The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
(The Chronicles of Narnia)

80%

13 Critic Reviews

Although metaphysical rumblings may disturb adults, this wily symbolism-studded fantasy should appeal to children of an imaginative turn...The plot thickens to a pretty heavy pudding at the end, but the prose is witty and the novel action is fast-moving.
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Synopsis

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy find their way through an old wardrobe into the world of Narnia. There, they unite with Aslan to fight the White Witch and save Narnia from perpetual Darkness.
 

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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.
 
Published October 29, 2008 by HarperCollins. 220 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Business & Economics, History, Travel, Arts & Photography. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 09 2012

Although metaphysical rumblings may disturb adults, this wily symbolism-studded fantasy should appeal to children of an imaginative turn...The plot thickens to a pretty heavy pudding at the end, but the prose is witty and the novel action is fast-moving.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by mariakozhuhar on Apr 13 2014

I read it in just a couple of days because I could hardly bear the idea of putting it down. I would rate it 5 stars 100%. Incredibly inspiring book...Taking all things in consideration, I advise every person no matter of age to read this book, because it truly makes you feel lost in a world of magic!

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Guardian

Above average
on Sep 29 2004

Everything in the series is memorable, telling or exciting, particularly when you consider the unimprovable illustrations by Pauline Baynes (later editions have front covers which are better suited to heavy-metal albums).

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Justine Jordan on Dec 10 2010

Narnia remains a pagan, pantheistic realm of centaurs and giants, unicorns and satyrs, talking animals and living trees, Bacchus and Father Christmas. Its most pure expression is the overflowing of pan-species joy as the statues enchanted in the Witch's palace come back to life...

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Josef Hernandez on Sep 24 2013

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is a great short novel to read once more for your own pleasure or to introduce a new generation to the wonders of Narnia and a love of reading.

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Tor

Above average
Reviewed by Mari Ness on Jan 20 2011

...this is a highly magical, wondrous work, filled with humor, good food, and a sense of fun, with the nice conceit that time moves at different rates in magical worlds, and vibrant characters sketched with just a few quick sentences...It’s a fast read, quite good either for those cold winter nights...

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Common Sense Media

Good
Reviewed by Mark Nichol on Jul 27 2015

Written a half-century ago, this novel, occurring in an imaginary realm visited by children, is full of storyteller's asides and precious English children, and features an odd mix of childish adventure and bloody battles...Young children who are read this story may enjoy the fairy-tale aspects...

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KidsReads

Above average
on Sep 01 1997

C.S. Lewis gallops through a swirl of human emotions (greed, fear, regret and bravery, to mention only a few) for a robust adventure you won't soon forget.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Aug 08 2015

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, is a brilliant, mind blowing novel written by C.S. Lewis. In this novel, I liked the unpredictable fact that four children, straight out of the war in London, would end up in the magical land of Narnia.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Alaisdair Dewar on Aug 03 2015

Lewis has an outstanding ability to be able to write just enough to give the reader a description of the setting, scene and characters and leave the rest to your imagination. This is a technique that is hard to master and he always manages to pull it off seamlessly.

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SF Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by T. M. Wagner on May 03 2005

Lewis's storytelling here is that of a master; he handles the journey from house to wardrobe to magical world in such a natural and off-the-cuff fashion...that it's ten times more effective dramatically than had he made a great fanfare of it.

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Reading World

Above average
Reviewed by Susan on Sep 04 2013

There is no nuance or complexity to worry about, so it’s a nice introduction to fantasy adventure for young children...I think it works best as an adventure story to read with quite young children, who will simply be thrilled to see good triumph over bad.

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Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi on Mar 02 2014

Reading this adventure again, I remembered how much I and my classmates loved it when we were in primary school...I hope these books are still being read to children. Their moral teachings, beautiful use of language and most importantly, non-condescending narrative style ensure they hold-up and help develop a love of reading and imagination.

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