Thursday, February 11, 2010

Amaranthine Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

"They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed," whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it's the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins."

They opened a door and entered a world—--Narnia--—the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.
 [from Goodreads]
Rating: 5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Children of all ages who love adventure and magic and the thought of doing what they never thought possible
High point: The well-developed characters and their thoughts and relationships
Low point: Edmund
Reader maturity:  7+
Favorite quotes:  " 'Safe?' said Mr. Beaver...'Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. but he's good. He's the King, I tell you.'"  
"When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic childhood tale filled with magic and extraordinary happenings. An allegory of good evil, like many other C. S. Lewis novels, it teaches about honesty and loyalty, while never sounding preachy or losing the reader's interest.

Lucy Pevensie, the youngest of four children sent out of London to escape the WWII bombs, discovers a magical world in a wardrobe. She meets strange woodland creatures and, after convincing her siblings to join her, fights to free Narnia from its wicked queen. Lucy is mature for her age, but not so much that she seems more adult than child; she retains her innocence and a childlike acceptance of each changing situation. She is filled with love and forgiveness and a healthy sense of youthful indignance when wronged.

The eldest two Pevensie children are Peter and Susan. Peter is a courageous and protective older brother with a special bond towards Lucy. Susan is a bit stodgy for her age but learns to believe. Edmund is what I consider the low point of this novel, not because the character is poorly devised, but because he is supposed to be weak and cowed, I find him annoying, as I am likely supposed to. 

The book is supremely well written. Though simple enough for younger readers, it is still an enjoyable read for older ones as well, even those who did not fall in love with it or the rest of the series as children. The tale is well told, and the descriptions enliven the story, drawing the reader in with detail and then allowing the imagination to run wild. I have read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe time and time again, and intend to continue doing so in the future.

Title:  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Author:  C. S. Lewis
Genre:  Fantasy, Children's Fiction and Literature
Year:  1950
Book Source:  Purchased

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I agree, it's a book for children of all ages! :)