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

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This delightful book is a celebration of the first edition, with original beautiful artworks, a real treasure for any Narnia fan! When Digory and Polly discover Uncle Andrew's secret workshop, they are tricked into touching some magic rings that take them right out of this world. But even Uncle Andrew doesn't realise the wonders that lie ahead as they discover the gateway ...more
Hardcover, 183 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Harper Collins (first published January 1st 1955)
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TWW The original order of the serie is: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of…moreThe original order of the serie is: 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.

That means, that you should read "The Magicans Nephew" first.

(I, myself, read in this order...)(less)
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J.G. 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
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
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
I really enjoyed reading this one. Fun and fast read, and I also loved reading about how it all started. And even though I noticed a lot of connections with Christianity, I didn't pay a lot of attention to it. I just enjoyed the story in general.

I think this is probably my favorite, right after Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.
Feb 29, 2008 Deborah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone - of all ages
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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
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
Um dos meus objetivos para 2015 era ler "As Crónicas de Nárnia" e comecei o ano logo super entusiasmada para o fazer, especialmente porque a Cata (Páginas Encadernadas), a Jojo (Os Devaneios da Jojo) e a Mary (Mary Red Hair) me estão a acompanhar!

Sempre adorei todos as adaptações destas histórias para cinema e estava bem curiosa para saber como seriam as originais.

Decidimos ler por ordem cronológica, por isso a primeira história foi "O Sobrinho do Mágico". Surpreendi-me desde logo pela escrita d
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 woul
หยิบขึนมาอานดวยความรูสึกทีวาตองเบือ ตองงวงๆแน เพราะนีเปนวรรณกรรมคลาสสิคทีแฝงไปดวยคำสอนทางศาสนามากมาย แตทีไหนได...แคหนาแรกกดูดเรากลับไปยังวันวานเกาๆทีคุณยายนังอานหนังสือนิทานใหฟังในวันทีฝนตกปรอยๆ(ความรูสึกเรามันเปนแบบนันจริงๆนะ) เราชอบเสียงในการเลาเรืองของลูอิสมากๆ มันคลาสสิค มันชัดเจน มันทำใหเราคลายๆวามองทังองครวมของเรืองผานมุมกลองทีคอยๆแพนแลวขยายใหญขึนเรือยๆ เราวามันเจงนะ...เพราะไมคิดวาแคตัวอักษรมาเรียงๆกันจะทำใหเรารูสึกไดมากมายขนาดนี

The Magician's Nephew แฝงไปดวยคำสอนทางศาสนาคริสต ทีเราวามันชั
Micheline (Lunar Rainbows Reviews)
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
Xime García


Fue una relectura preciosa. No puedo creer que hace ocho años este libro no me gustaba, incluso no logré terminarlo. ¿Cómo es que no pude gustar de esta historia? La forma de narrar de Lewis es sencilla y a la vez poética. Describe las situaciones más mágicas de manera que uno pueda sentirlas a flor de piel. Fue fácil sumergirme en estos mundos fantásticos que Polly y Digory visitaban, fue más sencillo que imag
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
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
What Lewis has done with this book is rare. Every time I read it I'm so impressed with how beautiful a story it is and all the biblical metaphors. In its essence it's a child's fairytale, but the meanings are deep and come from a place that only my adult self can truly grasp and understand. So many great themes/lessons of leadership, friendship, family, and that choices define the course of our lives is remarkably written into the story.
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!
“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
Well this was quite a fun read i must say. Nice theology lesson and bit of history for the Chronicles of Narnia. But somehow the book is way to short. Couple more pages wouldn't have hurt. But still jolly good.

If you've seen the movies or read some of the books it's almost a necessary step for you to read this.
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
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
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Hace años había comenzado a leer esta saga, pero al llegar al tercero (en orden cronológico) me aburrí tanto que la dejé. Ordenando mi biblioteca hace casi más de un año, la saga de Narnia reapareció ante mí llena de polvo, y decidí unirme a un reto para recordarme constantemente que tenía que terminar esta saga. ¡Y lo hice! No a tiempo, pero lo hice al fin.
Kimberley doruyter
this one should really be read before the others.
it's a wonderful book to read to your children and give them a love for books for life.
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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 Christm
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
Lauren P
Apr 01, 2008 Lauren P rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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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
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The story was very magical (obviously) and quick to read. Some parts were quite funny as well, and I did find myself laughing sometimes. It was really interesting to see how Narnia began and I can't wait to read the next book! The only reason I knocked off a star was because not that much happened, it was mainly setting things up for the next books, however I still really enjoyed it, and I honestly did not mind the fact that it was setting up things!
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
The Magician's Nephew was a fun read! I loved seeing how Narnia was created and the ending was great (how it connected the book with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). I will probably continue reading this series when I have the time. I've really been enjoying it!
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.
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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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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

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