The Magician's NephewBook - 1983
Narnia . . . a land frozen in eternal winter . . . a country waiting to be set free
Witness the creation of a magical land in The Magician's Nephew, the first title in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has captivated readers of all ages for over sixty years. This paperback features cover art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and black-and-white interior art by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.
On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another world, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.
This is a stand-alone novel, but if you want to journey back to Narnia, read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
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"When you were last here," said Aslan, "that hollow was a pool, and when you jumped into it you came to the world where a dying sun shone over the ruins of Charn. There is no pool now. That world is ended, as if it had never been. Let the race of Adam and Eve take warning." "Yes, Aslan," said both the children. But Polly added, "But we're not quite as bad as that world, are we, Aslan?" "Not yet, Daughter of Eve," he said. "Not yet. But you are growing more like it. It is not certain that some wicked one of your race will not find out a secret as evil as the Deplorable Word and use it to destroy all living things. And soon, very soon, before you are an old man and an old woman, great nations in your world will be ruled by tyrants who care no more for joy and justice and mercy than the Empress Jadis. Let your world beware. That is the warning..."
“You have a traitor there, Aslan," said the Witch. Of course everyone present knew that she meant Edmund. But Edmund had got past thinking about himself after all he'd been through and after the talk he'd had that morning. He just went on looking at Aslan. It didn't seem to matter what the Witch said.”
“all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”
“When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving like a lunatic, there was an inquiry into the whole thing. And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an Inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after.”
“But very quickly they all became grave again: for, as you know, there is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”
“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”
“To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.”
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”
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blue_owl_15 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 14
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Polly and Digory become friend and Digory's uncle who sends them to a forest with many pools with magical rings. The jump into a pool and Digory rings a bell and wakes up an old Queen. The Queen accidentally comes home with them when they put on a different ring. The Queen goes around London with Digory's uncle and creates craziness. Then they all ,including a horse and caddy, try to take the Queen home. They end up in a place that is all dark. They hear a lion singing and witness the creation of Narnia. Some animals are chosen to talk and the horse is one of them. Digory goes to talk to the lion about saving his mother and is sent on a quest for a silver apple with Polly and the now talking winged horse. Meanwhile, Digory's uncle is captured by the animals and chooses to hear barking and growling instead of talking. The Queen is in the garden where the silver apple is and she is eating one. Digory is tempted but does not eat it and brings it back to the lion. The apple is planted, Digory's uncle sleeps, the King and Queen (the caddy and his wife) are crowned, and Digory takes an apple from the new tree to save his mom. Digory plants the apple core in London, and when it is knocked down by a big storm it is created into a wardrobe which is placed in a large house where Digory now lives since his family became rich when a rich relative dies. And that is where the magic begins!
The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the origins of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle. They encounter Jadis (The White Witch) in the dying world of Charn, and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about the world are answered as a result.
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