With the newly released Prince Caspian movie and my appreciation for all things Narnia – I found myself wondering why I, the reader that I claim to be, had not read any of the books in this series yet. This very thought said out loud, led to the series showing up on my desk within hours of my uttering the desire to read them. (YAY!)
So- over the holiday weekend I curled up with my cup of tea, my favorite blanket and the first book in this series, The Magicians Nephew (interestingly enough as I thought for sure book one would be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe).
Right away I noticed with a tinge of dissapointment that C.S. is writing to children and in a very grandfatherish tone. Things are written such as, “and wasn’t that a wonderful surprise boys and girls?” Discouraged, even though I have nothing against reading a children’s book (I have read every Harry Potter book through twice) I wanted a bit more to the book. I read on and something happened….
I found it quite interesting to find similarities to this book and to J.K. Rowlings books on Harry Potter. For one thing – characters in many cases have similar names, such as in this book Digory the little boy, is also the name of a boy in the Potter books. The magic and going to other worlds is also similar. I have not researched this yet, but I had read an article in Christianity today a while ago that talked of some of J.K.’s influences. I remember one was Tolkien as she loved The Lord of The Rings.
The biblical references in this book are profound and I always find myself amazed at C.S. Lewis’s style of writing for the times. He did not have the influence of tv shows and the movie technology there is today to create such vidid and profound characters all at the same time. The meaning in his books are so great and the fact that he aimed for his audience to be children is also wonderful because the books are such learning tools while at the same time fun and interesting. (I think as I continued reading I may have become younger…)
Digory is tempted to take the apple for himself
Uncle Andrew is unable to understand Aslan and only hears roars
In this book there is the creation story in Narnia and how Aslan created all
and so much more…..
A couple things I want to point out that I enjoyed were that this first book explains how the lamp post came to Narnia as well as how the wardrobe was created and why it was magical….
If you haven’t read this book – I recommend it!