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This is a fantasy novel for children written by C.S.Lewis. It was first published in 1950.
It brings the reader back to Narnia, where the fight of good and evil occurs and some children will play an important part on that fight.
In 1940, four children are evacuated from London to escape the German’s attack on the city and they are sent to live with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives in the countryside.
In a rainy day the children start exploring the Professor’s house and Lucy finds a wardrobe in an empty room. She finds out that the wardrobe is a door to a snow-covered magical world. There she meets a faun (Mr. Tumnus) that tells her about Narnia and its ruler, the White Witch (Jadis), who makes it to be always winter but never Christmas at Narnia.
Lucy goes back through the wardrobe to London, but none or her siblings believe in her adventures. Days later Edmund follows Lucy into the wardrobe and they ended up in Narnia, but Edmund fails to catch up with Lucy and encounters instead a pale lady (the White Witch) that introduces herself as the Queen of Narnia. She enchants him with magical Turkish delight and promises to make him Prince and eventually King of Narnia if he brings the other children to her castle. After the witch drives on, Lucy finds Edmund in the woods and they return together through the wardrobe. Edmund betrays Lucy denying having been in Narnia to his other siblings.
A few days later, all four children hide in the wardrobe and find themselves in Narnia. Lucy guides them to Mr. Tumnus’s cave, but they find out that Mr. Tumnus has been arrested. A pair of talking beavers shelter the children and they recount an ancient prophecy that the witch’s power will fail when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve fill the four thrones at Cair Paravel. The beavers then tell them that the true king of Narnia, a great lion called Aslan, was absent for many years, but is now on the move again.
Edmund steals away to the witch’s castle and the others set off to find Aslan when they realize that they have been betrayed by Edmund. A penitent Edmund is rescued just as the witch is about to kill him. Calling for a truce, the witch demands that Edmund should be returned to her, as an ancient law gives her possession of all traitors. Aslan offers himself in Edmund’s place and the witch accepts the trade.
Alan is sacrificed by the witch, but comes back to life because “when one who is blameless willingly dies on behalf of the guilty, he may return to life”.
In a final battle, the witch is defeated and killed by Aslan. The children become kings and queens of Narnia and spend fifteen years reigning there. When they return to London through the wardrobe, they find themselves children again. Their years in Narnia have taken no more than a few seconds of time on this side of the door. They explain their adventures to the Professor, who tells them that they would return to Narnia one day.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has biblical allusions, where Aslan is a Christ-like figure who suffers a death of atonement and returns to life in a way similar to Christ's crucifixion and resurrection.
The main characters are Peter Pevensie, Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie, Jadis (the White Witch), Aslan (the lion), Mr. Tumnus (the faun).
This is absolutely a must-read book. It makes you want to read all the books from this series “Chronicles of Narnia”.
My Rate: 5 Stars
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