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Review: The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia and a Christian, I like C.S. Lewis’ creation story. It’s obviously influenced by the first chapters of Genesis, including many parallels to the Garden of Eden and its tempting forbidden fruit.

It’s interesting that Aslan creates Narnia through song, just as Lewis’ friend Tolkien records the Valar creating Middle-Earth and the rest of Eä in The Silmarillion. I liked learning more of Jadis’ backstory; it adds more depth to her character than Lewis gives in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. Lewis uses Uncle Andrew to teach that no one is above the moral law, and that those who meddle in things they're not entitled to often suffer the consequences.

Lewis gives a lesson in prayer when Polly asks about Aslan, “Wouldn't he know without being asked?” and Fledge answers, “I've no doubt he would. But I've a sort of idea he likes to be asked.” God, being omniscient, knows our needs, but still instructs us to ask Him.

I prefer to read The Magician’s Nephew in the order in which it was published (just before The Last Battle) rather than reading it first, according to Narnian chronology. I feel it works better as backstory than as an introduction to Narnia.

Favorite scenes
The Wood between the Worlds.
The ancient, dead city of Charn with its old sun.
The explanation of the wardrobe’s origin and Digory’s growing up to be Professor Kirke.

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