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The Magician's Nephew (Full-Color Collector's Edition) Paperback – August 22, 1999
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I think that little kids would enjoy it a lot more than I did. So the five stars I gave, are putting me in that context. (I read two of the saga when I was a kid and now a lot more older I'm filling the gaps :))
Also is worth to mention that the audible narration was impecable and very pleasant to hear.
I think the plot is simplistic. I enjoy reading young adult literature, so this is not about me being "too old" for this genre. It seems to have taken 6 years for Lewis to write this book, and I can see why he had trouble getting comfortable with it.
"The Magician's Nephew" is the "Genesis" of the land of Narnia. The book explores such relevant themes as creation, sin, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Diggory Kirk has come to stay with his Aunt Lettie and eccentric Uncle Andrew Ketterley. He struggles with the illness of his mother and longs to be back in the country with his father, who is away in India. When Diggory meets a girl named Polly Plummer, and they mistakenly enter his Uncle Andrew's study on a rainy afternoon, the adventure begins.
This production is solid and an almost word-for-word dramatization of Lewis' book. The voice actors are fantastic, and David Suchet's joyful and strong portrayal of Aslan, the Great Lion, is unsurpassed. Elizabeth Counsel is chilling as Jadis, the Last Great Empress of Charn, a world that she herself destroys. Her voice is smooth as silk, yet it has the ability to throb with menace whenever necessary. The temptation scene will make you shudder. The actor portraying Uncle Andrew is both chilling and amusing by turns. Paul Scofield, the Storyteller, has the wonderful ability to remind me of a loving grandfather relating a tale to his grandchildren.
My favorite aspect of this story is the Creation scene in which Aslan's Song brings Narnia to life. What beautiful imagery, and how true that our own creativity mirrors the ultimate Creator of us all.
Please give this dramatization a chance. God bless you.
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