The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
By C.S. Lewis
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was unexpected book club reading assignment. When I realized there is one other book that can be read before it I decided to give it a try in two for one deal. I remeber the old BBC tv show I’ve watched and remeber the movies being a part of Christmas programe before Harry Potter took off. I never realy had the chance to read these books so I was happy for the opportunity. I went in both books without any expectations.
I was glad for picking up The Magician’s Nephew as a first book as it gave me information that made the whole series a lot more interesting to read about. I did find some discrepancies between the books but did not let that spoil my enjoyment. There were some very interesting details in the The Magician’s Nephew that helped me better understand The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is beyond doubt a book meant for children but it still had some hold for me as a grownup reader.
It turns out we had a very good time at our book club meeting and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe had much to give to bring out our festive mood. As a group some did not understand it and some did not like the sparse writting style meant to cater to children readers. We went all in with the Christmas spirit and munchies. We brought out cooked wine and Rahar Lokum candy. We even brought in a little Christmas tree with the lights and all just for the occasion. There were gifts of sweets and bookmarkers for everyone and we had fun.
Even with the writting style as it is I enjoyed both books and came to appreciate the depth that is hidden in the world of Narnia. Usually I have some reservations with novles that tend to bring out religious motives. In this instance I had no problems with that and everything went smoothly. I am curious on continuing the series with the rest of the books some time next year. I loved Ben Barnes as Prince Caspian and that gives me extra incentive for reading!