The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
Fear not! May’s book of the month is here…a month later. I apologize for being so late, but here it is with June’s book to be posted shortly.
If you will, please join me in entering the land of Narnia as we read through the seven-part series. I read to book four or five back in the day, but for some reason never finished the series. After years of saying that I should, the time has come to do so. I debated whether I should pick up in the middle or start from the beginning. Eventually, it was decided to start over, which I’m glad I did because there was a lot I had forgotten. Let’s dive into Book One of this great series.
The story begins with Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, two children living in London in the year 1900. Digory and his sick mother are living with his Uncle Andrew, who is a wannabe magician. This, of course, makes Digory the magician’s nephew. Uncle Andrew has found rings that will transport anyone who touches them to another world, though he has been too afraid to use them and has only sent animals. He eventually tricks Polly and Digory into going where they find many ponds that lead to different worlds. They soon find an old world called Charn and through temptation, Digory unleashes an evil queen who is a witch. She does harm in our world before she is taken to the Nothing with the children, Uncle Andrew, and a cabby with his horse. Something that will play a role in later books (from what I remember) is that the witch brings back a lampost (because she is part giant and used it as a weapon in our world) and drops it in Narnia, where it grows into a tall lampost that remains lit. Suddenly, singing from a great Lion brings life to this world and he calls in Narnia. With the witch being there, the humans have already brought evil into this virgin world. The Lion, Aslan, tells Digory to bring back a silver apple and at the tree, he meets the witch who tempts him to take the apple to his mother to heal her. Thankfully, he resists and plants the apple with Aslan, who says this tree will protect Narnia from the witch for years, but man will have to save the land once and for all. The humans return to our world, where Digory gives his mother a silver apple with Aslan’s blessing and she is healed. The book ends looking forward to a time when Narnia might need help again.
Again, I am very pleased I started with the first book because I had forgotten so much. It was a great read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It sets up the world of Narnia exceptionally well and makes me want to keep reading the series. I hope you will, too!
Thank you very much for reading and onto the most famous book in the series: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!