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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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Jan 30, 12

bookshelves: fantasy
Read from January 25 to 30, 2012, read count: 3

The last time I read this novel was in high school. I've come across a free reading of the entire series as podcasts online (unfortunately it is no longer available) so I thoight I would listen to the entire series.

The book is largely as I remember it. The pacing is fairly fast but not hectic, very similar to other classic young adult fiction. The plot itself is quite good, both when concidered on its own and as an alegory of the Christ story.

The one area where I have criticism is in Lewis' adherance to gender roles. I'm being a little unfare in judging the story with modern sensabilities but it does seem a bit out of place for Susan and Lucy to have been given weapons for defense but never have the need to use them. On-the-other-hand, most of the latter half of the book follows the two girls while only a few pages are devoted to the fighting against the forces of the witch.

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