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Chronicles of Narnia Box Set Paperback – Box set, October 19, 2010
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Narnia is the land of enchantment, glory, nobility--home to the magnificent Aslan, cruel Jadis (the White Queen), heroic Reepicheep, and kind Mr. Tumnus. All the magic of C.S. Lewis's Narnia, bewitching readers for almost 50 years, is captured for the first time in this splendid deluxe edition, including The Magician's Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle, with fabulous illustrations hand-colored by the original Narnia artist Pauline Baynes and an insightful introduction by Narnia authority Brian Sibley.
Lewis's work has cast a spell over countless readers over the years, so that once we pick up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we don't want to stop until we've read the whole series. The Complete Chronicles makes it even easier to keep reading! The seven beloved stories have been arranged in the chronological order in which Lewis intended them to be read. Begin at the beginning, as Digory and Polly are tricked into a strange other world, which becomes, even as they watch, the great Narnia. Return again and again with four other children--Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy--who are to play such a vital role in Narnia's history. Finally, enter the whimsical land one last time to witness the end of Time, and the beginning of something new: "world within world, Narnia within Narnia." This gorgeous volume is absolutely a must-have for current and future Narnia lovers. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Superlative" -- The Horn Book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It was described as being "Used - Good", but it arrived in excellent condition (no noticeable tears on the book itself with only slight page wear). This version came with a book jacket which is identical to the hard cover itself, so I threw away the jacket which was well worn. Also, the book description says "text only", which is strange, because this copy has tons of the original illustrations in full-color (I'll try to post pictures soon).
I feel like I hit the jackpot with this purchase and I highly encourage everyone to get this copy ASAP, because I've noticed the price of the "all-in-one" books skyrocketing lately (Barnes and Noble used to have a "leather"-bound copy for $20 three years ago which is $100 now). I sure hope these books don't go out of print, but if they do, you'll be glad you purchased this particular version, because it'll be passed down the family.
Five stars for Lewis. HOWEVER, I do not love this edition. I read so many reviews and lost track of which edition had the books in my preferred order. I know people can have strong opinions about this. ;) I personally much prefer the series in order of publication and this edition has the books "out of order."
I'm now a father in my mid-50s who first discovered Narnia as a teen and, later, read the novels aloud to my children. We have several sets of the books now sprinkled across several households. A few years ago, I discovered this particular audio set of the books -- including every word in the books -- read by some of the world's greatest voices. I owned an earlier audio set of these recordings, then was looking for a gift set. Here, in one box, there's a 1-volume complete paperback edition, plus the best audio recordings I've ever heard of the books. Just think about the names: Kenneth Branagh, the world-renowned Shakespeare revivalist, and Derek Jacobi, who so many people have loved on BBC and PBS. There's Patrick Stewart, so well known to TV sci-fi fans, and the terrific Lynn Redgrave. I carry these in my car and I've listened to them more than once.
So, you may be looking specifically for a hardback gift set; or you may really love those colored illustrations; or you may want a set "just like the ones" you enjoyed years ago. (I've also highly recommended the new 2010 edition of "A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia," which divides excerpts of the novels into 365 daily readings, if you'd like that kind of daily spiritual approach to the novels.) Those are all laudable goals and choices. But THIS set is a really cool way to reawaken the wonderment of Narnia. Enjoy.