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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.