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December 31, 2015
This is the first book where I chronicled my thoughts as I read through it with my son. I don't know how easy it is for y'all to access the record of those here on Goodreads, but if you're looking for a detailed account of my thoughts on the book, you can look there.

I'll say this. I've read a lot of books to my little boy these last couple years, and I can honestly say that This book is among the best. Good, tight writing, good description. Good action. Also there's not a lot of dead space or trashy empty dialogue that just seems to be there to take up space. (That's become a particular peeve lately. And when you're reading a book aloud, it becomes really obvious.)

The British slang will be a stumbling block to some. But it's not too bad. And there were a few slight pieces of sexism that I ignored, skipped over, or re-worded on the fly. But honestly, this book was written 60 years ago, and you need to cut it a little slack because of that. And in my opinion, it only needs a little slack. Truth be told, I've read books written this year that have ten times the sexism this one does.

Also, I'd like to make it clear that this is the FIRST book of the Narnia Chronicles. This is where you start the series. I'm sorry if you read them in the wrong order, but if you did, it's better than you admit it now, come to grips, and move on with your life knowing the truth.
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December 10, 2020

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One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.
It's like C.S. Lewis was speaking to me. I never read these as a child but now that I'm in my mid-twenties, I'm feeling the urge to visit all those childhood classics I never read. And I'm so glad I did.
Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.
Four siblings on a rainy day play hide-and-seek. The youngest discovers an incredible secret in the back of the old wardrobe in their uncle's house. After a fair amount of convincing, she and her three siblings set out to explore and are soon whisked into the land of Narnia.
Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you!

Could you imagine a more magical world? I've watched the movie as a kid but reading the book? It's 110% better. The amazing characters - from Mr. Tumnus to the White Queen - just tie this story together. Unforgettable.

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Read by Michael York and this was a pleasure to listen to. I felt like a little kid being read to!

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April 11, 2020
“If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dream.”

The real world is boring; it’s mundane, unimaginative and dry. So humans create fantasy as a means of escape. We watch movies or go to the theatre to see something more interesting than the standard realities of the everyday. We paint pictures and gaze up at the stars. We play video games and roleplay. We dream. Authors like C.S Lewis and J.K Rowling show us this miserable world; they show us its tones of grey. Then underneath it all they reveal something spectacular: they reveal fantasy.

So we have four rather ordinary children about to embark on an extraordinary adventure. As a child I used to always daydream. I’ve always been somewhat introverted and would prefer imagining faraway places than existing in the now. I still do this as an adult. And this is why I love fantasy so much because it is so immersive; it literally takes my mind away. Lucy, Susan, Edward and Peter are the lucky ones. When they stumble across the wardrobe, the gateway into a more interesting realm, they experience something spectacular.

“She did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one.”


Sure, there’s a war going on. And, certainly, there’s an evil witch going around murdering people. But, for me, that’d be a price worth paying. For in Narnia there is also Aslan and a whole bunch of interesting characters. There is hope, magic and companionship. The wise old Aslan though is the star of the show. He sacrifices himself for his friends, for his people. Though one issue I have with the book, and one that makes me very much aware of the text as a construct, is the questions over why Aslan actually needed to the four children. He pretty much deals with the problems by himself. There’s prophecy involved, but on a plot level he clearly could have sorted this mess out without any outside interference.

I’ve seen a lot of hate over these books because of the Christian allegories involved in the storytelling. Now I find this somewhat stupid. I’m not a Christian, far from it, but you can’t really criticise a book because of this. It’s incredibly naïve. It would be like judging Jane Eyre based on its feminism aspects or Shakespeare’s exploration of colonialism in The Tempest. It’s silly. This book is, undeniable, full of Christian dogmatism. But it’s what the author wanted it to be. If you read Tolkien’s work there are so many allusions the world wars; this doesn’t affect the overall storytelling. It’s simply what is there. Read this with an open mind, as an English Literature student, I read the bible. I don’t believe the words inside, but I can still enjoy the experience. And this story is no different. Take it for what it is.

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”


And that’s something special. I do, however, much prefer the works of Tolkien. I feel that his writing is more universal in terms of age audience. With this though, I’m very much aware of it as a children’s book. The prose is designed to sound like a children’s bedtime story in places. That’s not exactly a bad thing though. I love Narnia but I can, at least from my perspective, objectively say that Tolkien was a better writer. Though what Narnia does have is Aslan. It’s hard not to Aslan. Wouldn’t it be just wonderful if he met Gandalf? Could you imagine the stories those two could share? I'm dreaming again.

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April 27, 2015
My greatest disappointment in 'The Screwtape Letters' was that Lewis was not able to demonstrate what made his good people good or his bad people bad. The closest he got to defining goodness was that you could tell the good people from the vague aura of light that surrounded them--and which even shone in their cat. In this book, the cat is much bigger.

Aslan had no character, he was just a big, dull stand-in. Lewis often tells us how great he is, but never demonstrates what it is that makes him great or impressive. Sure, he helps the kids, but all that makes him is a plot facilitator. He also has his big Jesus moment, but that has the same problem as the original: if he already knows that there will be no lasting negative outcome, how much of a sacrifice is it, really?

But then, Aslan isn't based on the original fig-cursing, church-rejecting, rebel Jesus, but the whitewashed version. Like Mickey Mouse, Jesus started out as an oddball troublemaker with his fair share of personality, but becoming the smiling face of a multinational organization bent on world domination takes a lot out of a mascot, whether your magic castle is in California or Rome.

Such a visible figure must become universally appealing, universally friendly and loving, lest some subset of followers feel left out. And it's this 'Buddy Christ' tradition from which Aslan springs. Devoid of insight, wisdom, or charm, Aslan is just here to do all the things that our protagonists can't do.

