"This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the c...more"This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own land and the land of Narnia began." The Magician's Nephew (Book 1)
Why are these books the most read and re-read books ever? It is because of their childlike nature, innocence, hearkening back to an innocent age, a time when worry and wonder are at greatest odds, when children ask if they'll dream of dinosaurs when they die, a time when wisps of fairy dust transform the mundane to the spectacular. Yes, they really do.
And from this perspective, from the child's perspective, yes, from the child then and even from the child now with an old heart confined to more mundane worries, one reads the wonder and is revived. She is taken to or taken back to a time of great mystery, wonder, simplicity, and more than anything, hope and endless possibility. For it is in the child's heart that all is possible, all is great, grand, and true, nothing is that evil, that bad, impossible to pull the dark from, for it desires to be at play in this wonderful land called Narnia.
For C.S. Lewis, it was this reaching out to the mass wonder, the timeless, the expansive and innocent heart of the child that enabled him, inspired him on to heights and depths of imagination and story telling that rarely occurs. Very seldom does one read passages that build great wonder and awe in the heart, mind, soul, even the bowels of the reader. It is the inspiration of the forever expansive and wondering heart of the anything-is-possible child that enabled Lewis to pull forth creative powers that would have lied dormant otherwise; for nowhere else in his works do you find such simplicity of poetry, a simply brooding tune of wonder and awe, a Mozart concerto of haunting, single notes that snuggle to the soul to never let go. It is peace of the child come live to entertain, enlighten, inspire and bemuse the child well into adulthood . . . and maybe beyond. The power . . .
The Magician's Nephew
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle
In each story after story the wonderment builds and maintains. There is no stopping. No letting go. You begin and the ride will not stop. It does not let you rest or pull to the side for a drink. You have found wonder lost. You have found passions dispensed. You cannot if you tried end this dream even after the last page has been consumed.
There are scenes described where buildings are revealed, beings seen but only to those of a proper heart. There are messages wrought that the adult heart smiles to the child revels in without understanding, for the story, the magic, the wonder can both be perceived and felt. There is much here, much here for all, all who can take its eternal message with them from year to year to year to the grave and beyond.
C.S. Lewis was given a gift to uplift and inspire to entertain and give peace and hope. There is nothing in this world like the out of this world Chronicles of Narnia. I highly advise a read every five years or so to keep your faith and heat alive.
Peace unto you and yours. Give and getting are never alike. Get at the giving of Lewis . . . for life(less)
Hans is the originator of the children's fairy tale. His books reak of imagination, fantisy, and wonderment. They help all children see the wonder, pu...moreHans is the originator of the children's fairy tale. His books reak of imagination, fantisy, and wonderment. They help all children see the wonder, purpose, and mystery of the greatness of the human spirt, especially the young human spirit. Read him and get inspired.(less)
If you haven't read him and don't keep reading him you're a loser. A child gone wrong. You have no right living on this planet, putting two legs in yo...moreIf you haven't read him and don't keep reading him you're a loser. A child gone wrong. You have no right living on this planet, putting two legs in your pants in the morning. If you haven't read him, do so. If you haven't or stopped reading him, hand in your "human" card and go back to your planet of origin. Pronto! Sorry, Mr. Suess.(less)
If you love good, uplifting, well-told stories, then this one's for you. If you love feeling love, feeling loved, feeling love's love, then this one's...moreIf you love good, uplifting, well-told stories, then this one's for you. If you love feeling love, feeling loved, feeling love's love, then this one's for you. If you want to see a child handle hope and bring it down off its rope, then this one's for you. If need to touch down deep where only the real living live, truly live, those with a desire to overlook fear and doubt to the eternal within us all, then this one's for you. Please read it. (less)
