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					Title:
C. S. Lewis: The Magician's Nephew

Word Count:
461

Summary:
"The Magician's Nephew is chronolog
ically the first book in the Narnia
 series by C. S. Lewis. Set about 5
0 Years before the events in "The L
ion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", i
t describes how the land of Narnia
came into being.
Keywords:
Narnia, C. S. Lewis, Lion, Witch, W
ardrobe, children's literature, fan
tasy

Article Body:
"The Magician's Nephew is chronolog
ically the first book in the Narnia
 series by C. S. Lewis. Set about 5
0 Years before the events in "The L
ion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", i
t describes how the land of Narnia
came into being.
If you watched the recent movie "Th
e Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
, you might have wondered about two
  details: why does a wardrobe lead
into the magical land of Narnia, an
d why does Lucy find a lantern burn
ing in the middle of a forest?

"The Magician"s Nephew" answers the
se questions (though I will not giv
e the answers away in this review)
and many more. The novel contains t
he genesis (literally) of the entir
e Narnia cycle.

The story begins in late 19th-centu
ry London, when two children, Polly
 and Digory accidentally enter the
secret study of Digory's eccentric
uncle Andrew while exploring a pass
age that connects the attics of sev
eral houses.

The uncle is actually a magician, a
nd he tricks Polly and his nephew i
nto performing an experiment involv
ing magic rings. These rings transp
ort the children into the "Wood bet
ween the Worlds", a quiet forest th
at contains numerous small pools se
rving as gates to other worlds. Pol
ly and Digory jump into one of the
pools and explore the ruined city o
f Charn, where Digory is faced with
 a great temptation. A sign on a sm
all bell next to a sleeping woman p
roclaims:

     Make your choice, adventurous St
ranger,
     Strike the bell and bide the dan
ger,
     Or wonder, till it drives you ma
d,
     What would have followed if you
had.

Digory is unable to resist and stri
kes the bell, which has momentous c
onsequences. The sound awakens the
woman, Empress Jadis, who had destr
oyed the entire city of Charn with
a curse thousands of years ago. She
 manages to follow the children to
London, and scenes of hilarious may
hem ensue.

Eventually, the two children, the u
ncle, the cruel Empress and a cabbi
e and his horse are transported bac
k to the Wood between the Worlds an
d from there to a new world that is
 just coming into being - Narnia.

The creation of Narnia is described
  in poetic detail, and afterwards D
igory has to atone for his earlier
mistake by resisting another tempta
tion - the fruit from the forbidden
  tree. The history of Narnia begins
, but the shadow of evil (the Empre
ss will one day return as the White
  Witch) and the future necessity of
  Aslan's sacrifice are already hint
ed at.

Sound plays an important role in th
is novel: there is the drowsy still
ness of the Wood between the Worlds
, the barren silence of the city of
  Charn shattered by the bell, the h
armony of the celestial spheres and
  the creative song of Aslan's voice
. All this makes "The Magician"s Ne
phew" a true prelude to Narnia.

				
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