This also beggars the question: why didn't Aslan just take care of all this stuff long before the kids arrived? Why did all the animals and fairies and giants have to suffer the pain of an endless winter? We're never given any good reason Aslan had to wait for the kids--since in the end, he does it all on his own, anyways. Sure, Lewis mentions something vague about a prophecy, but in fantasy, prophecy is always a bandaid authors stick over their plot holes: 'Uh, the shlubby nobody is a hero because the prophecy says he is--he defeats the ultimate evil because the prophecy says he can'.

The only thing the kids do is help run the battle, but this is only necessary because Aslan is absent, and he's only absent because the kids screwed up, meaning the entire thing would have gone off without a hitch if they had never showed up in the first place.

In that regard, I have to say Lewis did an excellent job boiling down Christianity into a fable, and leaving the problem of evil completely intact. Some readers suggest that Aslan lets the queen take over to teach the kids a lesson, but is it really worthwhile to let all the inhabitants of a kingdom suffer a century of misery just to teach a few kids about the true meaning of friendship?

The villain is just as poorly-constructed, and seems less concerned with defeating her enemies than with being pointlessly capricious. She manages to trick one of the children, but instead of taking advantage of this fact, she immediately makes it clear that she tricked him. I mean, how did someone that incompetent take over in the first place?

Selectively stupid characters are silly and convenient, especially as villains, because this completely undermines their role as foil. It is impressive when characters overcome challenges, but not when challenges simply crumble before them. The children are lucky the Queen was more of a fart-stealing Old Nick than a Miltonian Satan, otherwise they never would have stood a chance.

It is interesting to look at how many Christian authors have tried to reconcile their faith with complex fairy mythologies; not that Christianity doesn't have its own magical fairy tales, but these other traditions are not exactly compatible. Dante has Virgil lead him through hell, the Buddha was made into a saint, holidays were given new meanings (even if they often kept old symbols and names), and magical monsters were also given a place in the new faith.

In the Middle Ages, monks compiled 'Bestiaries', which described the roles of dragons, unicorns, and real animals in Christian synbolism; there were even century-spanning debates about whether dog-headed men were descended from Adam. These books were rarely accurate, but allowed Christian theology to adopt many stories and superstitions from earlier periods; for instance, the connection between unicorns and virginity or the belief that pelicans fed their own blood to their young, in imitation of communion.

So Lewis' attempt to take myth and adapt it to a Christian cosmology is hardly new--there is a long and storied tradition explored throughout the Chivalric period and recognizable today in books like The Once and Future King, but Lewis doesn't do a very good job of reconciling these disparate mythologies.

Like most Protestants, Lewis' religion was a modern one--not magical and mystical, but reasonable and utilitarian. He did not draw on the elaborate, convoluted apocrypha of hallucinatory monsters and miracles that mystics obsess over, instead, he made a small, sane, reasonable magical world--which rather defeats the point. It is unfortunate that many of today's readers think of Lewis' writings as defining English fairy tales, since his late additions to the genre are not original, nor are they particularly well-executed examples.

Many authors have come to the genre with much more imagination, a deeper sense of wonder, and a more far-reaching exploration of magic. We have examples from Kipling, Lewis Carroll, Dunsany, Eddison, Morris, and even modern updates by Gaiman and Clarke. Lewis, like Tolkien, may be a well-known example, but both are rather short-sighted, and neither one achieves as much as the many talented authors who came before.

I'm not saying Lewis is bad, merely that he is unremarkable, and is hardly preeminent in fantasy, or even in children's fantasy. However, I do think his fundamental message is a bad one, even if he didn't realize he was creating it.

In all his worlds, all his stories, he takes the sorts of people he dislikes, defines them as 'evil', then sets himself apart from them. There is no attempt to comprehend or to come to mutual understanding. I cannot respect a book which encourages people to vilify what they don't understand and to call isolation righteous. If any worldview deserves the epithet of 'evil', it is the sort of willful, prideful, self-indulgent ignorance Lewis displays.

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431 reviews4,214 followers
June 26, 2023
Get your Turkish Delights ready!

Brothers and sisters, Edmund, Peter, Susan, and Lucy discover the world of Narnia by hiding in a wardrobe. However, all is not well in Narnia which has been gripped by the terror of the Witch. Can the Witch finally be defeated once and for all and at what cost?

This book is a quick read and plunges right into the adventure. Within 20 pages, we have been introduced to Narnia which was a welcome relief after reading too many books with extremely long ramp up periods. The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe also knows how to stir the emotions and perfectly described the feelings of disappointment when one of the characters told the truth only to be devastated when her family member does not back her up.

There were some repeat characters from the first book; however, I just did not get enough of the Witch. She says things that are laugh out loud funny. In contrast with The Magician's Nephew, this book did not seem as well written as the first. The first book was not as predictable as this one, and I found it more interesting. This book read more like a feel-good family story. Also, The Magician's Nephew has in my opinion one of the most memorable endings ever written. In The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, the ending was not nearly as remarkable.

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1,219 reviews8,983 followers
April 27, 2019
Y'all are out there watching Avengers: Endgame while I am at home watching the classic 80s cartoon of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. A whole lotta nostalgia going on.

Why am I watching it right now?

Well, I just finished a reread of the book, and it is simply as magical as I remember. It is a well written fantasy story that is not too complex and, therefore, is accessible to young and old alike. It does indeed have Christian allegory, but it is up to you whether you want to read it with that in mind or not.

One thing about the dialogue is that while it is simple, there are some words and phrases that are dated to the time period it was written. Because of this, a dictionary may be helpful every so often throughout the book. One place where Google came in quite handy was in the chapter about Turkish Delight. It might have been more common long ago or in other parts of the world, but I was not quite sure what it is.

Finally, the best part of this reread was that I read it out loud to my 7 and 5 year old. It feels great to pass great books on to them. Also, it was magical to watch how much they enjoyed it. They we're even drawing pictures of the characters and running around the house pretending to look for the wardrobe!

