Advented: day three

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Day three– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Cover of the bookThere’s something inescapably magical in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. I remember reading them as a child and finding myself so easily lost, completely engrossed, in the world he creates. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Narnia is a cold and harsh place, but that sense of pervasive despair is offset by the warmth of many of the characters. Don’t be mistaken however: although there are talking animals, this is no mere children’s story.

With themes of betrayal central to the plot, Lewis weaves a narrative which is dark enough to be genuinely scary for children and enticing for adults reading it sat in front of a fire on a cold winter’s eve. I enjoy it even now as a notional grown-up. As a staunch atheist I find the religious themes of his later books to be somewhat tiresome, but here writing the first of his Narnia novels he hits the perfect balance between allegory and original narrative.

Find yourself a copy, read it and I challenge you not to find yourself wholly transported to that magical land beyond the wardrobe…


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