- Title: The Magicians Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1)
- Author: C.S. Lewis
- Genre: Children’s, fantasy, classic
- Pages: 221
- Format: Paperback
- Other: Amazon, GoodReads
- Grade: A (5/5)
Sometimes, I feel like I missed out on an essential part of childhood by not reading The Chronicles of Narnia. Sure, I saw the movie (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). What kid hasn’t?
So I’ve decided to address the problem and read the series but instead of reading it in order of publication, I’ll be reading it in chronological order.
The Magician’s Nephew is an origin story. Even if you haven’t read Chronicles of Narnia, you probably know about the wardrobe and Narnia. Well, this is before all of that. It’s quite interesting to learn how it all started, to see Narnia in its very beginning. It’s magical and enchanting. Even as an adult, I was taken into another world.
Furthermore, the imagery is concise and vivid all at the same, something that’s very fitting for the intended audience. And honestly, I like that it’s simplistic. Sometimes I think writers do too much. I don’t need paragraphs upon paragraphs of description. You create a vivid world with few words, and Lewis manages to do just that.
The characters felt like children, and the adults felt like adults (from a child’s perspective). One of the issues I typically have with classic children’s literature is that children often feel less like people and more like cartoons. I didn’t feel that way about Polly and Digory. Sure, the novel was still a product of its time, but nevertheless, it still felt real.
Ultimately, I can see why this series is a beloved classic. Had I read it as a child, I would have been enamored. As an adult, I’m fascinated, and I want to read more. And someday, I plan on sharing it with my own children because it truly is magical.