The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
Well, where to begin? I first read this book as a school project at the ripe old age of 11 and here I am almost exactly 10 years later reading it for a second time. And yes, the magic still holds true! Why did I read it again? Well, the recent film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", reminded me just how beautiful a novel it is. C.S. Lewis writes in a way which drags his reader into Narnia along with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.
The story begins with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy being evacuated to the English countryside during the war. They are shipped off to a huge house in the country where they should be safe from the effects of the war. They seem to have fallen on their feet, the house is amazing and they have lots of fun exploring it. During a game of hide and seek, Lucy, the youngest of the four siblings hides in a huge Wardrobe where she disappears through a mass of fur coats and emerges in a snowy wood by a lamppost. Lucy meets a faun, Tumnus, who almost kidnaps her but then helps her back through the wardrobe into England once more. Back in England Lucy finds it hard to convince her brothers and sisters as it seems no time has passed at all since her entering the wardrobe.
On another occasion, Edmund (the bratty sibling) manages to enter the wardrobe just after Lucy and bumps into the Snow Queen of Narnia (read White Witch). She feeds him Turkish delight and Sherbet in order to convince him her way is right. His task is to lead the others into Narnia so she can meet the Two Sons of Adam and the Two Daughters of Eve. In spite, Edmund tells Peter and Susan that he was only playing along with Lucy's lies about Narnia.
After much forgiveness from Lucy the four begin exploring and having fun again. Whilst playing Cricket one day they break a window and think the Professer (the owner of the house) will be mad at them so they decide to hide for a while...in THE wardrobe. Finally, the four enter Narnia together......
Tumnus' cave-house is wrecked; the robin and the badgers help Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy out. Edmund sneaks off to the White Witch's castle where she imprisons him for not bringing the others. While the White Witch sets off after Peter, Susan and Lucy the beavers lead the three siblings to Aslan?s gathering. On the way they come across Santa Claus and are given a gift each, Peter a sword and shield, Susan an enchanted horn and a bow and arrow and Lucy is given a diamond bottle containing a healing elixir.
The three children meet with Aslan and are told there?s to be a great battle with the White Witch?s army. The White Witch says that the old laws of Narnia allow her to sacrifice Edmund as a traitor, but Aslan steps in and offers his life for Edmund?s.
The old magic comes into play when Aslan is sacrificed on the stone table, Susan and Lucy watch as he is killed and then resurrected. By the time he has arisen, the great battle is underway amongst the Narnians and the White Witch?s army of ghastly creatures.
Aslan heads to the White Witch?s castle to free the creatures that have been placed under the Witch?s spell of Stone. By breathing on Tumnus and a hoard of other beasts Aslan raises an army to help Peter?s effort against the White Witch.
In the end the Narnians are victorious, freeing Narnia from the reign of the White Witch. Narnia is no longer trapped in its eternal winter. Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are hailed as heroes and crowned the Kings and Queens of Narnia. Peter is the High King and the others serve under him.
A long time passes in Narnia and Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy?s days in England become a distant memory until one day they stumble across the lamppost once more. The Kings and Queens decide to have an adventure like no other and soon find themselves fighting through thickets of fur coats and out through the door of the wardrobe back into the Mansion House. It seems that no time has passed at all; tare no longer Kings and Queens but are once more young children.
What an enchanting tale?my analysis is nowhere near the experience of reading it for your self; the magic and mysteries contained within the front and back cover are spellbinding, you must delve into Narnia and discover its charm for yourself. Please, please, please I implore you?get the book and reat it, it?s the only way!