Side note: some versions of the series have this as the first book. Some have it as the second. Even though I have read them all before, I don't really have an opinion on the matter. I think either order is just fine.
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September 7, 2023
I have been a compulsive reader all my adult years - I always read because I was DRIVEN to see how a book ENDS. That is wrong-headed - as any Narnian will tell you. We must read DEVOTEDLY - purely out of Love!

But know what? I'm now an old senior who, as T.S. Eliot says, has been "driven inland by the Trades." For the endless manoeuvring of buying and selling - and by extension treating your life as if it were a means to satisfying ends and nothing else (it's everywhere now) - has driven me deeply back into my soul: yes, even as far as Narnia!

So here I am once again, as I was when I was five and reading picture books - reading DEVOTEDLY.

With Love. It feels SO good.

Now, the first time I reviewed this book I was not ready to read with Love. The storm of agnostic protest my review elicited (as you can see below) "bashed my head in" - as Sylvester always wanted to do to Tweety - and forced my hand.

And my hand had nary a Trump card. What can I say? Politics is not my cuppa.

So here I was, at the start of this July 4th weekend (fast upon our Canada Day) wanting to GO BACK TO MY DREAMS.

And Dream is what I did - gulping down this book in two days.

You know, we Christians LIVE in Narnia. But those folks who carry agendas toil for the White Queen - as does all of Organization Man (a title that hits the nail in the head). You know 'em - the Movers & the Shakers: the Armies of the Night, as Mailer said in 1968.

My friends who first commented below form the political opposition to those Armies, bless 'em all. But my more apolitical friends ignore the melee and keep reading. Devotedly. And they're right...

I plan to join their ranks now, dreaming, like them, my own way to the Wild Blue Yonder:

Narnia, I'm coming back.

You know, when Lewis Carroll's Alice saw THROUGH the Trump cards' wicked hand, she simply shouted, "Why, you're all NOTHING but a pack of cards!" and they all scattered to the four winds, all form without substance.

Let them go.

Enough is enough.

Let's all, gentle readers, abandon the sad sights of the blind leading the blind for the Real world of Narnia, once again.

Let's go back to reading Devotedly...

And LOVING it!
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August 26, 2021
The Lion, The Witch, The Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1), C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fantasy novel for children, by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1950. It is the first published and best known of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956).

Among all the author's books, it is also the most widely held in libraries. Although it was written as well as published first in the series, it is volume two in recent editions, which are sequenced by the stories chronology (the first being The Magician's Nephew).

In 1940, four siblings – Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, whose surname we will learn in a later book is Pevensie – are among many children evacuated from London during World War II to escape the Blitz.

They are sent to the countryside to live with an old professor, later to be named Digory Kirke. Exploring the professor's house, Lucy finds a wardrobe which doubles as a magic portal to a forest in a land called Narnia.

At a lamppost oddly located in the forest, she meets Tumnus, a faun, who invites her to tea in his home. There the faun confesses that he invited her not out of hospitality, but with the intention of betraying her to the White Witch.

The witch has ruled Narnia for years, using magic to keep it frozen in a perpetual winter. She has ordered all Narnians to turn in any humans ("Sons of Adam" or "Daughters of Eve") they come across. But now that he has come to know and like a human, Tumnus repents his original intention and escorts Lucy back to the lamppost. ...

عنوانهای پاپ شده در ایران: «ماجراهای نارنیا کتاب نخست: شیر، کمد، جادوگر»؛ «شیر ساحره و کمد لباس»؛ «ماجراهای نارنیا یک: شیر و کمد و جادوگر»؛ نویسنده: سی (کلایو) اس (استیپلز) لوئیس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2002میلادی

عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا کتاب نخست: شیر، کمد، جادوگر؛ نویسنده: سی (کلایو) اس (استیپلز) لوئیس؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری؛ منوچهر کریم زاده؛ تهران، انتشارات ایران، 1377؛ در 218ص؛ شابک 9646038085؛ چاپ دیگر هرمس، 1379، در 166ص، چاپ بعدی 1382؛ در 16ص؛ شابک 9647100116؛ چاپ سوم 1384؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیا - سده 20م

عنوان: شیر ساحره و کمد لباس؛ نویسنده: سی (کلایو) اس (استیپلز) لوئیس؛ مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران، قدیانی، بنفشه، 1386؛ در 236ص؛ شابک 9644178505؛ چاپ بعدی 1392؛ در 238ص؛ شابک 9789644178504؛

عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا یک: شیر و کمد و جادوگر؛ نویسنده: سی (کلایو) اس (استیپلز) لوئیس؛ مترجم: فریبا کلهر؛ تهران، پنجره، 1387؛ در 168ص؛ شابک 9789648890846؛

عنوان نخستین جلد از سری هفت جلدی رمان سرگذشت «نارنیا»، «شیر، کمد و جادوگر»، است؛ «لوئیس» برای نگارش رمانهای این سری، از شخصیت‌ها و ایده‌ هایی از اساطیر «یونان» و «روم»، و همچنین از افسانه‌ های کهن «بریتانیا»، و «ایرلند»، سود برده‌ اند؛ «نارنیا» دنیایی است، که در آن حیوانات سخن می‌گویند، جادو امری رایج است، و خوبی به جنگ با بدی می‌رود؛ داستان آفرینش «نارنیا» در روز نخست، با آواز «اصلان» شیر، و سخنگو شدن حیوانات، با جادوی او، در کتاب «خواهرزاده ی جادوگر»، و داستان پایانی آن، در کتاب «آخرین نبرد» آمده‌ است؛ اما «ماجراهای سرزمین نارنیا»، انگار برایم همان داستانهای دل انگیز «هزار و یک شب» این دیار هستند؛ چند سال پیشتر، این سری را دو بار خواندم؛ مرا نیز نوجوان، و سرشار از خیال و دلشوره، برای ماجراجوئی کردند؛ شاید راز ماندگاریش نیز، که هم اکنون یکی از آثار کلاسیک ادبیات «بریتانیا» به شمار است، همین باشد؛ داستانهایی ما برای زنده کردن خیال، تعلق داشتن به یک سرزمین، تلاش برای پیروز شدن رویاهای نیک، و سرانجامی خوشرنگ و بوی نگاشته شده اند؛

