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The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia) [Paperback]

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Item description for The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia) by C. S. Lewis...

Narnia . . . where Talking Beasts walk . . . where a witch awaits . . . where a new world is about to be born. On a daring quest to save a beloved life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan?s song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will become known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible . . . .

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Studio: HarperCollins
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Series  Chronicles Of Narnia  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  0060764902  
ISBN13  9780060764906  

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More About C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Clive Staples Lewis, born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898, was for more than thirty years Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford, and at the time of his death in 1963 was professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University. His many books -- of fiction, poetry, theology, literary scholarship, and autobiography -- include The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Miracles, and the seven volumes that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia.

C. S. Lewis was born in 1898 and died in 1963.

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The Magician's Nephew  May 12, 2006
Eduardo Zaranski

The Magician's Nephew

It had two children in the story. They were friends. One day they went on the wrong door that got to the boy's uncle room. The boy's name was Digory and the girl's was Poly. They went on the wrong door and they got to Digory's uncle room. But they didn't get in trouble, because the uncle was about to call them to test his magic rings. He already tested on animals, but they didn't know how to get back. So the uncle put the magic ring on Poly's finger and she disappeared. Next, Digory fought with his uncle and his uncle said, "The yellow rings is to go, and the green rings is to get back." Than Digory put two green rings in his right pocket one for Poly and another for himself, and he put on the yellow ring, and disappeared too. The rings just work if it gets in contact with the skin. They got to another world that led to many other worlds. When they got there they didn't remember anything. Poly was holding a guinea pig that the uncle sent there. After a while in the wood between the worlds both the kids started to remember how they got there. Then the said to each other if they want to try to go on some of those little lakes to see if it goes to another world. But first they tried to go back home and it worked, but they really went just halfway. Than they tried a little lake they saw first. But of course they marked their spot to go back home. To go to that little lake that lad to a world called Charn, they put on their yellow ring and than jumped on the lake. Than there they saw a dark place the sun was almost fading, and they on a courtyard. They were walking around when they found the Hall of Images, where it had a lot of statues of queens and kings. They went on exploring the gigantic hall of images when they saw the Bell and the Hammer. It was on a table, where it had a poetry that was like this: make your choice, adventurous stranger; strike the bell and bide the danger, or wonder, till it drives you mad, what would have followed if you had. Than Digory went to hit the bell with the hammer, when he saw Poly putting her hand on her right pocket to get her ring and get out of that world. Than Digory got her by the wrist to stop her, and he hit the bell with the hammer. Than the whole place was shaking it almost fell down. Than after all that an image got alive and asked who had broken the spell. That it was Digory who broke the spell. Than the place was falling apart and they were running to an exit. They got out of the place and the queen who was unfrosted said, "That she had said the deplorable word that destroyed all living things on Charn, and whoever did it was frozen on the hall of images till the spell was broken." That is why Charn is all dark and the sun is fading. Than they all went to their own world, but bringing the queen with them. When they got to their world in London, the queen saw the uncle and said to him to bring something she could ride on to get some clothes, jewelries, and etc. Than they went on with the story. Further on the story, the police came and was behind the queen or the witch what ever you want to call it, because she had got some clothes and jewelries without paying. Than she broke a lamp-post and was fighting with the polices. Then Digory and Poly went to her and brought her back to the wood between the worlds. Than with them came the Uncle, the Cabby, and the Cabby's horse, and the Witch. So they went to another little lake, and they got to a world called Narnia. Than they found a lion which his name is Aslan creating Narnia. First he created the sun, than he created the grasses, trees, flowers, he also created the waters that have in Narnia, than finally he created the animals. When he created the animals he touched their noses so they could be talking animals. And I was forgetting he created the fauns, dwarfs, and other creatures. The witch had run away because she was scared of Aslan the lion, because he was the king of that world. Going on with the story is that Digory and his Uncle are both in trouble. His Uncle is on trouble because the animals were all running after him to figure it out what he was. They didn't know if he was an animal, fruit, or vegetable. And Digory was in trouble because he needed to do a mission to get the apple out of the center of a garden tree. And with him came strawberry a talking horse that flies and Poly. When they got there it had some words that were written like this: Come in by the golden gates or not at all, take of my fruit for others or forbear, for those steal or for those who climb my wall shall find their hearts desire and find despair. Than Digory opened the gates and came in. He got an apple and got out, and closed the gates. When he got out unexpectedly they saw the Witch. Than the Witch said than if he ate the apple he would have eternal life, and that he could bring the apple to his sick mom so she could get better. She said that because she had eaten the apple and she felt stronger than ever. Than Digory said no and he ran away from the Witch as fast as he could and he did it. Than Digory, Poly, and Strawberry got to Aslan and gave Aslan the fruit. Aslan said to Digory to throw the apple by the river, so Digory threw it and instantly grew as big as a real apple tree. Aslan said that that tree is the tree that will protect Narnia from evil. Than Aslan gave Digory an apple so he could give to his mom, so she could get better from her sickness. So at the end of the story Digory gives the apple to his mom and his mom gets better. Digory planted the rest of the apple his mom didn't eat and it grew. When he was old, he moved to the country house, and instead of leaving the apple tree there he made a wardrobe of it. But he did not discover the magic properties of the wardrobe, but someone else did. And this is the end of the story and the beginning of all the others.
A Bold Beginning  Apr 21, 2006
While "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" was published first, it's "The Magician's Nephew" that truly starts off the Chronicles of Narnia. In this book, you'll learn about how Jadis first came to Narnia and what the Professor had to do with it. You'll learn about the lamppost, about why the wardrobe acts as a portal between worlds, and you'll get to watch the founding of C.S. Lewis's magical land. It's fun, engaging, and a great start to the series.
A Fast Read  Apr 11, 2006
I rarely find a book that I don't want to put down. The Magician's Nephew was such a book. The story moves along quickly, and is written in an easy to read style that doesn't bog down your mind with details, but rather opens your mind and allows it to fill in the details.

