The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
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The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #6)

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When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory's peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew's magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter man

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Paperback, 221 pages
Published May 4th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1955)
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Keely
Suffers from the same problems as Lewis' other books, both his children's fantasy and his pokes at theology: Lewis' worldview is not sophisticated, and his sense of psychology has a large blind spot. However, it's not his faith that is the problem--it certainly wasn't a problem for Donne or Milton.

Lewis is simply unable to put himself in another's shoes, which is very problematic for a writer or a theologian. He cannot understand the reasons or motivations for why someone would do something he c...more
Manny
My autistic-spectrum son Jonathan is fascinated by the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He wants to know what her motivation is. "Why is she always so angry?" he asks. "Why does she hate Aslan? Who is she like?" These are good questions. I have suggested that he should read The Magician's Nephew, but Jonathan only reads the books he wants to read and ignores recommendations. A pity, I would like to discuss it with him.

The White Witch is the best character in the series, and i...more
Eyebright
Mar 04, 2014 Eyebright rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: 2008-books, classics
Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.

Personally, I like this book just as well as any others in the series. I love to see how everything got started, the lamp post, the wardrobe, the White Witch. Not to mention the beautiful allegory of Creation. The Magician's Nephew also has good morals...more
Deborah
Feb 29, 2008 Deborah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone - of all ages
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
AnnaMarie
I thought this book was so beautiful.

Favorite quotes/parts:
"He put on a very high, shiny, stiff collar of the sort that made you hold your chin up all the time. He put on a white waistcoat with a pattern on it and arranged his watch chain across the front . . . He took his eye-glass, with the thick black ribbon, and screwed it into his eye; then he looked at himself in the mirror.
Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind. At this moment Uncle Andrew was b...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 10, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Filipinos group
Shelves: childrens, series
I really liked how C. S. Lewis imagined how those things that he earlier introduced in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe came into existence: the kingdom of Narnia, the professor, the witch, the wardrobe and the lamp-post. Wiki says that Lewis wrote this right after publishing that first book (in order of publication) but it took him 6 years to finish it. That's probably the reason why this became Book 6 (again in order of publication).

I am glad that I've read this as my third book and not th...more
jzhunagev
The Creation of Narnia
(A Book Review of The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis)


For readers who have started their journey in the magical land of Narnia by means of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (and subsequent books in the series following the original order by publication), one can’t help but wonder how had this fantastical realm ruled by a majestic lion and inhabited by talking animals, fauns, dryads and naiads, along with equally ghastly creatures, came to be.

Previous instalments would...more
Micheline
Well isn't this a pleasant surprise! I should explain:I have been struggling for quite awhile with this series. Having not gone to an English speaking school, I never read The Chronicles of Narnia growing up. I have to admit I discovered the film versions first. Then,I attempted to read it right after 'The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe' came out, but at that time, I had a hard time with C.S.Lewis' style. He tends to constantly insert the author’s voice, and I found it broke the fantasy bubb...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Pure enchantment. It's nice when you get old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

This is a prequel, meant to be read before the others in the series, but I had never read it. Now I know why there is a lamppost in Narnia, and why the wardrobe is the way to reach Narnia, and how Jadis the Witch ended up there accidentally, and all manner of other important stuff. I have to admit I got a little sniffly at the end there when the origin of the wardrobe was explained.

I thought the dialogue in t...more
Elliot
C.S. Lewis doesn't care about people.

People do care about C.S. Lewis, so it hurts, I promise, that I am hating The Chronicles of Narnia so much. Virtually everything in both The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the two I've read so far, is empty. Lewis's characters have no motivations, only absolute, causeless attributes. Why does Jadis cause so much destruction? No reason, outside of her innate evil-ness. Why does Aslan inspire so much wonder, and why is he the param...more
Cary
Honestly, I thought I would find this book boring and uninteresting unlike the first book of the series. I have to stop at the end of first chapter because I find the story very slow and flat so I decided to try the Lion, the Witch and the Wizard first, and have a glimpse of Narnia through the adventures of the Pevensie siblings. I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the movie that I decided to go back to the first book of the series and see the creation of Narnia.

My second attempt to read th...more
Wendell Adams
“The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis is one of those books I read just because. Because I’d read “The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe” when I was a kid. Because I always wondered what exactly Narnia was. Because I’d watched all the Narnia movies with my kids. Because it was sitting on my son’s shelf collecting dust and it had a number one written on it: i.e. first book of the series. So because of all those reasons, I wiped the dust off of it and read it.

This book isn’t about anyone I was fam...more
midnightfaerie
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion. What a wonderful series! What child hasn’t climbed into a closet and explored the back cracks in hope of finding an entrance to a new and exciting world after reading this book? I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft...more
Nikki
The Narnia books have always been some of my favourites. There's always been a magic in it for me, even now I'm twenty -- I never got to the age where I was too old for fairytales. That, or I passed through it so quickly I'm already out the other side.

I know that for a lot of people, the magic is spoiled when they find out that Aslan is really Jesus, that this first book is an allegory for Genesis, that the whole thing is full of Christian themes. I nearly always knew, though, and figured it out...more
Tina
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How many times have I tried reading this book and stopped? Twice, thrice? I can't remember. But I am kind of glad my reading ADD got me to push this book deeper down my TBR until I decided to do the right thing and read The Chronicles of Narnia in publication order.

But if you noticed, I didn't really read them one after the other. They say Narnia books are best read at a specific time of the year, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe being best read during Christma...more
Scott
As I've said elsewhere, I'm in the midst of a Lewis kick. Most of the other works being classic non-fiction while also hopping back into the Narnia series for good measure.

