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Chronologically, The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis. Although it was actually the sixth to be published. This book serves as a prequel to the rest of the series. Answering many questions that readers had collected from the other books.
Like most of the other books (the Horse and His Boy being the only exception) this book has children from our own world as the protagonists. The book explains how Narnia came into being; Why Aslan cares so much about it, why humans are known to the Narnian people and also why there is a Victorian style lamp post in the woods. It also explains the history and reasoning behind the White Witches reign over Narnia.
I am an avid reader and hate when people give away too much about the plot so I'm not going to do that. I will however give my opinion on it. It is a good book although many people skip over it, for the more well known The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Many people already know that story from books, movies and the BBC TV adaptation from the late 80's. I however would recommend still reading this book as well. Neither the movies nor the BBC adapted this one, so if you do want the background you'll need to read the book - or listen to the audio book.
When I read a book or a series of books I like to get as much background information as I can. Hence I recommend reading the prequel even if you can follow the remaining stories without it. It is well written as are all of the Narnian books, and it gives you a lot of information and details without losing your interest. The books while still appealing to many adults were written for children, so the language, grammar and structure are all easy to follow.
In essence you can read the later books without this, but to get the full experience of the world of Narnia you really should read this book as well. It will help you understand and more fully appreciate the world, creatures and stories that make up the remaining Chronicles of Narnia. Whether you are an adult returning to books from your childhood or a child about to read them for the first time, I strongly recommend you get the full experience and don't pass over this book in an attempt to get to the more well known.
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I was really into the Narnia series when I was younger, but have forgotten about it lately. However, I saw the film of the dawn treader last week and really enjoyed it, it had always been my favourite book so I decided to re read all of the Narnia books and am getting through them when I find time!
The Magician's Nephew is the chronologically the first book in the series, occurring before the events when the famous Pensive children discover Narnia and have many adventures there however it was actually the 6th book to be published. It is sort of a prequel or sorts because it brings everything together and explains what happens when Narnia was created, although this is not the main part of the story. Digory's mother is ill so they are both staying with his aunt and mad uncle who sees himself as a magician, experimenting with magic. Whilst living there he develops a friendship with Polly who lives next door, and they are tricked into being part of his Uncle's experiment. They end up entangled with magic that they had never even imagined existed, transported to a different world through the use of rings!
I really enjoyed this book reading it for the first time in years! It was a quick read only having just over 160 pages so its probably suited to younger teens, and none of the vocabulary in it is difficult although because of the time when it was written it is in quite an old fashioned manner, people reading it now may think some of the things written in it are a bit strange. I really liked how everything just seemed to totally fall into place in the last few pages though and make sense, I read it and was like 'ah, thats how they did that!' I'd highly recommend this and the rest of the series, hopefully they'll make a film of it soon.
The Magicians Newphew by C.S. Lewis is a fantasy novel that was written as a children's book. It was originally published in 1955 and contains 202 pages of wonderful writing. I found the novel to be very well written and enjoyable to read overall and I really would recommend it as a result. This was the sixth book that was published in the Chronicles of Narnia and yet it appears first in the book. It really is a fantastic book that is written by the great C.S. Lewis so you cannot help but be impressed!
The novel is about two children and it is set in London in the time of around the 1900s. The two children are called Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, these two children go in to an adventure of their own. The two children are taken into different worlds from an experiment that the horrible uncle of Digory has conducted. They are taken into the world of Narnia where they meet and see many things including the evil queen who is called Jadis. This novel took 6 years in total to complete and it apparently features elements of the authors life.
I found the story to be engaging and exciting throughout and it is full of the most wonderful ideas. I felt that the novel had a universal appeal in terms of age range and that it could really be enjoyed by all. As I said the story is just fantatsic and full of excitement and action making it a really good read throughout. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this.
The magical world of Narnia, as created by C.S.Lewis, is more commonly known through the tales of the Pevensie children, and it is a common misconception that The Lion, The Witch and The Wardbrobe is the first tale of Narnia. This is not so. Lewis penned seven books in all, and this, The Magician's Nephew, is the first.
