How- To Become a Narnian

“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

Illustrations by Pauline Baynes

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis  is something you must read. I first read these books when I was  eight years old, after that I have (naturally) re-read them countless times. Narnia consist of 7 books: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician’s Nephew & The Last Battle. The books are well-written,enjoyable to read and they open you a whole new world.  I think the chronicles turn a bit nostalgic and bittersweet, especially towards the end.

“Things never happen the same way twice.”
― C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

Illustrated map by Pauline Baynes

I love when writers talk to readers and Lewis does that in the  storyteller voice “I hope you won’t lose all interest in Jill for the rest of the book if I tell you that at this moment she began to cry. ” One thing that really bothers me about Narnia is what happens to Susan. Nylons, lipstick, and party invitations… Actually, I won’t even go there, I still don’t get it.

I would give these chronicles 9,5/10

“Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

How-To Read The Chronicles of Narnia

1. It’s long, doesn’t matter, just read it. I think this book is perfect for anyone who is imaginative.  I would recommend to read the one with all books, they are good invidually but compact form makes it better.  I love the ones with illustrations.
2. You will love the characters (yes,they have their flaws),  especially Aslan,
3. Beware.  It might seem like there are Christian symbols, references to bible everywhere (oh and Greek Mythology). You can ignore this if you want to.
4. Don’t try to hide in every wardrobe you see. Only the most convincing ones.
5. I think the movies of the first and second part are (more than) good. Books are always better than movies but in this case movies (by director Andrew Adamson draw close). Watch them.

Puzzle. Pauline Baynes

“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

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  1. They were my first book set and my pride and joy as I bought them myself. But the girl that sat next to me at school had them in a wraparound case which was annoying as I didn’t.

  2. Beautiful review. I think no reader is truly complete without reading Lewis, particularly the Narnia books. They are incredibly mind-expanding. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, thank you! :) Agreed, I think there are some books that give you the status of being a reader and The Chronicles of Narnia are definitelty one of those.

  3. Funnily enough,I am eyeing a Folio Society edition of C.S.Lewis’s Screwtape Letters!

    Sadly I haven’t read any Narnia book.I’m more of the Harry Potter generation.
    However I will definitely give them a go one day,as I’ve heard great things said about this series!
    Your post is truly amazing as your words are full of passion and the large pictures,beautiful! :)

    1. Thank you very much!! :) Always glad when people enjoy what I post! :)

      Haha, how is it possible that person like you who (judged by your blog) has read so much hasn’t read Narnia :o But yes, you absolutely must read them one day! :) I can guarantee enjoyable reading experience. Hey… Harry Potter …have to review them in some point ^^

  4. I love the Silver Chair. It is a tie between that and The Horse and His Boy… I was just thinking “I hope they do a movie” but then I love it so much I’m not sure a movie could ever do it justice.

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