The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-25 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 1 user ratings

"Every time I read this wonderful story, it's like catching up with an old friend. I've read this particular Narnia book so many different times, but it never ever gets old. I love the fact that I can pick up this (or any of the other Narnia books, for that matter) and step into a whole other world. I also particularly enjoyed the fact that I found that I could relate with each one of the children, although I must say that I was partial to Lucy! Additionally, I love the role Aslan plays in this book because I think the ultimate sacrifice that he chooses to make shows how innately good he is. Even though this book is an easy read for me now at 18, this is one of those kinds of stories that you can never grow too old for. I really liked the line C.S. Lewis wrote in his dedication: "But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." Isn't that the truth? Overall, I'd definitely have to call this a classic that everyone should read at some point or another. " said.

"Although undoubtedly not the first author to use the literary device and concept of a portal leading from everyday life into another parallel world – a world which is often magical and wonderful whilst at the same time occasionally frightening and terrifying. However, the eponymous device here being the Wardrobe and as such, this is approaching genius.

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is ostensibly a fantasy novel aimed squarely at children – and for a child with even a modicum of imagination (haven’t they all) the concept of a secret portal, known only to children and being in the form of something as every day and humdrum as a wardrobe (something that the majority of readers would own or at least have access to) – therefore believing that they too could find their way to Narnia – without any lapse of time and therefore unbeknown to any adults. Such a secret and wonderful adventure is surely the dream of just about every child.

Whilst there are some elements to this and the other Narnia novels that are in one respect locked firmly into the time period in which they were written (1950's) – such as gender stereotyping etc. Overall however, the books do manage to transcend and limitations of the time in which they were written – hence their lasting appeal.

Whether or not you buy into the religious allegory and symbolism of C. S. Lewis’ ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ – this is probably the best and certainly the most memorable out of all 7 of the ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ series. Regardless of whether the reader holds the same religious beliefs as C. S. Lewis (or indeed any religious beliefs at all) the novel works equally well from both a religious and secular perspective. The religious symbolism and imagery is obvious but never clumsy or overwhelming.

Obvious too is the influence that 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' has had upon Rowling's 'Harry Potter' series.

‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ is ultimately and undoubtedly a great and very wonderful classic story of the fantastic for all ages.
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"A beautiful read. There's no other way to say it. The story knows what it is, knows the public it wants to catch, children, but leaves details every now and then for we the grown ups to appreciate, turning a great children story into one of The fantasy novels this world has. Great messages, and unique style. Light but direct to the point, like all children stories should be. The lion, the witch and the wardrobe is a must for all the lovers of the genre.


Solo hay una cosa que de verdad se puede decir sobre los cuentos para niños: Si es una buena historia, se puede disfrutar a cualquier edad.

Llena de enseñanzas perfectas para los pequeños y con detalles muy interesantes para los grandes, Narnia en definitiva es una gran historia. No es ningun secreto las millones de referencias biblicas que tiene, aunque estoy segura que no capte todas. Pero todo Aslan es una hermosa referencia que adore por completo, sobretodo porque es un leon y Narnia una tierra de bestias parlantes, asi como tambien todo lo relacionado con Edmund.

Lo que mas me emociono fue darme cuenta de la increible adaptacion que tiene. Increible nivel: Catching Fire. O sea, las ligas mayores. Respetaron muchisimos detalles, gracias Disney!

La batalla entre el bien y el mal puede escucharse muy mainstream pero cuando se escribe bien, se nota.

Este libro no esta hecho para la gente que solo disfruta de las descripciones y explicaciones largas y a detalle. Es un clasico de niños y te encontraras con muchos "pero eso no es importante para esta historia, asi que volvamos a..." o varios "porque asi son las cosas". Si estas en el mood para algo asi, El leon, la bruja y el armario cumplira con la funcion a la perfeccion. Altamente recomendado. Seguire leyendo las cronicas a como se fueron publicando.

Gran forma de terminar el año. Sorry por tener la reseña hasta el 2016 xDlol
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" "What are you doing in that wardrobe?""Narnia business!" " said.