Many of you will have experienced Narnia through film, and no doubt you have a plethora of unanswered questions. My advice is to read the books. Lewis created the realm, and the first book in the series, The Magician's Nephew, goes some way to explaining much of what lies ahead in Narnia for the Pevensie children and the significance of a number of things. It is devised as an introduction to the series of books featuring the Pevensies, and is not particularly connected in terms of the main characters involved. Our tale starts with two curious children, Polly and Digory, who sneak into Uncle Andrew's study. Polly vanishes into thin air as Andrew forces her to wear a yellow ring. Digory then follows with another yellow ring, and with two green rings which are intended to bring them back from wherever they go.
And where they 'go' is into a forest, a place which is in between worlds. They encounter the evil witch Jardis, and unwittingly send her to the creation of a new world, Narnia. As Polly and Digory follow, they struggle with Jadis to protect the new world known as Narnia, the world they have just experienced being created.
C S Lewis had a vivid imagination. It is widely believed that he and a number of his peers and other authors of his era were under the influence of halucinogens. Whether this is true or not, it does not change the fact that this is a wondrous and fantastical creation and idea, and the concept of a new world, reached through a magical in between forest, is marvellous and extremely well analysed. The book itself lends more to a storytelling style than dialogue, and it more describes the actions of the main characters as opposed to what they said. This enables the book to flow quickly and not get bogged down in chatting, and as the story progresses and unfolds at a quick pace, it is easy to forget that this was intended for the younger reader.
I was privileged enough to read these when I was young, impressionable and imaginative. It was a magical escape for me to read the Narnia books, and although The Magician's Nephew is not my favourite of the set, it is still a high quality piece of literature. At a mere 170 pages or so long, it is not too long to bore younger readers, and the text is easy enough to follow - nothing too complicated save the creation of a new world!
I recommend all the books in the set. There are seven in total, and amazon.co.uk are currently selling the complete set for £25.15, although I am sure you will be able to find cheaper copies if you have a good search around the internet or charity shops.
I think this was the last of the Chronicles of Narnia to be writted but chronologically it serves as the first story. A lot darker in my opinion than the other ones, and a very different style of story, it still haunts me when I read it. I reread the whole chronicles again recently and was vastly unimpressed by the story, I think maybe down to the fact that I had grown up and it was a tale lodged in my childhood. However, the Magician's Nephew still grabbed me and held me and I polished it off in an afternoon. In hindsight I should probably have let it stand on it's own because it worked very well as a story in its own right as well as an origin to the Narnia chronicles. I have said in another review that I am sad to say I will probably never revisit Narnia again, or probably watch any of the movies they are making for that matter, after my bitter disappointment of "The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe", however I take that back and at least admit that I may revisit the Magician's Nephew at some point.
I loved this book, I felt that it really described the land of Narnia very good, what I really don't understand is why film companies do not bother converting this book into a film, it's worth putting up, because although the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is most commonly known, lots of people asks how did Narnia become Narnia? And why is there a witch in Narnia? Why is there a Lamppost there? And why is it a wardrobe that brings them to the wardrobe?
I personally have asked myself these questions after watching the films. So I went onto the internet one night, when these questions were enormously bugging me, and I found that the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was not the first book. Instead The Magician's Nephew was. So On another day I set out to find the book, I'm not saying it was easy to find but it wasn't hard either.
I bought it home and began reading it straight away; I was enormously interested to find out these answers. Anyway, there are 2 main characters, their names are Polly and Digory, they live next door to each other; well, only recently due to the fact that Digory's mum fell ill and his Aunt and Uncle had taken them both in, and his dad is away. Polly and Digory become best friends and decide to find out what's in the scary house next door to Digory, so they use a tunnel which passes all the way through all 3 houses, this tunnel used to be a smuggler's cove.