چکیده: («پیتر»، «سوزان»، «ادموند» و «لوسی پونسی»؛ برای در امان ماندن از بمب‌باران جنگ جهانی دوم در سال 1940میلادی، از «لندن» به خانه پروفسور «دیگوری کریک»، که در حومه ی «انگلستان» است، می‌روند؛ «لوسی» هنگام گشت‌ و گذار در خانه، به طور ناگهانی وارد کمد لباس، و از آنجا به سرزمین جادویی «نارنیا» می‌رود؛ او در آنجا، یک «فان»، به نام آقای «تامنس» را دیدار می‌کند؛ «تامنس» بایست اگر انسان‌ها را دیدار کند، باید آن‌ها را به «جادیس»، جادوگر سفید، و حاکم دروغین «نارنیا»، که «نارنیا» را در زمستانی همیشگی نگاه‌ داشته‌، بسپارد، «تامنس»، «لوسی» را برای نوشیدن چای، به خانه‌ ی خویش می‌برد، او میگوید که نخست میخواسته «لوسی» را به جادوگر سفید تحویل دهد، اما پشیمان شده، و با «لوسی» دوست می‌شود؛ «لوسی» پس از چند ساعت از «نارنیا» باز می‌گردد، و میبیند تنها چند ثانیه از زمین دور‌ بوده‌ است؛ آنگاه که «لوسی» درباره ی «نارنیا» به خواهر و برادرانش می‌گوید، آن‌ها حرف او را باور نمی‌کنند؛ در سفر دوم «لوسی» به «نارنیا»، «ادموند» بدون آنکه «لوسی» دریابد، او را پیگیری و او وارد منطقه‌ ی دیگری از «نارنیا» می‌شود؛ «ادموند» با جادوگر سفید دیدار، و جادوگر «ادموند» را فریب می‌دهد، و به او میباوراند که خواهران و برادرش را، برای شاهزاده شدنشان نزد او بیاورد؛ «لوسی» و «ادموند» به خانه برمی‌گردند، اما «ادموند» پس از آگاهی از جادوگر سفید، وجود «نارنیا» را انکار می‌کند؛ پس از مدتی هر چهار نفر با هم وارد «نارنیا» می‌گردند، و درمییابند که آقای «تامنس» به جرم خیانت توسط جادوگر سفید دستگیر شده‌؛ بچه‌ها با آقا و خانم «بیور» دوست؛ و آقا و خانم «بیور» به آن‌ها درباره ی پیش‌گویی می‌گویند: حکومت جادوگر سفید با نشستن دو پسر آدم و دو دختر حوا بر چهار تاج‌وت��ت پایان می‌یابد، و «اصلان»، حاکم واقعی «نارنیا» پس از چند سال غیبت، به‌ سوی میز سنگی برمیگردد؛ «ادموند» به سوی قلعه ی جادوگر سفید حرکت می‌کند، و در حیاط قلعه دشمنان جادوگر سفید را می‌بیند، که به سنگ بدل شده‌ اند؛ او درباره ی بازگشت «اصلان»، به جادوگر سفید آگاهی می‌دهد؛ جادوگر سفید به سپاهیانش دستور می‌دهد، که خواهران و برادر «ادموند» را بکشند، و خودش در حالی‌که «ادموند» را با طناب بسته، به سوی میز سنگی حرکت می‌کند؛ در همین حال آقا و خانم «بیور» متوجه می‌شوند که «ادموند» به نزد جادوگر سفید رفته‌، و بچه‌ها را به سوی میز سنگی، برای دیدار با «اصلان» راهنمایی می‌کنند، در زمان حرکت، آن‌ها متوجه می‌شوند، که برفها در حال آب شدن هستند و آن‌ را نشانه‌ ای از کم‌رنگ شدن جادوی جادوگر سفید می‌دانند، که با دیدار پدر «کریسمس»، که توسط جادوی جادوگر سفید از «نارنیا» دور شده‌ بود، تائید می‌شود، پدر «کریسمس» پس از دادن هدایا و سلاح به آن‌ها، گروه را ترک می‌کند؛ بچه‌ها و آقا و خانم «بیور» به میز سنگی می‌رسند، و «اصلان» و ارتش او را دیدار می‌کنند؛ «ماگریم»، گرگ خاکستری، که کاپیتان ارتش جادوگر سفید است، به اردوگاه می‌رسد، و سعی می‌کند «سوزان» را بکشد، که توسط «پیتر» کشته می‌شود؛ جادوگر سفید برای گفتگو با «اصلان» می‌آید، و جادویی را فرامی‌خواند، که به او حق کشتن «ادموند» را برای خیانتش می‌دهد؛ «اصلان» با جادوگر سفید به تنهایی گفتگو می‌کند، و پس از پایان سخن به بچه‌ها می‌گوید، که جادوگر سفید از کشتن «ادموند» بگذشته، و «ادموند» نزد آن‌ها برمی‌گردد؛ سپس «اصلان» و پیروانش اردوگاه را به جنگل نزدیک می‌برند؛ عصر همان روز «سوزان» و «لوسی» پنهانی «اصلان» را که به سوی میز سنگی می‌رود، دنبال می‌کنند؛ آن‌ها از دور نظاره‌گر هستند، که جادوگر سفید «اصلان» را می‌کشد؛ زیرا «اصلان» با جادوگر سفید پیمان بسته‌ بود، که به جای «ادموند» جان او را بگیرد؛ در صبح، «اصلان» توسط جادویی زنده می‌شود؛ جادویی که اگر یک قربانی به‌ جای خائن کشته‌ شود، مرگ را وارونه می‌کند؛ «اصلان» «سوزان» و «پونسی» را به قلعه جادوگر سفید می‌برد، و کسانی را که جادوگر به سنگ بدل کرده‌ بود را زنده می‌کنند، و سپس همگی آن‌ها به ارتش «نارنیا» که در حال مبارزه با ارتش جادوگر سفید است، می‌پیوندند؛ «اصلان» جادوگر سفید را می‌کشد، و ارتش «نارنیا» پیروز می‌گردد؛ و «پونسی‌»ها به عنوان ملکه‌ ها و پادشاهان «نارنیا»، در «کر پاراول» تاج‌گذاری می‌کنند؛ پس از چند سال «پونسی‌»ها که بزرگ شده‌ اند، به دنبال شکار یک گوزن سفید هستند، که گفته‌ می‌شود خواسته‌های کسانی‌که او را شکار کنند برآورده می‌کند؛ آن‌ها به چراغ برق ورودی «نارنیا» می‌رسند، و ناخواسته از کمد لباس عبور می‌کنند، و به «انگلستان» برمی‌گردند، آن‌ها دوباره کودک هستند، و زمانی بسیاری از رفتن آن‌ها نگذشته‌، آن‌ها داستان را برای پروفسور «دیگوری کریک» بازگو می‌کنند، او حرف بچه‌ها را باور می‌کند، و به آن‌ها اطمینان می‌دهد، که دوباره به «نارنیا» باز‌ خواهند گشت)؛

