have been made into movies or TV adaptations as I hoped, but these are still treasured children’s books.
The seven books are as follows. There’s ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘The Horse and His Boy’, ‘Prince Caspian’, ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’, ‘The Silver Chair’ and ‘The Last Battle’. Not all books were written in the same order as chronicled by C.S. Lewis.
‘The Magician’s Nephew’ is the first book of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis, although it was sixth book that he wrote in the series. This book is divided into 15 chapters and how Narnia begins.
I enjoyed reading ‘The Magician’s Nephew’, as this is the story where things are set up in ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. It is interesting how C.S. Lewis goes back to the beginnings of Narnia.
The story is set in the 1900 and is about a boy named Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plumber. They both stumble into his Uncle Andrew’s study and very soon are sent out of this world by magic rings.
They find themselves in a dying world and wake up an evil empress named Jadis. They accidentally take her back to their world, before taking her with them to where the world of Narnia is to be born.
I recall seeing a stage production of ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ once when I was young, although I have vague memories of it. It wasn’t till I read the book that I was able to grasp what the story was.
This story features the first appearance of Digory Kirke in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. Digory is actually the Professor that the Pevensie children meet in ‘LLW’ when they were staying at his house.
It was interesting to see Digory as a boy before he became the Professor in ‘LLW’ and how he and Polly discovered Narnia. It does explain how the Professor behaved the way he did later on in ‘LLW’.
Digory is of course the titular ‘magician’s nephew’ since his Uncle Andrew is the magician. But Uncle Andrew is not a very nice person in the story since he’s selfish and gives Polly one of his magic rings.
I like how C.S. Lewis sets it up with Digory and Polly discovering Narnia when they’re using magic rings given by Uncle Andrew. They have to use yellow and green rings to get into and out of a wood.
The wood itself is the Wood between the Worlds. I found this interesting with a place in the shape of a wood containing pools of water that lead into other worlds and that it’s outside of our own world.
One of the worlds that Digory and Polly visit is the world of Charn. This is where they find the Witch called Jadis and wake up. Jadis is of course the one who becomes the White Witch in ‘LLW’ later on.
I enjoyed how the White Witch makes her first appearance in the Narnia series. It was interesting that she came from a dying world and causes trouble when she’s in our world and as Narnia begins.
The highpoint of ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ is of course the actual creation of Narnia itself. I like it that it is Aslan the Lion who creates Narnia by singing a song and that he makes all the animals talk.
‘The Magician’s Nephew’ has Biblical proportions in the story, especially with the theme of creation from the first book of Genesis. There’s also the theme of temptation with the apples that can heal.
I also liked it when Aslan chooses the first King and Queen to rule Narnia. These are two humans named King Frank and Queen Helen who come from Digory’s world and they join on this adventure.
And I mustn’t forget Strawberry the Horse, who becomes a talking horse and eventually a flying talking horse named Fledge by Aslan. I liked it when Digory and Polly get to ride on Fledge in the tale.
‘The Magician’s Nephew’ is a great beginning to ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ series. It was good to read how everything starts in Narnia and how C.S. Lewis sets up ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.
‘The Magician’s Nephew’ (Book) rating – 9/10
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