Polly and Digory do their Maths wrong and end up in an attic. Digory's evil uncle tempts Polly to trying on a Yellow Ring; as soon as she picks it up she disappears. Now it's Digory's quest to bring her back.
Digory picks up a yellow ring, and he has 2 Green rings in his pocket (Green Takes them back) and finds himself in a forest which is in-between worlds. They are about to go back when they decide to explore the other worlds. They find Jadis (an evil witch who used to be a Queen of Charn) and they by mistake release her into their world where she creates mischief, then they take her to a world that had not been created yet though Polly, Digory, Queen Jadis, Uncle Andrew and others get to experience a world being created. Digory and Polly end up in an adventure to save this new world called Narnia, they also set out to find a treatment for Digory's Mother, will they find what they looking for?
I have told you 2 out of the 4 questions I have listed above, I want you to read the book to find the other 2. AND THIS BOOK SHOULD BE MADE INTO A FILM RATHER THAN BEING LEFT OUT!!!!!!!!!!!
This book I recommend, but it was not much speech, and very narrative, it'll be better if there was more speech, though it's easier for younger children to understand it. But adults who's questioned themselves the same questions as I have, you also must read it!
The magician's nephew. The first in the Narnia series (when put in chronological order). If you're one of those people who read "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" first and want to know how it all came to be then this is the book for you. Ever wondered how Narnia was created, how the first link from our world to Narnia was made, where the lamp post came from, how Jadis (The White Witch) came in to Narnia or how a wardrobe can transport people to this magical land? All will be revealed in this book. When i read it, i did not expect any of this to have such a large connection to "Lion". It was a great revelation when i realised that's what this book was doing.
The chronicles as a whole are something that i'm growing to love. During my childhood, i watched the BBC dramatisations of "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe", "Prince Caspian And The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader" and "The Silver Chair". To this day they still bring back strong feelings of nostalgia (and i've recently bought them on DVD, can't wait to watch them). I also had the full set of books as a child (they were originally my mothers) but i never read them. I wasn't the reading type back then (how that's changed!) Then, in 2005, Disney brought out "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" movie and, again, those feelings of nostalgia resurfaced. That was in 2005. By December 2006, the DVD was out and i watched it again and still loved it. This being around Christmas time I was thinking of something to get my girlfriend as a present. I knew she liked reading and she had expressed interest in Narnia and so i thought I'd buy her the books. Now, almost a year later, i've started reading them myself. How I wish i had read them as a child!
I have so far read the first four (in chronological order, supposedly how Lewis wanted them to be read). These are "The Magician's Nephew", "The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe", "The Horse And His Boy" and "Prince Caspian". I am now about Eight chapters through the fifth ("The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader"). It was a joy to read "Lion" after seeing it many times over the years, as i'm sure it will be for "Dawn Treader" and "Silver Chair" but reading "The Magician's Nephew" and "The Horse And His Boy" has been a pleasure because these are completely new stories to me in the same world of Narnia that i grew up loving!
The Magician's Nephew follows Digory and Polly, two young children who find their way in to Digory's uncles study. They soon find that the uncle is a magician who has made some magic rings that will transport the wearer to other worlds. While in one of these worlds, called Charn, the children awake the queen from this dying world. They lead her back to their own world and soon discover that she is not what she at first seemed to be. They must get out of their world and be back themselves before the queen can cause too much damage This may not be easy, as the children stumble across another new world; one that is just beginning!
I found this book to be absolutely magical. It is clearly written in a style that is for young children but even adults who are fans of Narnia will love this book because of the detail in the back story that it gives. If you are considering buying this then i would advise you to do so. You won't regret it and it will be the start of something that you may cherish for the rest of your life. Narnia begins here!
Polly's hand went out to touch one of the rings. Immediately, without a flash or a noise, she vanished. When horrible Uncle Andrew starts experimenting with magic, Digory and Polly find themselves in another world, and at the beginning of an incredible adventure, as the doorway to the magical land of Narnia opens This is the first adventure in the exciting Chronicles of Narnia.