The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

The Magician's Nephew

When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory's peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew's magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter man...

Title:The Magician's Nephew
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ISBN:0060764902
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:221 pages

The Magician's Nephew Reviews

  • Eyebright
    Dec 04, 2007

    Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.

    Personally, I like this book just as well as any others in the series. I love to see how everything got started, the lamp post, the wardrobe, the White Witch. Not to mention the beautiful allegory of Creation. The Magician's Nephew also has good morals

    Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked. People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.

    Personally, I like this book just as well as any others in the series. I love to see how everything got started, the lamp post, the wardrobe, the White Witch. Not to mention the beautiful allegory of Creation. The Magician's Nephew also has good morals, and I really appriciate that. I would recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl, old or young.

    Please feel free to read and enjoy the series however you deem best. I haven't read any of the Chronicles of Narnia in six years, and now have very little opinion on the debate of what order to read these good books in. My previous opinion was based on my long-lived, chronological order reading preference. I liked to see things in a linear sequence. Of course this was AFTER my initial reading of the series, most likely in publication order.

  • Deborah
    Feb 29, 2008

    The Magician's Nephew tells of how it all started. How Narnia was created. How the first Sons of Adam, and Daughters of Eve "traveled" to Narnia. And, how the wardrobe came to be. A wonderful read, full of magic, wit, adventure, and hope.

    Next, Spoiler alert.

    I noticed that CS Lewis seemed to point out similarites between Uncle Andrew and his nephew, Digory. That's not a good thing. Uncle Andrew was selfish, un-caring, and really, a blundering fool. While reading, I often found myself wondering if

    The Magician's Nephew tells of how it all started. How Narnia was created. How the first Sons of Adam, and Daughters of Eve "traveled" to Narnia. And, how the wardrobe came to be. A wonderful read, full of magic, wit, adventure, and hope.

    Next, Spoiler alert.

    I noticed that CS Lewis seemed to point out similarites between Uncle Andrew and his nephew, Digory. That's not a good thing. Uncle Andrew was selfish, un-caring, and really, a blundering fool. While reading, I often found myself wondering if Digory was destined to end up like his Uncle. But, my dear friends, I can happily tell you he does not. The power to overcome our weaknesses, our evil tendencies, and even our bad genes, is very real. Especially when we surround ourselves with good people, as Digory did. Though we may not always have all the power needed residing in our own being, know there is a much higher, and greater power to call on.

    The evil Queen Jadis, so horribly magnificent. She is obviously, the serpent of the story. I find it interesting that Queen Jadis had to be awakened, before she could cause any damage. Is that not how it really works? We let, and somtimes invite, our own serepnt in, even if we don't specifically mean to do just that. And it's usually through those weaknesses that it happens. Digory was a very curious boy. Digory woke her by ringing a bell that was sitting in the middle of the room. He had no idea what he was doing, when he did it. But sometimes curiosity overrides judgement.

    Polly, Digory's friend throughout the story, was never even tempted to ring the bell. I find she is a great support for Digory, even though they may be very different. Surrounding yourself with others with different strengths and opinions, help us to be balanced and reasonable.

    And of course, the regal and just Aslan. The king, the savior of the Story. I laughed throughout this book, but there were two times that I cried. You should know that Digory left behind a Mother who is deathly ill. He wanted nothing more than to have her be healed and well again. He missed her. Aslan sent Digory on a mission, to make up for awakening the queen, and thus bringing her to Narnia. Before he leaves, and Aslan asks him if he's ready for his mission . . . you know, I'm just going to put the whole segment here.

    "I asked, are you ready?" said the Lion.

    "Yes," said Digory. He had had for a second some wild idea of saying "I'll try to help you if you'll promise to help my Mother," but he realized in time that the Lion was not at all the sort of person one could try to make bargains with. But when he had said "Yes," he thought of his Mother, and he thought of the great hopes he had had, and how they were all dying away, and a lump came in his throat and tears in his eyes, and he blurted out:

    "But please, please - won't you - can't you give me something that will cure Mother?" Up till then he had been looking at the Lion's great feet and the huge claws on them; now, in despair, he looked up at its' face. What he saw surprised him as much as anyhting in his whole life. For the tawny face was bent near his own and (wonder of wonders) great shining tears stood in the Lion's eyes. They were such big, bright tears compared with Digory's won that for a moment he felt as if the Lion must really be sorrier about his Mother than he was himself. [and that is where I cried for the first time in the book]

    "My son, my son," said Aslan. "I know. Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet . . ."

