Now, I am someone who is really a sucker for an intriguing title.
And most definitely, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is a very intriguing title for me. I mean, how will all those three connect?
I really have no idea until I get to read the book. And I must say when I finished it, that it is more than just an intriguing title. It has quickly become a favorite for me.
Let me tell you why.
I first read the book sometime in my first year in high school in a time when I was quite obsessed with detective stories and Nancy Drew. As with James and the Giant Peach, I came across this book while searching for Nancy Drew books. I admit I get to be sidetracked from what I looked for most of the time. I can’t help it.
There are too many greats books in existence and I really wish I could read them all. (Sigh.)
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is the second book in the series, after The Magician’s Nephew. It has also been adapted into a movie that I loved too. It narrates the story of four children who were transported into another world (Narnia) when they entered the wardrobe.
Now you see, how the wardrobe came to be in the title.
The first who really discovered Narnia through the wardrobe was Lucy, the youngest of the siblings.
“This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!” thought Lucy, going still further in and pushing the soft folds of the coats aside to make room for her. Then she noticed that there was something crunching under her feet. “I wonder is that more moth balls?” she thought, stooping down to feel it with her hands. But instead of feeling the hard, smooth wood of the floor of the wardrobe, she felt something soft and powdery and extremely cold. “This is very queer,” she said, and went on a step or two further.”
-The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Lucy is a lovable child, warm, kind-hearted and has the highest sense of adventure among them all. The first time she came into Narnia, he met the Faun, Mr. Tumnus who was really tasked by the White Witch to look for the Sons and Daughters of Adam and Eve.As I said in The Magician’s Nephew, The Chronicles of Narnia is rich with Christian symbolisms and this is evident in this characterization of the four children as the Sons and Daughters of Eve. But this fact doesn’t really make the story moralizing or affronting.
Amazed at the discovery of an entirely different world, Lucy told his brothers and sisters about Narnia. But they didn’t believe her until they themselves soon found themselves in Narnia.
At that moment when the children came, the whole Narnia has been under the spell of the White Witch and it will be up to the children to save Narnia from her evil. It is very interesting to follow the children through their adventures in the frosty land of Narnia as they encounter magical creatures and talking animals, experience betrayal from among themselves, and meet Aslan, the Lion who is the High King of Narnia(there go the Lion and the Witch part of the title).
As Aslan made the ultimate sacrifice and the children who were established to be the Kings and Queens of Narnia, fought in a battle against the evil witch, we are made to witness a triumphant war of the good against the evil and the restoration of peace in Narnia.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is truly a wonderful and exciting tale that one will remember for years. C.S. Lewis has effectively written an engrossing adventure and magical world. This is a highly recommended read that serves not only to entertain but to teach children about love, bravery, standing up for what is right and how betrayal could hurt people.
“I think – I don’t know – but I think I could be brave enough.”
-Lucy Pevensie, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
It’s one of the best books that I’ve read so far.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Age Level: 9+