How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Beth.
When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory’s peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew’s magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.
Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.
I couldn’t recall reading this book when I was younger, but then parts of it came flooding back to me. The Magician’s Nephew was the sixth Narnia book that was published, but it precedes The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe if you want to read it in chronological order. It tells the story of how Narnia came about.
I thought that The Magician’s Nephew was really gripping at the start. As I mentioned, memories of reading it kept on flooding back. When I got halfway through, I began to feel a little unsatisfied with it. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good and enjoyable book. I just didn’t feel as engaged with the story as I wanted to be, or would want a child to be. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is definitely more appealing in my eyes, than this book. One aspect of C.S Lewis’ writing that I still enjoy is the beautiful prose. I still find it incredibly descriptive and a pleasure to read.
Analysing the book as an adult is a completely different experience to reading it as a child. I found the treatment of women quite unusual. I also picked up on a lot more Christian metaphors. I guess as a child, I didn’t really see the significance of it, but it could almost be used in a Religious Education lesson!
Religious significances aside, I think it is an enjoyable book, but certainly not the best piece of literature out there for children.
For Beth’s review, please check her brilliant post HERE.
Would I recommend it?: