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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is so well known it is difficult to believe it was only first published in 1950!

I’ve never read any of the Narnia book, although I did see the film of Prince Caspian, in part because some of it was filmed near where I live.

Cathedral Cove

My memory of the film was…well, I don’t have much memory of it. So that probably means it was perfectly pleasant.

As was this book, for the most part although there were parts that were generally enthralling.

Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy were sent to live in the country during WWII because of the air raids. There adventures started when Susan climbed into a wardrobe…

I loved that these were children with normal human failings. In fact, Edmund was a bit of a villain & quite selfish. As I have said, parts were enthralling, but I found parts near the end disjointed & just a generally odd ways to handle things.

I have a kindle copy of The Magician’s Nephew I’m undecided if I will read that next (it is a prequel for this book) or read the books in the order they were written.

& a word about the artwork.

The cover for this edition (by Stephen Lavis) [bookcover:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe|1551102]- really good, really evocative. But the original interior b/w illustrations by Paula Baynes – not so much. I’d recommend looking for an edition with more inspired artwork.

Read as part of Retro Reads Reading Challenge (a Goodreads Group that I moderate – check it out sometime!)

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