◆ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
◆ Re-read April 2013
◆ English Edition
❝ Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.❞
I've reread this book after almost ten years and it is still as enjoyable as the first time I read it. I never agree with the notion that fairytales are for kids, but it is often true that I do not enjoy a book from my childhood as much as I used to when I read it years later. The fact that this is not the case with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe only serves as prove that C.S. Lewis has the brilliant ability to engage those of all ages.
What I love about this book is that it feels as if you're present in Narnia with the main characters. The narrator will often address the reader with comments such as the following: "I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness." It is a really fun way of engaging the reader and you will find that as you read, you'll be nodding your head in understanding or shaking it in disagreement to what the narrator has to say.
Perhaps most enjoyable about the story are the characters. Children will be able to relate to one of the main characters. Pehaps in Lucy because they are young and like to dream, in Edmund because they feel underappreciated, in Susan because they want to be beautiful and more mature, or in Peter because they want to be brave. Furthermore, the reader will find himself in awe of the other characters - not necessarily human - and how well they are described. The characters will be as vivid as picture in your mind.
In addition, the story is well paced. Lewis will not spent pages describing something he does not deem interesting, instead choosing to tell the reader that he will move on or follow a different character. With this, he maintains a perfect pace with enough descriptions, but not too much to make it boring.
One thing that dissapointed me is that the final battle - the moment you've been anticipating - is only described shortly in the aftermath by Peter. As a reader you do not get to experience the battle,which makes it a bit of an anticlimax.
However, it is a truly wonderful book that will spark your imagination, whether you may be young or old
4 stars because:
✓ Likeable, vivid characters
✓ Well paced
✓ Well paced