- File Size: 3726 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 29, 2008)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001I45UF2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,602 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Rich, heavy pages, a gold-embossed cover, and Pauline Baynes's original illustrations (hand-colored by the illustrator herself 40 years later) make this special edition of a classic a bona fide treasure. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
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3 of the. middle charters were murky, and the last 4-5 chapters made the book a very good read.
It all starts with the accidental meeting between Polly Plummer and Digory Kirke. Polly and her family live in London, while Digory lives with his relatives next door to her. After getting to know each other and spending time in Digory's house, they decide to see his uncle's study room that he's forbidden to enter. While observing the study, the two get a startling appearence from Digory's Uncle Andrew, and then Polly disappears from the study, thanks to the yellow ring that Uncle Andrew gave to her. He explains to Digory where the ring took her, so now it's up to him to find her and enter a whole new world.
Digory finds himself in a forest, who finds Polly on the ground and tries to jog their memory and then jump in a pool of water with the green rings from his uncle. They suddenly find themselves in the ruins of an abandoned kingdom. The two then find a row of eight royal people in crowns and wearing the finest of royal clothing, sitting still as statues. After Digory rings a golden bell, the kingdom starts to crumble and awakens one of the royal people, who is a queen, that guides them out just in time. She reveals herself to the two as Queen Jadis, the Last Queen who tells them how their kingdom was destroyed and plans to rule their world, no matter what. Through their journey, Digory and Polly will find many surprises, which include Jadis invading their world, the power of their friendship, and the birth of Narnia.
"TMN" is no doubt, flawless and outstanding from the beginning to the end and is also my favorite in the series. The novel truly shows readers how the Narnian world was created, as well as two children and their journey, which was the reason. There are many surprises that I couldn't stop reading at all. All the characters in the novel are truly wonderful that they feel so real. The novel does have a few religious moments, especially the creation of Narnia, but it always has a spiritual and whimsical mind. The story is like a fantasy thrill ride that always has excitement. Bayne's illustrations are just dazzling and original, which are truly a treat.
Readers, young and old, will definitely call this book, and the whole series, a classic. While younger readers might be more into reading series like "Percy Jackson", "Harry Potter", or "The Hunger Games", "Narnia" is a series that truly appeals to children and will bring them to world of whimsicality. Whether you read the series in order of release date or chronological order, it's up to you. For me, I like reading the series chronologically in order. But for "TMN", it's a true classic that brought us Narnia from the very beginning.
Final Verdict: The first novel of the Narnia saga gives us a powerful and unforgettable adventure about two friends brought to a new world.
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One can easily read this book to a child at bed time as it is broken up into short/easily digestible chapters… if you read a chapter each evening you will finish the book in just over two weeks & at the end of the book it gives you the first few pages from the second book to read as well as a very short summary for each of the other books in this series. I found the illustrations to be a very nice touch indeed and am very much looking forward to reading the other books in this series.
I read this as a kid but as an adult people always refer to the religious symbolism in these books so I thought it was time for a reread with an adult (ish) head on my shoulders.
I'm surprised by how much I've forgotten! I really could not remember how the world of Narnia came to be, how the wardrobe came about so it was almost like reading this for the first time, or perhaps visiting somewhere you vaguely remember as a child and having the chance to go back is a better description.
Religion is not my strong point so while I can see the symbolism what really struck a chord with me is how us humans ruin everything without even realising it.
Three stars, looking forward to the rest of the series.
Enjoyed finding out how the Lamp post and White Witch came about! And who would have guessed that dear old Diggory grew up to become "The Old Professor"????
Was a great read, as all the books have been. You find out how the wardrobe was made and how Peter, Edmond, Susan and Lucy came to the big manor house in the Lion, Witch and wardrobe book. Doesn't matter what order you read them in, they are very good books, didn't take me long to read it either. 2 days i think.
Please read, thank you C.S.Lewis
Being only 4, while my son was able to follow the unabridged audio book he did complain that the story didn't move quite quickly enough so this being a radio dramatisation seemed an obvious answer, and it is.
The 'show' is a little over 2 hours, with different people voicing each part this is just right and can be completed in (at least in our case) 2 journeys so for younger listeners it is ewasier for them to grasp.
It is quickly becoming a regular request whenever we are out and even at home while we eat dinner.
From a grown up perspective this dramatisation has been very well done, yes it's a childrens story but done in this way it is enjoyable (there are some in our collection that simply drive me nuts) and there are times when I catch myself putting one of these childhood tales on simply to relax and feel comforted.
I would though recommend listening to the series in chronilogical order rather than in original publication order if you arte wanting to listen to the full series or the whole thing doesn't make much sense but if you are just buying as a stand alone this is a good choice.
What a joy to read of the young world of Narnia and the call to love, care and respect for the whole of creation that the book represents. A real joy and a thrill to re-read.
Great to have the illustrations too
Uncle Andrew is sooooooo ridiculous Jadis is soooooo evil and in juxtaposition to them the children shine through. CS. Lewis, the old bachelor is able to write children's voices so authentically perhaps exactly because he was never a parent or teacher of children so had absolute respect for the inner life of the child.
If you don't yet know the origins of Narnia read on you are in for a treat. Don't analyse, don't rationalise just enjoy the journey.