I finished reading last night. Once again there were certain plot points that you could guess before the truth of the situation was revealed. Again I’m going to have to leave off there because I’ve got to get ready for work.iwill say that I also really enjoyed this book.so it may turn out that the only book that I really didn’t like was Prince Caspian. 18 months ago
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I finished The Silver Chair last week. Another enjoyable book. Sometimes the Christian metaphors are just a little too ‘in your face’ for me. There are also some plot points that were very obvious to me. Granted, these books were written for children. Perhaps Lewis thought they would find the twists more… twisty? On the other hand, I think that children are much smarter than most adults give them credit for.
Maybe that’s another point in Lewis always having children go back to Narnia. They get too old and they can’t go back. That is something I’m really starting to enjoy. I love how (after Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe), the children “phased” in and out. (And that’s not phase in the Twilight sense!”). For the Pevensie children, they had two adventures with all four of them. Then the oldest two didn’t go back for the third adventure. The youngest two went with their cousin Eustace.
In the fourth adventure, Eustace came back with a girl from his school. And in their fifth adventure, those two came back again. (Although I may have read a few spoilers and I think that at least Peter comes back in the last book.)
There are times in these adventures when I get a little bored, or start skimming to get to the “good” parts or to the resolution of the exciting part that I’m in the middle of. That skipping ahead is a bad habit of mine. Overall I have been enjoying their adventures. I’m actually looking forward to reading these with any kids I have! :) 18 months ago
Just fininshed this one up yesterday, and I think that it is my favorite book so far! I really enjoyed the adventures and the development of Eustace. More later, but now I need to go to work.
finally editing for the ‘more’ bit
So yes- I certainly liked this journey much better than the first adventure with Prince Caspian. I also liked how Aslan seemed to come in and out less. He wasn’t so much a main player in this book. More of a supporting role. Much more so than in the other books so far.
And like I said, I also enjoyed Eustace’s journey from twat to good guy. :) 18 months ago
I have also read The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian. I liked THAHB more than PC. The movie for Prince Caspian kind of follows the general idea of the book, but I think my preconceived notions from the movie colored my opinion of the book.
After I finished up prince Caspian, I was pretty burned out over reading the stories,so I started catching up on other reading. I’m on my fourth book now. After this one, I think it’s back to Narnia with me. I have three more stories to read. 19 months ago
I finished reading LWW sometime last week. It is the one story that I know the best out of all of them. Even though I’ve read the Magicians Nephew and LWW the same amount of times, I’ve seen the animated and live action films of LWW several times each. Both of the movies follow the book very closely. Almost to a T.
In MN you had the Christian themes of creation being called into existence (although it was done in one day instead of seven, so could really be linked to kore than just the Christian version of creation) and the temptation of the fruit in the garden. Although that ends better for Diggory than it did for Adam.
In LWW you have again the strong connection of Aslan as G-d (or other entity), and then the sacrifice theme.
I really enjoy CS Lewis’s style of writing. It’s very easy to read. You can hear the story telling as you read. On to The Horse and His Boy. 21 months ago
Next week I have a whole long week off from work! A little staycation is just what I need! Weather pending, I will be outside on my back patio every morning reading in the sunshine. Hours and hours of reading should allow ever a slow reader like me to make some progress! 21 months ago
I finished reading The Magician’s Nephew about two weeks ago. I absolutely adore that book. I’ve only read the first two books in the series, but between TMN and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, TMN is my favorite. I love the chapters about calling Narnia into existence. When I get home tonight, I might copy over some of my favorite passages.
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“In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to com from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it…
...Then two wonders happened at the same moment. One was that the voice was suddenly joined by the other voices; more voices that you could possibly count. They were in harmony with it, but far higher up the scale: cold, tingling, silvery voices. The second wonder was that the blackness overhear, all at once, was blazing with stars. They didn’t come out gently one by one, as they do on a summer evening. One moment there had been nothing but darkness; next moment a thousand, thousand points of light leapt out—single stars, constellations, and planets, brighter and bugger than any in our world…
...If you had seen and heard it, as Digory did, you would have felt quite certain that it was the stars themselves which were singing, and that it was the First Voice, the deep one, which had made them appear and made them sing.”
C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew
It really captures the scope of the founding of Narnia, don’t you think? 22 months ago
Earlier this week, I started reading The Chronicles of Narnia. For Christmas two years ago, my brother bought me one book that has all of the smaller books in one. It’s a nicer version than the one that I previously had. This ones hard cover, the page edges have gold leafing, and there is a connected ribbon that hangs down from the spine to mark my place.
So far I am a few chapters into the first book: “The Magician’s Nephew.” This is one of the books that I’ve read before. I am enjoying it again. 23 months ago