To me, the book title- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – had seemed quite odd. It had indeed perked up my curiosity. It felt like an odd combination- a Lion, a Witch, and a Wardrobe! What relation could those three possibly have with each other? Though, in some scenario, I could picture the Lion and the Witch together, I just couldn’t fit in a wardrobe, unless of course the Lion and the Witch were trapped in a wardrobe and couldn’t get it open😀 Thankfully, my ridiculous conjectures came to a stop after I purchased the box set of The Chronicles of Narnia series and was finally able to understand the relation between The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. After reading the book, this is what I have to say- If you are looking for a story with a brilliant plot, likable characters, impeccable writing style, and a great adventure then look no further than The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia- Publication Order- 1)
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: First published October 16th, 1950. This edition- 2005
Genres: Children’s Fantasy, High Fantasy
From Goodreads: When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to stay with a kind professor who lives in the country, they can hardly imagine the extraordinary adventure that awaits them.
It all begins one rainy summer day when the children explore the professor’s rambling old house. When they come across a room with an old wardrobe in the corner, Lucy immediately opens the door and gets inside. To her amazement, she suddenly finds herself standing in the clearing of a wood on a winter after-noon, with snowflakes falling through the air. Lucy has found Narnia, a magical land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals — and the beautiful but evil White Witch, who has held the country in eternal winter for a hundred years.
Though published first, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book of The Chronicles of Narnia series. The story takes place several decades after the events of The Magician’s Nephew. In this book, the readers are swept to London during World War ∏ and introduced to four siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy- who stumble onto the magical wardrobe, which takes them to the world of Narnia. It is in Narnia, where they embark on a journey that challenges them, shapes them and changes their lives forever.
I have always felt that stories which enlighten us with invaluable life lessons are forever embedded in our hearts and minds. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one such story, which imparts ample wisdom and morals for every child to treasure. In this book, C.S.Lewis has written each character with exceptional depth. While reading, I was amazed at how each of the four siblings transform into a better human being at every stage of the novel. The transformation of four ordinary children from London into Royals of Narnia shows that everyone is born with great potential, which if harnessed in the right way can lead to a great destiny. I adored the responsible nature of Peter and Susan and loved the innocence of Lucy. I also admired Edmund’s regret for his mistakes and his efforts to make amends. What struck me the most is this- harmony is the key element in any family or relationship; it is the string that holds everything together.
Besides the four Pevensie children, I found Aslan’s character very inspiring. He is what a leader should be like- wise, stern, and just. Aslan portrayed how important is the quality of self-sacrifice in a leader. The relationship between Lucy and Aslan is depicted in a lovely manner and so is the encounter between Lucy and Mr.Tumnus.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a wonderful children’s classic, which is a must read for every child. I believe it is such a lovely story brimming with values of love, kindness, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, and harmony, that even adults would be delighted to read it. It is a story which shall remain evergreen for ages to come.