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1,172 reviews98.8k followers
January 5, 2019

“Lucy looks into a wardrobe”

I was feeling rather nostalgic this holiday season for some reason, and I thought what better way to pay homage to my childhood than by rereading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time in a very long time! And, friends, I fell so in love. I actually think I’m going to make it a holiday tradition to read this book every single December for the rest of my life.

And it was so funny, because I was very apprehensive going in, because when I was little, I think the religious themes went over my head, but I didn’t know how overbearing they would be reading this story for the first time as an adult. But it honestly wasn’t too much. I mean, some of the characters in Narnia refer to the kids as “Son of Adam” and “Daughter of Eve” and like I get the parallels with Aslan and Jesus now! But I still think it was very thoughtfully done and didn’t pull me out of the story or anything like that.

But if you are unfamiliar with this beloved children’s tale, this is a story about four children who have been recently adopted by an old professor who lives in a massive house. And one rainy day, while the kids are bored, they decide to explore the house that is now their new home. And the youngest of the children find a portal to a magical land, ruled by the White Witch, who is causing an endless winter.

Lucy - The Best Character.
Edmund - What A Little Shit.
Peter - Good Guy.
Susan - Group Mom.
Aslan - Simba Who?
Tumnus - Second Fave, Even Though He Almost Kidnapped My First Fave.

But there was so much that I forgot about this story: Mr. Beaver poppin’ open a cold one at dinner, Tumnus almost kidnapping Lucy, Everything the professor says to the kids and how he helps them, Edmund being the such a little shit that even my patience was getting tested, Turkish Delights, Father Christmas, and him giving the kids weapons as gifts!

Overall, this was just the perfect winter wonderland to me. From closet, to lamppost, to dam, to forest, to castle, I never wanted to leave this adventure. I am not sure if it is a lot of nostalgia talking, but this was maybe the best thing I read all holiday season. It was exactly what I wanted, and I was truly enthralled from the first to last page. I never wanted to leave this endless Winter.

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765 reviews757 followers
August 11, 2020
What's it with British literature? How from a relatively small pool of population can such creative writers emerge? I don't like C.S Lewis's non fiction books, but here he knocked the ball out of the park.

Aslan, whose antics and decision making and beliefs are difficult to map, is the way by which the children triumph. If Alice in Wonderland was positively secular, TLTWaTW is heavily defined by the Christian mythos.

There are many shining examples of pause to let the tension play out, before a little more of the adventure is revealed. Curiously, along with wonder, it is with the realization that I read this book. It's very much Anglo Saxon in nature, yet it lends itself to translation so easily. It's a book that does not belong to any age, decade, or era.

It's a little wonder of writing. The figures agree with me: This book is apparently one of the top 10 bestselling books of all time.
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1,137 reviews4,172 followers
June 22, 2023
Although raised as a Christian, I've long been an atheist and perhaps that's partly why I'm uncomfortable with this retelling of the life of Jesus as Aslan the lion. I have no objection to Bible stories as part of our culture and heritage, but this is more underhand.

As a child, I loved this series, even when I learned the metaphor. That was probably partly a reflection of my mother's enthusiasm, and it insulated me from the guilt and horror that some of the commenters below felt about Aslan's sacrifice.

Then I read it to my own child. I was increasingly uncomfortable, and fortunately, kiddo wasn't interested in my reading the rest of the series to them. It is too preachy, and the way Mr Tumnus lures Lucy to his lair doesn't feel right, despite his upstanding character. Nevertheless, we did see the 2005 film. Mr Tumnus was SO human - and naked (except for a little scarf) - from the waist up, that his taking Lucy home seemed even worse than on the page. Way worse.

Image: James McAvoy as Mr Tumnus and Georgie Henley as Lucy Pevensie (Source)

There are plenty of better written and more engaging stories in this genre, most of them without Lewis' agenda. As Michael cites below:
Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people's minds under the cover of fiction without their knowing it.” ― C.S. Lewis

Lewis also wrote:
No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty – except, of course, books of information. The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all.” ― CS Lewis, Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories
I agree - but only because, for me, it would have been better not to have read this at all.

