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Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe Centenary (The Illustrated Chronicles of Narnia) [Hardcover]

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By sgkr
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Chronicles of Narnia have been some of my favorite books since I was eight years old. 5 stars is not enough.
The reason for the 1-star rating is in reaction to the sudden "re-ordering" of the series in an order not written, published, or presented by C.S. Lewis. The Magician's Nephew was never the intended entry into this fantastic world. The publishers (or whoever made this decision to change the order) have done readers a great disservice.
The correct order is: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew, The Last Battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand story! Dec 19 2005
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the miracles of C.S. Lewis is that he is able to incorporate a sense of the mystical and magical with the form of the world in a Christian framework without either aspect becoming forced or stilted. The stories that Lewis has crafted in the Chronicles of Narnia stand on their own as good storytelling even without the underpinning of Christian imagery - they are strong tales, kin in many ways to the Lord of the Rings cycle, which makes sense, given the friendship and professional relationship of Lewis with Tolkein.
This particular text, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', is the second installment in the overall Narnia series, but each story is able to stand on its own. This is a story that almost begins with 'once upon a time...' It is a good story for children of all ages (including 40-year-old children like me). The story begins in the dark days of the London blitz, with the children being sent away for their protection. This was common for people in all social classes, from the royal family on down, to send the children out to the countryside for the duration of the war - when Lewis was writing and publishing the Narnia books, this experience would have been fresh in the minds of the readers. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are the family children sent to stay with old Professor and his less-than-amiable housekeeper; it comes as no surprise that the children hope to escape from this as much as from the bombs in London, and escape they did.
Lucy found it first - the portal to Narnia, in the back of the wardrobe in the special room.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A grand story! Dec 19 2005
By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
One of the miracles of C.S. Lewis is that he is able to incorporate a sense of the mystical and magical with the form of the world in a Christian framework without either aspect becoming forced or stilted. The stories that Lewis has crafted in the Chronicles of Narnia stand on their own as good storytelling even without the underpinning of Christian imagery - they are strong tales, kin in many ways to the Lord of the Rings cycle, which makes sense, given the friendship and professional relationship of Lewis with Tolkein.
This particular text, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe', is the second installment in the overall Narnia series, but each story is able to stand on its own. This is a story that almost begins with 'once upon a time...' It is a good story for children of all ages (including 40-year-old children like me). The story begins in the dark days of the London blitz, with the children being sent away for their protection. This was common for people in all social classes, from the royal family on down, to send the children out to the countryside for the duration of the war - when Lewis was writing and publishing the Narnia books, this experience would have been fresh in the minds of the readers. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are the family children sent to stay with old Professor and his less-than-amiable housekeeper; it comes as no surprise that the children hope to escape from this as much as from the bombs in London, and escape they did.
Lucy found it first - the portal to Narnia, in the back of the wardrobe in the special room.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel Through the Wardrobe May 2 2002
Format:Hardcover
"Lucy felt a little frightened, but she felt very inquisitive and excited as well. She looked back over her shoulder and there, between the dark tree-trunks, she could still see the open doorway of the wardrobe and even catch a glimpse of the empty room from which she had set out. (She had, of course, left the door open, for she knew that it is a very silly thing to shut oneself into a wardrobe.) It seemed to be still daylight there. "I can always get back if anything goes wrong," thought Lucy. She began to walk forward, crunch-crunch over the snow and through the wood toward the other snow and through the wood toward the light. In about ten minutes she reached it and found it was a lamp-post. As she stood looking at it, wondering why there was a lamp-post in the middle of a wood and wondering what to do next, she heard a pitter patter of feet coming toward her. And soon after that a very strange person stepped out from among the trees in the light of the lamppost."
When Lucy and her two brothers and one sister are sent to stay with an elderly professor in his large house in the country, they expect to be bored to death. But when they arrive they find, to their delight, that they are staying in a fantastic mansion full of suits of armor, aged books and tapestries, surrounded by a vast forest full of waiting adventures, and in a room in the attic a very old and very special wardrobe.
Chronologically second in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is the tale of four English children who are brought through a very unique wardrobe into a world of beauty and cold. It is many hundred years after the beginning of Narnia, and the evil that was brought to it in the very beginning has now totally consumed it in winter and snow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book was amazing!! This is a book for all ages. Young old or in between you should read this book!
Published 10 months ago by Leah Asselin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I loved this book when I was younger I had to buy it in the original version :)
Published on May 19 2010 by P. N. Wan Aziz
4.0 out of 5 stars Through the wardrobe
C.S. Lewis pioneered a new kind of fantasy when he wrote "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" -- the kind where people from our world somehow get swept into another one. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by E. A Solinas
3.0 out of 5 stars Bah Humbug !
C.S. Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. In 1916, he won scholarship to University College, Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in , working there as tutor... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2007 by Craobh Rua
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
It is the classic conflict between Good and Evil. Four school children discover an entrance to a world of fantasy through a wardrobe. It is a world that will change them forever. Read more
Published on June 9 2006 by Mire
5.0 out of 5 stars A grand story!
One of the miracles of C.S. Lewis is that he is able to incorporate a sense of the mystical and magical with the form of the world in a Christian framework without either aspect... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2005 by FrKurt Messick
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the voice...
... of Michael York. It's deep and smooth and soothing; just like the book. You can find out what the book is like by looking at the other reviews; but I definitely recommend this... Read more
Published on Dec 16 2004 by wonderment
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe a reveiw by Irene
Have you ever imagined being sent away to someone's house, that has a secret that no one knows but you? Read more
Published on May 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Blah
I read this book a while back, in 6th grade. As the teacher passed the books out to us I thought it was just going to be another one of those boring books that we have to read for... Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Leslie Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in an excellent series
This is the first of the Narnia books Lewis wrote, but not the first in Narnian chronology; the backstory for this book is in The Magician's Nephew. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by Charles Beachley
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