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*****= An all-time favorite
*****The Magician's Nephew
Book 6 of The Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis
Reviewed April 20, 2004.
The Magician’s Nephew is my least favorite of the books, because there aren’t very many nice characters. The main characters, Digory and Polly, keep having spats, Digory’s uncle, the magician, is horrible and selfish, and the Queen of Charn is truly evil. My nine-year-old son likes this book best, because it is the first one he read. (All the more reason to read them in the order they were written, since The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a better book.) However, it does still capture the magic of Narnia. This book is best when they finally get to Narnia and see Aslan create it.
Digory and Polly go exploring in the attics between their houses and inadvertently end up in the clutches of Digory’s uncle. Uncle Andrew has discovered magic that can transport people to other worlds, but he doesn’t want the danger of going himself. He sends Polly and Digory, and all of their lives change.
Here’s another adventure in Narnia that shows how it all began. This book also has some things to say about evil, both grand and defiant and petty and small. Even my least favorite of C. S. Lewis’s adventures is wondrously magical and wise.
Reviews of other books by C. S. Lewis:
Book 1 of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Book 2 of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Book 3 of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Book 4 of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair
Book 5 of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy
Book 7 of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle
The Last Battle performed by Patrick Stewart
Out of the Silent Planet
That Hideous Strength
Of Other Worlds
Till We Have Faces
The Great Divorce
A Year With C. S. Lewis
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