EDITED eleven and thirteen years after original brief review to take account of comments.
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1,865 reviews54.3k followers
January 30, 2022
this book is very close to my heart, because i too am one of four siblings and would also betray them for a sweet treat in a literal millisecond.

it doesn't even have to be a queen making the deal. but that would be a bonus.

so nice to see yourself represented on page.

part of a series i'm doing in which i review books i read a long time ago
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Author 20 books3,713 followers
July 1, 2017
5 stars to C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Adored it. I must have read it three or four times as a child. Hits all the spots in my reading dreams. a forest. A large family. Talking animals. Secrets. Mystery. Drama. Hidden messages. Saga and series. Every child should read it.

Imagination runs free here. 4 children stuck a house. 1 goes exploring and finds herself lost in the world of Narnia. And the rest follow her.

Siblings fight. The book shows what happens when you don't listen to one another.

Aslan, the hero lion, helps show what sacrifice is all about. Good stuff.

I spent many a days looking for the secret world hidden somewhere in my closets. While I never actually transported to another world, this book is like its own Narnia - a transport into something magical.
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2,412 reviews35.2k followers
July 17, 2018
What are you doing on that wardrobe? Narnia Business!!

I read this book as a book challenge and adored it. I had not read this book before and did not know of its existence as a child. I would have loved it even more then, I imagine.

Four English children, removed from London for their safety during WWII, are sent to a country manor to live with a professor. Lucy is the first to enter the wardrobe and be transported into the secret world of Narnia. There she meets a talking faun who eventually warns her about the white witch who keeps Narnia in a constant state of winter. A human’s presence in Narnia is threatening to her and the animals are under orders to inform her at once. Once back home, she informs her siblings who do not believe her until they too eventually enter the wardrobe and the world of Narnia.

Narnia is full of talking animals, magic, and the loathsome witch who turns animals into stone statues if they do not do as she pleases. With the help of a Beaver couple, they escape in time and get to meet Aslan, who teaches them true bravery, sacrifice and teamwork.

This is a great fantasy book for both children and adults alike. Suspension of belief and a desire for entertainment is all one needs to enjoy this book. The illustrations are precious and go perfectly with the story.
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23 reviews18 followers
August 31, 2009
I loved this book.
It was first read to me in 4th grade. We would all come in from lunch and our teacher would read to us for about 30 minutes before we would start class.
I remember this book because it wasnt read to us by Mrs Graham, but instead it would be read by Mr Goodwin, her long-haired, bearded, Birkenstock wearing teacher's aid.
Over the next few weeks we were enthralled by this story, we couldnt wait for lunch period to be over so we could hear what was happening in this magic kingdom, called Narnia.
From the begining we all identified with Lucy and her siblings. How was it possible that an English girl could transport herself to another place, simply by hiding in a wardrobe? And once through the wardrobe, there was this wonderful and friendly creature called a faun, Mr Tumnus. All this in only the first chapter.
As the chapters progressed we got to know more about the siblings and the other creatures who inhabit Narnia.
Some people critisize C.S Lewis for using too much Christian symbolism, but I was in 4th grade and to me this was the most wonderful and exciting book ever written for children.

When Mr Goodwin finished the book. I instantly went to the library so I could read it myself. I was very proud this was the first book I read "without pictures". To my joy, I discovered there were other books about Narnia and I eventually read all of them too. Evenutually I discovered other wonderful places in other books and I continue to look for them today.
I will always be grateful to Mr Goodwin, he started off by telling me about Narnia, but in the end, he introduced me to so much more through my on going love of books.
Thank you Mr Goodwin, for everything.
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3,616 reviews984 followers
August 19, 2021
A truly golden and classical story that has been read and loved by millions all over the world. For those that bemoan that it's just a retelling of the Christian story. Pants! It's about a little girl with a heart of gold that still sees the world as a beautiful place full of wonder and potential, who first finds Narnia and has to battle her own ego-driven brother for the truth, where their siblings don't believe the little girl, because she's a little girl! It's a timeless and wonderful story.

It's about fate and destiny. That evil cannot reign forever and that to truly win, sometimes you have to make a great sacrifice. The series that made me fall in love with books and reading around aged 8! Thank you Mr Clive Staples Lewis. Thank you so much. 9 out of 12. The absolutely beauty of this book, was informing me at an early age of the egocentricity of men and how dangerous their fragile egos can be to others. Lucy is, and was my first ever superhero!
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109 reviews110 followers
December 29, 2022
Classic, good versus evil, children's story with appeal for all ages and strong Christian message. Have read this lovely book a few times over the years, this time with my son. I wonder if he'll be looking for Narnia in his wardrobe, like I did as a child.
I'd like to recommend reading the series in publication order, not in chronological order, starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and not The Magician's Nephew.
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875 reviews
November 21, 2020
Liked this installment a lot more than the prequel, with some moral ambiguity with one of the siblings and a nice blend of fairy tales (and even Santa Claus) coming together
Always winter but never Christmas

I can't say too much about the storyline itself, I think it is overly familiar to most and for the rest The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a quite classical tale of Good versus Evil, with some very clear Christian symbols.

Edmund using fake news conspiracy theory logic to get his way back to his addiction felt a bit close to our current 2020 world. But I really appreciated him as a character, because he brings in a bit more realism of children sometimes being awful and with it some more complex feelings like remorse and guilt.

Interesting enough both the battle at the end of the book and Aslan his fate have a lot in common with respectively Helm's Deep battle and the Gandalf the White storyline from The Two Towers of J.R.R. Tolkien
And the concept of old, love based magic superseding “regular” magic gave me distinct J.K. Rowling vibes.