    To make it a little shorter Aslan needs the seed of that fruit to protect Narnia from the Witch.

    ""Yes, sir, "said Digory. He didn't know how it was to be done but he felt quite sure now that he would be able to do it."

    He is sent to a far away hill that contains a tree which bears special silver apples. These apples give you endless life. So he takes an apple, puts it in his pocket, and returns to Aslan. They throw the apple, and it plants itself in the earth, where a new, large and wonderful tree grows. And this is what happens next . . .

    [Aslan speaking] ". . .What I give you now will bring joy. It will not, in your world, give endless life, but it will heal. Go. Pluck [your Mother] an apple from the Tree."

    For a second Digory could hardly understand. It was as if the whole world had turned inside out and upside down. And then, like someone in a dream, he was walking across to the Tree, and the King and Queen and were cheering him and all the creatures were cheering too."

    So that second part when I cried was when I realized after all that this boy has been through, the struggles he's had to endure, the pain and sorrow, the healing and forgiveness. After doing Aslan's bidding, knowing he will get nothing in return, he does receive something in return. What he's wanted with his whole heart throughout the book. Because of Aslan. This kind, just, and merciful creator of Narnia.

  • Manny
    Dec 05, 2008

    My autistic-spectrum son Jonathan is fascinated by the White Witch in

    . He wants to know what her motivation is. "Why is she always so

    ?" he asks. "Why does she hate Aslan? Who is she

    ?" These are good questions. I have suggested that he should read

    , but Jonathan only reads the books he wants to read and ignores recommendations. A pity, I would like to discuss it with him.

    The White Witch is the best character in the series, and i

    My autistic-spectrum son Jonathan is fascinated by the White Witch in

    . He wants to know what her motivation is. "Why is she always so

    ?" he asks. "Why does she hate Aslan? Who is she

    ?" These are good questions. I have suggested that he should read

    , but Jonathan only reads the books he wants to read and ignores recommendations. A pity, I would like to discuss it with him.

    The White Witch is the best character in the series, and it is indeed difficult to think of anyone who strongly resembles her. She is a little like Auntie Medusa in

    , another of Jonathan's favorite films, and she's also a little like the Sea Witch in

    , Madame Mim in

    , and, of course, the Wicked Witch of the West.

    But there are some important differences. The other witches are ugly, and it's plausible to believe that they are motivated by envy of the heroines' effortless youth and beauty. This is perhaps most evident with Auntie Medusa; I love the scene where she's removing her false eyelashes and Penny involuntarily recoils in horror. The White Witch, however, is genuinely beautiful, not just using magic to cast an illusion of beauty as Madame Mim and the Sea Witch do on occasion. She doesn't order Maugrim to kill Susan and Lucy because they're better-looking. It is, rather, a political decision: she is concerned that they will take her throne. Nothing personal, just business.

    In general, it seems to me, the White Witch is motivated entirely by love of power, and she hates Aslan because he is stronger than she is. She is in fact a rather good children's book adaptation of Milton's Satan. But why did C.S. Lewis decide to make her a woman? I'd love to know the background to that artistic decision.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 28, 2009

    The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6), C.S. Lewis

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 2002 میلای

    عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا 6: خواهرزاده جادوگر؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس 1898 - 1963 ؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری 1330 ؛ منوچهر کریم زاده 1328؛ کتابهای کیمیا، تهران خیابان ولی عصر، بالاتر از میدان ونک، شماره 133؛ چاپ نخست 1379، هفت جلد در 1368 ص؛ جلد ششم در شش و 172 ص؛ شابک: دوره هفت جلدی 9647100116؛ چاپ سوم 1386؛ شابک: 9647100108؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان برای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 20 م

    مترج

    The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6), C.S. Lewis

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 2002 میلای

    عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا 6: خواهرزاده جادوگر؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس 1898 - 1963 ؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری 1330 ؛ منوچهر کریم زاده 1328؛ کتابهای کیمیا، تهران خیابان ولی عصر، بالاتر از میدان ونک، شماره 133؛ چاپ نخست 1379، هفت جلد در 1368 ص؛ جلد ششم در شش و 172 ص؛ شابک: دوره هفت جلدی 9647100116؛ چاپ سوم 1386؛ شابک: 9647100108؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان برای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - قرن 20 م

    مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان؛ تهران، قدیانی، بنفشه؛ 1387، در 256 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1388؛

