The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia

8.5 / 10

I was keen on having my hands on a Chronicles of Narnia book after seeing “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” on the silver screen. And then later on, the “Prince Caspian” movie, exceeding my expectations of its quality coming from its prequel.

All along then, I was expecting that the Narnia Series is a movie trilogy and will be having its last contribution to the story of a Narnia movie soon. I was eager on at least reading first the last part of it’s series before seeing it’s movie adaptation (as I have this notion that no movie can be better than the book).

And so borrowing a book from a friend, I didn’t expect that it is a book written particularly for children till I began reading its first few pages. I can understand the illustrations in every beginning of a story, but the narration of it? You’ll hear me say to myself after reading the first chapter: Umm.. ok, so this is obviously not for my age.

The book consists of all the C.S. Lewis’ titles about Narnia, seven titles of different stories. Aslan being the consistent character to all.

According to Wikipedia.org, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the first book written by C.S. Lewis which is now the book number two of the Narnia Series. It is followed then by its prequel story, The Magician’s Nephew, not having the Pevensie children as the main protagonists. Then came the other books like Prince Caspian, The Last Battle, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Horse and His Boy, and The Silver Chair.

If you are a Christian and an avid reader of the Bible (of which I’ve not yet been doing). You can notice a lot similarities of the gospels/stories to C.S. Lewis’ novel. There are many, I will just mention a few of those. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you not reading the details or I can say spoilers below:

1. Digory being inquisitive about the magical bell woke up the evil witch — Adam and Eve, taking a bite out of the apple of Eden.

2. Aslan the sole creator of Narnia is not the god, but only a son of the Emperor beyond the Sea — Jesus Christ, the son of God sent to the earth.

3. Aslan’s sacrifice and resurrection in order to save Edmund from the White Witch — Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection.

4. Peter Pevensie being the High King among the other Kings and Queens of Narnia — The very name of the leader of the Disciples of Christ and the foundation of the Church.

5. Calormenes, having a different god and having the same dress from those with Islamic and Hindu culture — Those who are with different religions, particularly in the middle east.

6. Only children of our world are allowed to be transported to the realm of Narnia (Peter and Susan weren’t given a chance to go back to Narnia after giving the throne to Prince Caspian because of their age) — A gospel from The Bible of which I don’t know the exacts words but it says the message: No one can enter the kingdom of God without having the heart of a child.

These are all I can remember at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll get to recall some of the similarities once in a while. Besides, won’t it be more interesting if you can point out the others? –right, I know its a lame excuse. =P

It is a first for me to read a children’s book so I cannot say that it is the best among its genre. But it is a must read if you welcome the fantasy world of C.S. Lewis of Narnia after seeing its first movie installment. You won’t get to appreciate the book though if you are expecting the excitement and thrills the movie delivered. You have to be a fan, with eagerness and curiosity of learning more of Narnia.

P.S. The next movie, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”, will be out come 2010.

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