A solid book and a much better start into the world of Narnia than the storywise earlier The Magician's Nephew, this is a nice read for the wintertime.
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595 reviews572 followers
January 12, 2021
A Defence of C.S. Lewis...or a brief attempt at such

Some thoughts recently crossed my mind in regards to arguments one could offer as a defence of the Christian side of this novel. The main arguments against this novel as a 'Christian allegory' that I have heard are: 1)Aslan is not a strong Christ-figure 2)That C.S. Lewis 'preaches' a black and white morality. So I'm going to roughly address them from my perspective and hope it encourages some discussion.

1) I will agree that Aslan is not a strong Christ-figure. Firstly for Aslan to really represent Christ he would have to be true to the gospel story. In other words he would have to be god made into man come to die for all mankind. However as he only dies for the one traitor again it's not sticking true to the Biblical gospel that all have sinned and that Christ was needed as a sacrifice for that sin. If you take things too literally here, C.S. Lewis' novel doesn't make much that much sense theologically as a result. I'll explain where I am/was going with that in a moment.

2) I debate that C.S. Lewis preaches in his novel. Occasionally he can be a touch patronising but compared to many authors he rarely slips into such condescension. As for his morality I think you must understand it from the perspective of Christianity. Christianity is about black and white morality essentially: good versus evil, light vs. dark and truth vs. lies etc. It is also very grey in that Christianity is about life and the fact that no one is perfect, that everyone fits into that moral grey area. Of course I explain roughly and inadequately.

Ultimately I see that there is room to argue that C.S. Lewis does a poor job of writing an allegorical novel. However I see it as a very subtle novel that unlike others (for instance The Alchemist) does not build its story around expressing an ideology but rather incorporates an ideology into its storytelling. I think that if one wants to criticise this novel it should be for not properly showing the gospel rather than for 'preaching'. I know that I and many others enjoyed the story first before seeing the connection between it and the Biblical tales. I enjoyed it even more afterwards so, then again I could be a tad biased.

Original Review

To begin I must note that I grant this such a high rating due to the impact it had on my life. It to me is one novel that were I to pick the one novel that forged a love of books for me it would be The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Why? Because I can remember back about twelve years ago when I was homeschooled by my mother as a five year old. We wandered down during winter into the warm back room and she read the first Narnia book to us. The image of a red faun carrying parcels as he passed a growing lamppost would stick with me from that moment (as it stuck with C.S. Lewis). As I learned to read the Narnia books were the first novels I sunk my growing reading teeth into. And to this day I have read and re read the novels back to front (and maybe front to back).

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is a novel written for both children and adults. It contains highly allegorical elements as C.S.Lewis was a well-known apologetics writer. However he wrote that he did not write his novel as a pure allegory but as a story. And that is what The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is, a story to be enjoyed by everyone. And although written in simple language the reader can quickly, concisely and easily imagine the world without the clumsy constraints of overused words. I personally cannot imagine a world without these novels.

Additional thoughts:

1. Just a question at last. And one with a highly philosophical twist to it. Why is it that people so readily condemn those books which are considered as moral tales? You'd think we could do with more morality in such a twisted and confused world regardless of accepting the belief systems.

2. I have heard many people describe the entire series as silly and far too preachy. I do not see it that way at all. Trust me if C.S.Lewis wanted to be preachy he would have written a lot more philosophy and less story. Yes I can see how some would call this silly but then I argue that they are missing the point. It's a fairytale type fantasy intended mainly for children (and for those children again as adults or for their parents perhaps). But I argue that as Lewis only wrote this story based on the story of the crucifixion in many ways that it was not intended as a preachy book. My question is that why is it that if I were to base a story along what some call the 'Christian myth' it is claimed as preaching while as if I were to base it on any other mythology or story it would be deemed as merely copying the themes of another mythology? Is this yet another example of doublethink?*

*See 1984
October 19, 2022

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When you're a shy, awkward child who doesn't have a lot of friends, you read. Or at least, I did. My favorite type of book was fantasy because the heroes and heroines of those books were always shy, awkward children who didn't have a lot of friends, and yet they triumphed in spite of that. In hindsight, that feels a bit exploitative, but child-me at that stuff up without questioning it too deeply. Since I've been in the mother of all book slumps, I figured what better way to get out than by picking up an old favorite, the Narnia series, and breezing through them all?

I'm doing this slightly differently and reading them in chronological order rather than publication order, so I actually kicked off this experiment with a book that I hadn't read yet, which was THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW. In publication order, I believe it is book #6, coming just before LAST BATTLE. However, in the chronology of the series, it is actually the "first."

THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW is a cool book because it explains the origin of both Narnia and the White Witch, as well as the Professor who agrees to take in the Pevensie children during the chaos of WWII. Reading it just before THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE was a real treat, because where THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW ENDS, THE LION begins, so depending on which series order you choose, it either brings the entire series full circle before ending it OR kicks of the story while treating you, the reader, with insider knowledge that will give you new perspective.

Rereading this was pretty great because my mom used to read me this book when I was a kid and still had what could be called a "nursery." I've also watched most of the film adaptations including the 1979 animated version, the 1988 TV movie version from BBC, and then the 2005 version that came out in theaters, hoping to ride on the coattails of the Post Harry Potter fantasy craze. I know my opinion isn't the popular one here, but I actually like the theatrically-released one the least. My favorite will always be the BBC one. It's cheesy and most of the animals are portrayed by people who are obviously wearing animal costumes and makeup, but it gives the movies a weird sort of charm. Plus, the opening music is kick-ass. Nothing like a French horn bugles, THIS IS FANTASY, BITCH.

I still liked the book upon rereading it but I definitely noticed a lot of stuff that flew over my head when I was a kid. There are elements of that Cold War paranoia in here (although more so in the prequel, THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW), many Christian allegories to the Bible and Original Sin, and there's also a shocking amount of sexism, with Susan and Lucy being excluded by all of the battles save for a "cry for help" or healing capacity, and Santa Claus himself even tells them that wars are uglier when women are involved, whatever that means. Also, Aslan's a judgy f*ck. Don't @ me.

