Reviewing The Classics: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.W. Lewis

Classic series by C.S. Lewis and one of my all time favorites!
Classic series by C.S. Lewis and one of my all time favorites!

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Stables Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a land where magic meets reality, and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

This edition presents all seven books—unabridged—in one impressive volume. The books are presented here according to Lewis’ preferred order, each chapter graced with an illustration by the original artist, Pauline Baynes. Deceptively simple and direct, The Chronicles of Narnia continue to captivate fans with adventures, characters, and truths that speak to readers of all ages, even fifty years after they were first published.

My Review:

Believe it or not, I had not read this classic series by C.S. Lewis until a few years ago (before the movies came out) when I needed something to listen to in the car.  I found this entire series on audio CD produced in “Radio Theater” format and I was completely enchanted by the series.  Although Mr. Lewis did not write the books in chronological order, I listened to them that way and followed Digory and Polly in

The prelude to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
The prelude to The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

between worlds as they watched Aslan sing Narnia into being and their unfortunate encounter with the White Queen which set the stage for the entire series.  Following The Magician’s Nephew, I devoured The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle.  Then I listened to them again.  Then, I read them.  The more I explored the books, the more I discovered, not only a delightful children’s story, but a deeper mature tale of good versus evil that has its roots in the bible.  This is a wonderful series for children and adults alike and I cannot recommend this series enough.  

The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

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