Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Author: C.S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia #1/#2*
Publisher: HarperTrophy, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 1, 1994 (First published 1950)
Age Group/Genre: All Ages/Classic, Fantasy
NARNIA . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free.
Four adventurers step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia–a land enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. (Cover from Goodreads, synopsis from back cover of book)
Not Like I Remembered It…
I first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was a kid, but I have yet to read the rest of the series. This will be amended soon, believe me! But while rereading this book in my thirties, I felt it to be a bit lacking. I mean, I still think it’s a good story and I have really enjoyed the movie adaptations I’ve seen, but it just wasn’t spectacular for me this time around. And that could just be because I know the story pretty well, or it could just be because I’m older and I need more to a story these days. However, I do plan on reading the rest of the series soon and perhaps those books will bring me around to loving The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe again.
Lots of Nostalgia…
I wasn’t really sure what to write about in this review, because it’s such a classic and everyone has read it. So I thought I’d just write a bit about what I remembered from reading the book before, and what I noticed this time around.
First of all, I will always remember the fact that when I first read this book, I thought that the Turkish Delights that Edmund eats and is so obsessed with were some kind of delicious food made of turkey meat. And I think I’ll always see them that way, even though I now know that they’re candy.
And for some reason, every time I read a book or watch a movie or TV show where two people are having trouble communicating because they speak different languages, I always think of how Mr. Tumnus misunderstands Lucy and thinks she is from “the city of War Drobe” in the “far land of Spare Oom.”
Holy Christianity References!…
One thing I definitely didn’t catch when I was younger was all the references to Christianity. I do think I realized that Aslan represented Jesus in the story, but I think that’s the only thing I picked up on back then. Reading it this time, though, I realized how much of the story really is Christian symbolism.
And I’m not sure if it bothered me or not, to tell the truth. I don’t have anything against Christianity, but I’m agnostic, which means I don’t really believe in the Bible, and I’ve never read all of the Bible. So while it was interesting to me to see these symbols, I know that there are probably some that I didn’t catch or understand, and that I might never understand.
But that’s okay. This is a classic series and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books!
My rating of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis:
4 stars. Preteen Andrea might have given it 5, but 30-something Andrea is hoping the rest of the series will bring her back to that feeling she had when first reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
*Most of my copies of The Chronicles of Narnia series are numbered in the published order, although some are numbered so that the story moves chronologically. I’ve decided to read them all in the order they were originally published.