If you haven't read Milne, and I don't care what age you are or you intellectual or socioeconomic status, read the-Pooh. I love the-Pooh. He's so Seus...moreIf you haven't read Milne, and I don't care what age you are or you intellectual or socioeconomic status, read the-Pooh. I love the-Pooh. He's so Seussian, so Andersenian, so Barriean, so Brownian, so . . . You get the point. If you don't want to read these stories, read them to your kids. Don't have kids? Read them to your nieces and nephews. None of them? Grab a kid on the street, sit 'em down and read. Just make sure you've got mom or dad's permission. No jail sentences, please. Enjoy!(less)
I love this book. I love this guy . . . even though Silverstein's photo on the back of The Giving Tree scared my three-year-old. Hell, it scared me! B...moreI love this book. I love this guy . . . even though Silverstein's photo on the back of The Giving Tree scared my three-year-old. Hell, it scared me! But don't be deceived. This, like most of Silverstein's work, is a great read. I just wish he'd get rid of that that prison head shot he uses on his books.(less)
The book is well done, of course. But I'm going to go a little off the page, so to speak, and review the movie. If you don't mind. ;o)
If you've come...moreThe book is well done, of course. But I'm going to go a little off the page, so to speak, and review the movie. If you don't mind. ;o)
If you've come to this one late, haven't seen it yet . . . I envy you. Having seen it over twenty times with the family, I wish I was able to see it again and again fresh each time to fully experience the wonder, the magic, the story.
If you grew up in the Northeast, this movie reeks of the magic, the wonder, the malted-milkshake-tummy-tingling--warming sensation that is the winter wonderland of Christmas in New England. There is nothing like the quiet magic of walking alone in new fallen snow. Animals whisper by. Trees sway, tossing marsh-mellow fluff onto your coat. Snowplows thud and clatter, the only color outside the barren trees. The wonder, the magic, the mystery is all here in the opening scenes of Polar Express.
The wonder and warmth of the season is expressed in the parents in their Christmas dress and hat, putting the youngest to bed, tucking her in, sugar plumbs and Santa a wondering in her eyes.
The boy, however, has other ideas. He is "NOT A BELIEVER!" as the ghost on the Polar Express yells down at him from above in a later scene.
The animation is captivating, exhilarating.
The scene of the ticket blowing out the window, rushing down the ravine, being swept up and along by the wolves, then taken up, up, up to the bird's nest by the mother looking to feed her little ones, then down, down, down, sweeping through snow-swollen woods back to the train. The beauty and spectacle awe inspiring.
Throughout the movie there is scene, after scene, after scene of action, entertainment, and creative wonder. The main characters (hero-girl, lonely-boy, and hero-boy) build a bond that goes beyond the mundane, the ordinary to express important messages of kindness, honor, bravery, sacrifice, unity, family, and, of course, friendship.
In the end we meet Santa. But this Santa is beyond the extraordinary, he radiates kindness, patience, wholesomeness, a beauty of great depth and breadth that shines through his glowing cheeks and brow and bellowing voice of tender thunder. He is a giant, a wonder to behold who dispenses to the hero-boy the first gift of Christmas.
In the end, the hero-boy wakes Christmas morn to find the bell he cherished so much that had fallen from the reindeer's harness. He desired the bell as the first gift of Christmas because his non-believing heart suddenly, finally pulsates with belief as he overcomes his inability to hear the chime of the hundreds of bells on the reindeer's harness to the cascading wonderment of molten joy and love, faith even that radiates not only from the now ringing bells, the chiming, chiming, chiming of the bells but from his head and heart, even his soul.
What a visual wonder and adventure. What a message of love, the Charity of Christ, even. What a wonderful message for Christmas morn.(less)
A beautiful story for the kids. And if you don't have kids, hell, read it as an adult just for yourself. Maybe in a time of need you can comfort up to...moreA beautiful story for the kids. And if you don't have kids, hell, read it as an adult just for yourself. Maybe in a time of need you can comfort up to this one and feel the wonder and possibility of the child. Those with the greatest hearts are childlike, and this story will certainly enhance the breadth and depth if not the actual size of your heart. A good read for you, Mr. Grinch. Wonderful. (less)