" 3.5 stars

I've been making a habit of rereading my childhood favorites, and the Narnia series is one many people read. I remember enjoying this book a lot more as a kid, even though this wasn't my favorite book in the series (that was The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair) I did like it.

Reading this as an adult.... it's BIZARRE. Think about it. Children go into a wardrobe and appear in a new world. There, they trust all these fairytale creatures and talking animals. On top of that, there's this crazy lady witch trying to turn them all into stone and their only savior is a talking lion.

Bizarre right??? No? Just me?

Anyways, I liked it enough on the reread, but I didn't get the wow factor I did as a kid. I do want to reread the other books, in publication order and will get to them eventually.

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"After I first read this book as a young boy I remember distracting my father one day whilst he was working in his shed at the bottom of our garden. I was about 11 at the time and my father was filing away at something in the vice attached to the work bench. I spotted the pincers/pliers in his old wooden toolbox and secreted them away in my knitted cardigan, fashion was not a strong point back in the 1970's, and I sheepishly snook out without being noticed. That was the beginning of the adventure for an eleven year boy. When I got back to my bedroom I closed the door and went about removing the panel pins from the backing boards at the rear of my wardrobe. I remember it took what seemed to be an eternity and I froze every time I heard somebody on the landing outside my bedroom door. Waiting for my mother's voice enquiring what I was up to. It never came and I felt relieved and a great sense of accomplishment when the last pin was removed and I was able to step into my wardrobe and out the other side. I pulled the wardrobe slightly away from the wall and was able to trig the boards back in without them falling out. I had lots of fun inviting friends around after school and showing them that when I stepped into my wardrobe I disappeared into a portal and into a new world. When my friends opened the door all they saw was some clothes and the backboards. Of course the joke did not last long as children are inquisitive and found out eventually. We had so much fun pretending we stepped through my wardrobe into Narnia. The fun lasted for about two weeks before my mother found out and my father reattached the back boards. I remember as an eleven year old boy my imagination was so vivid. Children back then had so much fun creating characters and worlds. Today not so much in this digital world of game boys and mob phones etc. Reading books is all about expanding the mind, food for thought, and I yearn back nostalgically to those times. The films based on the books are great but, I personally think the book should be read first." said.

"I am tempted to give this book a zero but the idea of going through the wardrobe to another land is fantastic. Everything else, however, is not fantastic, including:

The over-the-top Christian allegory.
The complete absence of dramatic tension - the characters are static and the conclusion is foregone. There is nothing to keep you reading, to challenge you, or to even vaguely interest you.
The writing is mediocre at best.
The dialogue is mediocre at best.

Awful book, it as if someone read Matthew through John, and then said these four gospels are good but it would take a master writer to retell them with talking animals and have it be worse to the point of complete boredom.
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"This is the story of four siblings who stumble through a wardrobe into a different world. They discover magic, monsters and their destiny.

One Christmas, when I was 11 or 12, my mother gave me The Chronicles of Narnia. It ignited a lifelong love of fantasy fiction and reading.

"Peter! Susan! It's all true. Edmund has seen it too. There is country you can get to through the wardrobe. Edmund and I both got in. We met one another in there, in the wood." pg 40.

I get the criticisms of this series- that it is heavy handed with its symbolism.

But, when I read it as a child, all of that slipped right over my head. All I knew, was that this was an adventure and I loved it.

The White Witch is one of the best villains in children's literature: "As for you," said the Witch, giving Edmund a stunning blow on the face as she re-mounted the sledge, "let that teach you to ask favour for spies and traitors. Drive on!" And Edmund for the first time in this story felt sorry for someone besides himself." pg 113.

She opposes Aslan, a great golden lion and the ruler of Narnia, who hasn't been seen for an age: "And now," said Aslan presently, "to business. I feel I m going to roar. You had better put your fingers in your ears." And they did. And Aslan stood up and when he opened his mouth to roar his face became so terrible that they did not dare to look at it." pg 161.

The film did a solid job capturing the magic of this story, but nothing compares to the book.

"Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia." pg 186.

In fact, just writing up this review makes me want to read them all again.

I'll see you on the other side of the wardrobe...
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