This is a very short book and I was kind of surprised by how quickly it was over and how much of a movie they were able to make of it despite that. Some of the scenes have still stuck with me all these years, like Lucy's first tumbling through the Wardrobe, the flight through the cold and snowy forest, the night of the Stone Table, and the hall of the statues where they all come to life - relieving them as an adult is like seeing a double-exposed image; you experience it again as an adult while also remembering your childhood experiences of it with fond nostalgia. The ending always made me sad, because it felt like an allegory for growing up and having to leave fantasy behind.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series!

3.5 to 4 stars
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Author 20 books2,146 followers
April 11, 2023
When you read a book over and over and over again, sometimes in the same month though to a different student and you never once become uniterested then that book gets 5 stars. Forever and always, 5 stars.

Also I am completely charmed and tickled to now have a granddaughter named Lucy, and a grandson named Peter.

Update: 4/11/23 needed a fresh breath of air and nothing has fresher air than Narnia.
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562 reviews468 followers
July 7, 2023
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Oh this is such a gorgeous and charming story! It’s an almost perfect children’s fairy tale filled with wonder and magic!

The writing is so pleasant and pretty. The descriptions of the land of Narnia and its inhabitants are simply stunning, and their adventures completely hook you from start to finish.

The characters are just lovely as well: Peter is brave and fair, Susan is kind and humble, and Lucy is adorable and precious.
The odd one out is Edmund who can’t be described as anything other than an annoying little brat. He has a very interesting character arc, though, and his actions were quite realistic for a troubled little boy who’s also very jealous of his siblings.
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1,190 reviews1,129 followers
March 2, 2017
Novels were not a part of my life until my mid teens and therefore I missed out wonderful reading experiences like the Chronicles of Narnia but while I wish I had read more as a child I am having an absolute ball catching up on all these enchanting books when I can appreciate them on a different level

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a compelling story that is both enchanting and filled with fantasy and adventure and I think can be appreciated by both adults and children alike.

Writen by C.S. Lewis in 1950 for his god daughter Lucy, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is part of a book series which is known as The Chronicles of Narnia. Set in England during the Second World War and tells the story of four children who are sent to the country to stay with a wealthy, eccentric professor in large county house. While playing hide and seek in the many rooms of the house on a rainy day one of the children discover a Wardrobe and the fantasy and adventure begins.

Beautifully written, intriguing even for someone like me with a low tolerance for fantasy. I was charmed with the setting, the atmosphere and the wonderful complex and charming characters I met along the way. I loved the themes explored in the novel and really enjoyed the reading experience as an adult.
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353 reviews886 followers
October 4, 2012
The Role (bibli)call:

The big cuddly cat = Jesus. Strange that a lion should be chosen to represent the big man when Lions are notoriously aggressive, solitary carnivores who are more likely to eat any potential apostles than than teach or lead them.

The white witch = Satan or Eve the temptress depending on which side of the tree of knowledge you're most likely to be barking up. Famed for a monochrome wardrobe in the A/W line only. Like Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, she has cancelled Christmas.

Edmund = Judas Iscariot. Judas has been proven to be a more astute bargain maker and walks off with 30 pieces of silver for his denials. Edmund gets a box of sweets.

Lucy, Peter, Susan = apostles, knights and other positive biblical forces. An unusual scenario given the general hoo-hah about whether or not any of apostles were female (see last supper male/female image debate).

Mr Tumnus the faun = an aberration. With his goat like legs and general caprine features you might be forgiven for imagining that he might be an agent of Satan, or Pan or some other pagan deity. Nope. He's on the side of good and not evil and that there throws the nice set of biblical allusions into chaos.

Beavers, birds, satyrs, fauns and other ancillary creatures = collateral damage.

Plot summary: Icing sugar, picture perfect winter wonderland accessible through the rear of roomy wardrobe handily equipped with high-end (but non PETA approved) all weather garb. Ruled in supremely effective manner by single minded, highly organised, independent woman until arrival of children and large pet. Maybe this book is actually a metaphor for home life in the modern age.

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34 reviews81 followers
February 10, 2021
Back when I was a little kid, I used to get hyped up with my sister when ever any of the our three favorite worlds would broadcast on TV. Those three are Harry Potter, The Lord Of The Ring, and Chronicles of Narnia. I loved those days, and I lived this world. It left a mark.
Profile Image for Andy Marr.
Author 3 books774 followers
November 30, 2022
Peter: What's in the wardrobe?
Lucy: Narnia business.

And that's all I have to say about that.
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29 reviews12 followers
April 19, 2008
I just re-read this book and got so much more out of it than the first time. The symbolism & parallels to basic Christianity stuck out.
*turkish delight is our human nature, prone to addiction, selfishness and wrongdoing
*Peter said about Edmund, "We should go after him. After all he is our brother." Even though he had just betrayed them and was causing grief they didn't mistreat or disown him.
*The very mention of Aslan's name caused certain positive feelings to come over them all they didn't know why. But it made Edmund feel guilty.
*After Ed was returned and his siblings saw him for the first time Aslan said, "Here is your brother and there's no need to talk about what's in the past." They forgave their brother. Aslan neither excused him nor condemned him.
*They all knew better than to go into a wardrobe & shut the door as the book mentions a whole bunch of times. We regularly do things when we know better.
*The professor makes them think and questions their disbelief in Lucy's story. This is something the movie totally leaves out. "Who would you usually believe, Lucy or Edmund?" etc. Edmund shows the worst side of human nature, to betray & let others down.
*I love that Father Christmas comes giving gifts that represent the gifts & talents we each have to help others with and to overcome evil with.
There's more but I have to go! Loved the book. And the movie.
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231 reviews6,955 followers
October 15, 2020
Seriously, Edmund? Turkish delight? If you're going to betray your family, choose something a little heartier.
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