In the dedication to Lucy Barfield at the beginning of The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, Lewis writes that one day she will be "old enough to start reading fairy tales again" and this is indelibly true for myself as well. Anyone who knows me knows that I've historically had a hard time getting into certain fiction, but...more
Lauren P
Apr 01, 2008 Lauren P rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: April Goodreads Review
This was one of the most amazing books I read. Digory and his mother move to London because Digory's mother is sick. They are staying with Digory's Aunt and Uncle. Everyone thinks Digory's uncle is crazy, and they are right. The adventure begins when Digory and his neighbor, Polly, go exploring in Polly's house. They find a secret passage and find it leads to Digory's uncle's room. Uncle Andrew tricks Polly and digory into putting on magic yellow rings, which takes them to an in between place th...more
Scott
I'm not sure why I avoided this as a child. I decided to finally read the Narnia series as a whole (having only read the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and found that it really isn't what I remember of it. Having said that, my last attempt (close to 10 years ago) only saw me getting to chapter 4, so my younger self always thought of it as 'a book that I just didn't like'.

The Magician's Nephew is the first book in the Narnia series and acts very much as a creation story for Narnia, in which a...more
John Yelverton
Very weird prequel for the book series. A definite allegory for the "Genesis story", but it felt very forced and not up to the author's usual standards of excellence.
Ferdy
Really DULL - the writing, the story, the main characters were all utterly boring. It was a struggle to get through so short a book - I honestly thought it would never end.

The protagonists, Polly and Digory, had very little personality — they've got to be two of the blandest characters I've ever read. Them talking like adults instead of like kids didn't help matters… Maybe all kids back in the day sounded like that? Their adventures and discoveries in other worlds should have been at least somew...more
Beth
This is sort of a “prequel” to the most famous Narnia book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (now a major motion picture!). I read that book last December and was pleased to discover that it was: a) much shorter than Tolkein’s acclaimed fantasy books (which I do not care for) and b) much less difficult to read than C.S. Lewis’s other books (Mere Christianity, for one … okay, fine, that’s the only other Lewis book I’ve actually completed! :-P) And, of course, I loved the symbolism in the stor...more
Brian
This was one of the first books I can clearly remember reading as a child and since then I've read it any number of times for my own pleasure and that of my children. Recently, I thought I'd revisit it and I wasn't disappointed. Everyone knows the story so I won't rehash it here but what struck me at this reading was the humour which, as in the best children's books is so often based around the absurdity of adult behaviour. Like the passage in The Magician's Nephew when Digory and Polly return f...more
Nikki
Mmm, nostalgia trip. I've finished my essays, so this is what I turn to. Very quick read, now, actually. Even though I'm less enthused about the Christian allegory stuff now -- particularly after writing a whole essay on the Christian elements in Tolkien's work, which are more subtle and done with more of a sense of wonder, to my mind -- it's like the mental equivalent of a warm bath or something. It's just... cosy.

The allegory and moralising is so very blatant that I can understand why it turns...more
Devlin Scott
I've wanted to read this series since I was a child but I never got around to it. I decided now's a very good time. It took a bit of internet searching to locate the author's chronological listing for the series (I should have checked my GR friends first. It would have saved me some time.) ;)

Here's the reading list in chronological order:

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
The Last Battle

I'm ver...more
mark monday
my first bookmobile book. I remember the horrible old man in the bookmobile looked at my library card and asked me "Is that a Pollack name?" and I just looked at him because I didn't know what that even was. later I read the book and developed a long-lasting crush on the villainess. poor villainess, all she wanted to do was rule all of time and space and envelop everything in endless winter. a laudable goal!
Perry Whitford
The Narnia books were very visible around me as a child, yet I do not recall ever actually reading one of them. I went to a Catholic school, my mother is a devout Christian, so you can see why these novels were positively discriminated towards by the adults responsible for my education. Of course I didn't recognize them then as the thinly veiled Christian allegory they most certainly are, and I loved the illustrated covers to the Puffin republications from the 1970s - bright and beguiling, yet c...more
Alexandra Bello
Quería leer los libros de "Las Crónicas de Narnia" desde hace tanto, y por fin me digne a comenzarlos.

En el primer libro de Narnia, se ve el nacimiento de dicho lugar. Al principio el libro me aburría y no entendía nada, absolutamente nada, me decía "pero ¿qué tiene que ver el tío y el sobrino y la niña y el bosque ese? por Dios", en serio, no entendía nada, hasta que por fin apareció el León, y aprendí a comprender todo, en esta libro se ve cómo nació Narnia, quién la creo, como era antes de to...more
Erin (Paperback Stash)
3.5 stars

A twist of the garden of Eden.

Finished it over a week ago but with the holidays haven't had time to write a review.

This story is the favorite of many. While I appreciate it's charm and originality, it holds a fairy tale quality like no other of the narnia novels, it didn't wow me as much as its predecessors. I can see why reading this fifth makes sense in the order of writing and publication. I cared more about the prequel because I had already experienced the magic of the world. Coming...more
Madeline
A British kid named Digory and his friend Polly get sent into another world by Digory's jackass magician uncle through the use of magic rings. They find themselves in a wood where leaping into one of the many pools of water will take you into a different world. Magical hijinks ensue, and we get to read about the history of the White Witch and see the creation of Narnia. I don't know if I'm the only one who thought this, but I especially liked the part that explained how the lamp post got there....more
Joel
I am very glad I read this, because it was very different to most other books I have read, it still had a lot of flaws though. 3 stars may be a little generous, but generous is my middle nameeee.
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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. 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 th...more
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