This is the story of four siblings who stumble through a wardrobe into a different world. They discover magic, monsters and their destiny.
One Christmas, when I was 11 or 12, my mother gave me The Chronicles of Narnia. It ignited a lifelong love of fantasy fiction and reading.
“Peter! Susan! It’s all true. Edmund has seen it too. There is country you can get to through the wardrobe. Edmund and I both got in. We met one another in there, in the wood.” pg 40.
I get the criticisms of this series- that it is heavy handed with its symbolism.
But, when I read it as a child, all of that slipped right over my head. All I knew, was that this was an adventure and I loved it.
The White Witch is one of the best villains in children’s literature: “As for you,” said the Witch, giving Edmund a stunning blow on the face as she re-mounted the sledge, “let that teach you to ask favour for spies and traitors. Drive on!” And Edmund for the first time in this story felt sorry for someone besides himself.” pg 113.
She opposes Aslan, a great golden lion and the ruler of Narnia, who hasn’t been seen for an age: “And now,” said Aslan presently, “to business. I feel I m going to roar. You had better put your fingers in your ears.” And they did. And Aslan stood up and when he opened his mouth to roar his face became so terrible that they did not dare to look at it.” pg 161.
The film did a solid job capturing the magic of this story, but nothing compares to the book.
“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia.” pg 186.
In fact, just writing up this review makes me want to read them all again.
I’ll see you on the other side of the wardrobe…
Thanks for reading!