From his writing style, you can tell C.S. Lewis is from another era. Compare the Magician's Nephew, to say the first page of a modern day fantasy bestseller such as The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks, and this becomes apparent.

The Magician's Nephew is a book that is story driven, and the story takes place is various world that leave you wanting more detail instead of bogging itself down by placing 6 adjectives upon every tree, as is the case in much modern fantasy. 2 children, Polly and Digory take a journey that includes many memorable stops, and end upmeeting Aslan and watching the birth of Narnia.

You will love this book. You will read it in a day. You will want to read the next, and the next. I consider the Magician's Nephew to be one of the most memorable books I have read in a long time. It's amazing what a good story can do, that hefty adjectives can never do.
How it began, this gives you the background of how Narnia started  Mar 6, 2006
While this wasn't the first book written in the series it is officially the first book and tells you how Narnia began, how the lamp post in the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe got there in the first place and background on the witch as well.

Digory (I agree with Polly, this IS a funny name!) and his neighbour Polly stumble into Digory's Uncle Andrew's study quite by accident one wet afternoon while trying to explore their row of houses via the attics. Uncle Andrew is a scary figure and frightens them, especially when Polly puts on a beautiful ring he gives her and vanishes into thin air!

Digory goes to get her but they unwittingly return with the witch, who wreaks havoc in their world before they are able to get her back again.

They go to Narnia, which hasn't yet begun but while there Aslan the lion creates Narnia. This really is just the beginning, the book is an important part of the series and I enjoyed reading it.

Highly recommended.
My favorite in the series  Jan 4, 2006
I re-read this along with the rest of the series after having read them several times as a kid. They're definitely for kids, but still fun to read as an adult especially being able to remember reading them as a kid.

This is probably my favorite book in the series, as you get to see the origins of Narnia, and all it's inhabitants. Also, finding out how the lampost got there, and how the wardrobe became a portal to it is all very interesting. The new characters introduced are also very good in this book. I imagine that this one would suffer dramatically, though, if read first, as it is now marketed. Most of the enjoyment in it comes from seeing the genesis of things you're already familiar with from other books.

If you're reading this series for the first time, be sure to read it in the correct order (starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) instead of the stupid order they are currently marketed in, as they will be much more enjoyable.

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