I was very excited that the Magician's Nephew, was so fresh and exciting to me. I am switching the order of my reading, so that they are chronological in story telling. At the very end, I knew that I would soon listen to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
I am in love in Kenneth Branagh. I also thought it was fun that an Irishman was reading a fellow Irishmen's work. I think his rendition of the Diggery's uncle was funny and I thought his witch was... well I wanted to smack her. Her was very good.
I am totally enamored as to how CS could write such wonderful fantasy and make it line up with Christian Scripture. I have learned a lot about scripture through his writings.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I've been a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia since the age of eleven or so, when my sister began reading the series to me. And like some people I always felt that since it tells of the creation of Narnia and how the threat of Jadis, the White Witch, came to be, The Magician's Nephew should be read first. But I can see the argument that it spoils critical information about earlier, or perhaps later would be more accurate, Narnia books. However I consider it the actual first story since it's presented first in The Complete Chronicles of Narnia in what's claimed to be the actual order in which Lewis would have intended them to be read.
The story opens as Pollie and Diggory are meeting for the first time and discovering the enormous entertainment to be found in entering houses through the attic, which was easy due to the way houses were built in those days. Unfortunately, rather than the empty and supposedly haunted house they were aiming for, the two end up in Diggory's house and, more unfortunately, in his Uncle Andrew's forbidden study. ANdrew, a self-styled magician, tricks the two into helping him with an experiment by giving Pollie a ring which sends her seemingly to another world. Being a decent lad despite his faults, Diggory angrily resolves to bring Pollie back to safety. Unfortunately, the thought of adventure i too good to resist, and the two end up in a strange ruin and ultimately a strange room full of what seem to be statues of people sitting on stone chairs. Also in this chamber is a pillar with a golden hammer and bell on it. Overcome with curiosity, Diggory strikes the bell despite Pollie's furious objection. Thus are the two introduced to the sorceress Jadis, who singlehandedly brought about the ruin of this ancient empire and now seeks to conquer a new world.
All in all this is an excellent tale and Kenneth Branagh, better known to some of us as GIlderoy Lockhart, does a superb job bringing it to life.
I read this series to my children years ago and loved it. Now, that a "major motion picture" has been made I was delighted to hear this first in the series again:C.S. Lewis really knew how to hook a listener. This is great story telling. I'll be interested to see how the movie measures up in my students' eyes.
I love how C.S. Lewis writes, he knows you are reading a book and dose not try to hide that. This book was the first of his I have read and I have since read many more. Warning you will not be able to stop at just one of his books!
In this prequel to the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we learn the origin of Narnia and the Professor. However, Lewis becomes so wrapped up in symbolism and Biblical reference, that he misses the adventure. The book is dull, lacking in colorful characters and plot. The Magician's Nephew could have easily been shortened appeared as a single chapter in the Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe and have been just as informative. It is not a necissity to even read this book to truly appreciate the the rest of the Narnian series.
What use is this 5 minute clip? Stupid! I thought I was getting something. Guess I should be glad it was a free inclusion rather than something paid for.