Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,
Nicholas
nwhyte

July Books 16) The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

It's a very long time since last I read this, though I had seen the most recent cinema adaptation - which was more faithful to the book than I remembered, at least as regards the lengthy period of time spent with the Beavers. It really takes a long time to get going, with much exposition from the Beavers and Mr Tumnus before we get to the main plot. As a seven-year-old I remember being baffled and also upset by Aslan's death; now I perceive the heaviness of the allegory, but I am also impressed that Lewis makes the young reader care about a character whose first appearance is more than two thirds of the way into the book. And the style is good and clear: I just started reading Tolkien's The Lost Road, and gosh, it's clunky in comparison. Sure, the gender roles are rather traditional, and the Christianity rather blatant to the adult reader; but there is also a great sense of magic and of a deeper layer of lore and history to the Narnia universe, and you can see why it has lasted.
Tags: bookblog 2011, rereads, writer: cs lewis
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment