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My wardrobe seems so boring now...
by Amy2392 on October 13, 2007When Narnia was released in the cinema last year, I was asked if I wanted to go and see it. And did I accept this invite? No! At that time, all I knew about the film was that it was fantasty-based, and seemed a bit 'kiddish' (though why this was a problem, I have no idea - it doesn't usually stop me!). So I missed my chance to explore the world of myth, and stayed at home instead. Alone.
Then last week, I finished the most fantastic book in the world (Growing Pains!), and went to the local library in search of a story to 'dive' into, a new adventure to enjoy. A few days beforehand, I had briefly seen Lord Of The Rings on tv, so I was in the mood for something full of exploration and fable. I searched the teenage section, only to find a bunch of books based on love and romance...not much variety or excitement there then! So I sauntered over to the classical section, a shelf in the library I would normally turn a blind eye at. Browsing along, reading the spines, I spied such titles as What Katy Did Next...The Railway Children...Goodnight Mister Tom...THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE! The words seemed to leap out at me! I pulled out the book from it's wedges space and studied the cover. On the front, the title was written inside a blue patch, along with the words 'Modern Classics'. The rest of the cover was snowy white, the trees covered in frost. There was this creature on the centre, with furry legs as if they belonged to an animal, and he was carrying some parcels and an umberella. This gave the impression that the story was fantasy. Somebody had shoved a sticker on the front of the book that said "BBC Big Read Top 100!". BBC? I had to take the book out, and that's just what I did!
When I got home, I decided to start reading my bookk by C. S. Lewis straight away. Despite all the things I'd heard about it, I still had no idea what the Narnia collection was about! It was quite cold outside, which I'll think as beneficial, helped to set the mood! I curled up at the bottom of the stairs next to the radiator (not just because it was cold, but to escape my siblings too). I opened the firsm page, and let the adventure begin...
In the first chapter, I was introduced to the four main characters; Peter, Lucy, Edmund and Susan - four children sent out to the country to live with a dear man in his 'big'house because of the air-raids. Being typical children, they decided to explore the house, but did not find anything extremely joyful, so they opted for a game of hide-and-seek instead. Lucy, the youngest, hides herself in a wardrobe full of fur coats, the only thing standing in one of the large, echoing rooms. But when she reached for the back, she found herself not pressing against solid wood, but brushing her hand against something much more prickly. She kept on going, and found the air around her drawing in colder. It was snowing. Lucy realised she was no longer in the wardrobe, but what appeared to be a whole different world. When Lucy continues to walk, we are introduced to a new character, found in this unusual land called 'Narnia', a fawn named Mr Tumnus. He seemed like a 'good guy', but when he talked of the White Witch, a evil character in the story no doubt about it, opinions soon become unclear of Mr Tumnus. After this short adventure with Lucy is over, she returns us back to the grand house back in our world (it seems so borning now to be living here ).
Now, if somebody told you they had left your world, would you believe them? Chances are you wouldn't, so there's no surprise when Lucy's siblings did not believe her either! But nobody seemed to 'rub it in her face' more than brother Edmund. A few chapters on though, we find Edmund wandering into the depth of the wardrobe, stumbling on the White Witch, unaware of her evil powers. He falls for her wicked ways, in an almost-worshipping manner, and believes everything she says when she promises Edmund that he, Son Of Adam will become King of Narnia, providing he presented is brother and sisters (daughters of Eve) to her. Seems like some plan, doesn't it?! And all because of the turkish delight (!). Nevertheless, Edmund returned from Narnia, craving more turkish delight, trying to work out how to get his siblings into Narnia!
Eventually, all four children get into Narnia, after a lot of persuading and unassuared disbelief. But Lucy is finally proven correct and everybody believes her. Edmund had not told the others about the Witche's plans, he kept that little secret to himself. They stumble across Mr and Mrs Beaver (who, oddly enough, were beavers), just at the right moment when Lucy realised her old friend Mr Tumnus had been turned to stone by the White Witch for disobeying her!
The beavers take the children safely back to their little home, while they tell them of the return of Aslan, the one 'guy' who can save the all-winter Narnia from the Witch. He seemed like such a courageous figure, very strong and beastly. During these stories, nobody noticed Edmund slip away. When they finally did twig he was missing, there was nothing left to do but go after him, before the White Witch did!
The next few chapters are as you can expect, a sort of wild goose-chase. Eventually though, the children face Aslan. That was when the real adventures began! Can this ferocious yet gentle Lion save Narnia from its eveer-lasting Winter and the wickedly wild White Witch, or will it snow for an eternity? And do the children ever get back home, or are they banished forever? There's really only one way to find out...read it!
The first thing I noticed about this book that was rather unusual was the style that it was written in. The way C.S.Lewis words things, its hysterical. He really connects with the reader, stating the obvious at the right moments! No other author I know of does this, so the individuality made my read extra special!
I personally would have thought The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was going to be a let-down, assuming it was all fairy-tale and kiddish. Something unique there though, as it suddely becomes suitable for ALL ages, whether you are five, fifteen or fifty, it appeals any way!
Description. It is very strong in this story, it has to be! All that scenery to tell us about, the magical feeling just leaps off the page! When Lewis describes the cold snow in Narnia, I do actually feel a chill! The words used are impecable!
Honestly though, my favourite part is the very end, when I realise something about the dear old man who owned the house...he is not just any old man, but his adventures in Narnia are with us too!
Would I recommend? Yes, I would! I'm not a fan of fairy stories, or myths and fables, ut nevertheless I still enjoyed this one! That just goes to show it really is adaptable to your taste! And age range? I dont think there is one! This magical experiece in a land should be shared!
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