    مترجم: آرش حجازی؛ تهران، کاروان؛ 1376، در 199 ص؛ شابک: 96491607؛

    کتاب اول: شیر، کمد، جادوگر؛ کتاب دوم: شاهزاده کاسپین؛ کتاب سوم: کشتی سپیده پیما؛ کتاب چهارم: صندلی نقره ای؛ کتاب پنجم: اس‍ب‌ و آدم‍ش‌؛ کتاب‌ ششم: خواهرزاده جادوگر؛ کتاب هفتم: آخرین نبرد؛

    این جلد (ششم) از نظر زمان چاپ، ششمین کتاب است، اما از نظر زمان رخدادها و وقایع به پیش از زمان کتاب: شیر، کمد و جادوگر، برمیگردد؛ و در مورد آفرینش جهان نارنیا ست. در این داستان پالی به همراه دیگوری خواهر زاده ی دایی اندرو، وارد دنیایی جنگلی میشوند، که همانند یک تونل آنها را به دنیاهای دیگر میرساند. در دنیای نخست یک جادوگر همراه با آنها به دنیای خودشان راه مییابد. در سفر دوم، مرد درشکه چی و اسبش، دایی اندرو، دیگوری و پالی اشتباهاً وارد نارنیا که هنوز کاملاً بوجود نیامده میشوند، و شاهد ایجاد نارنیا هستند. درشکه چی و همسرش نخستین شاه و ملکه ی نارنیا هستند و نامهای آنها در نارنیا: فرانک و هنی ست. برگزیده از متن: نارنیا، نارنیا، نارنیا، بیدار شو، عشق بورز. اندیشه کن. سخن بگو. درختهای روان باش. جانوران سخنگو باش. آبهای ملکوتی باش. ص 107 از کتاب ا. شربیانی

  • J.G. Keely
    Mar 16, 2010

    Suffers from the same problems as Lewis' other books, both his children's fantasy and his pokes at theology: Lewis' worldview is not sophisticated, and his sense of psychology has a large blind spot. However, it's not his faith that is the problem--it certainly wasn't a problem for Donne or Milton.

    Lewis is simply unable to put himself in another's shoes, which is very problematic for a writer or a theologian. He cannot understand the reasons or motivations for why someone would do something he c

    Suffers from the same problems as Lewis' other books, both his children's fantasy and his pokes at theology: Lewis' worldview is not sophisticated, and his sense of psychology has a large blind spot. However, it's not his faith that is the problem--it certainly wasn't a problem for Donne or Milton.

    Lewis is simply unable to put himself in another's shoes, which is very problematic for a writer or a theologian. He cannot understand the reasons or motivations for why someone would do something he considers 'evil'. Unlike Milton, he cannot create a tempting devil, a sympathetic devil, and so Lewis' devils are not dangerous, because no one would ever fall for them.

    His villains are like Snidely Whiplash: they are comically evil, evil not due to some internal motivation, but because the narrative requires it. Yet Lewis is not reveling in the comedic promise of overblown evil, he's trying to be instructive. So he dooms his own instruction: it is only capable of warning us about dangers which are so ridiculous that they never could have tempted us in the first place.

    Likewise, his heroes are comically heroic: they are not people who struggle to be good, who have motivations and an internal life, they are just habitually, inexplicably good. There is nothing respectable in their characters, nothing in their philosophies for us to aspire to, they are just suffused with an indistinct 'goodness' which, like evil, is taken for granted.

    But then, Lewis' world is mostly a faultless one. People never act or decide, they are lead along by empty symbols of pure good or pure evil, following one or the other because they are naive. As usual, Lewis' view of humanity is predictably dire: always too naive, too foolish to know what good and evil are, even when they are right in front of us, and yet we are apparently still to be reviled and cursed when they make the wrong decision, even if we couldn't have known what we were about.

    Like many of Lewis' works, this could have made a profound satire, but it's all too precariously serious for Lewis to be mocking. There is something unusual in the fact that, whenever the amassed evidence of his plot, characters, and arguments point to a world of confusion in which man is utterly lost, Lewis always arrives at the conclusion that we are fundamentally culpable, despite the fact that he always depicts us as acting without recognition.

    The really frightening thing about Lewis' worldview is that we can never seem to know whether we are naively following good or naively following evil, but that the difference between the two is vital and eternal. Like Calvin, he dooms us to one or another fate, and we shall never know which, yet unlike Calvin, Lewis never really accepts the ultimate conclusion this worldview suggests.

    There seems to be, at the heart of Lewis' works, a desperate pride, a desperate sense that

    , even when we think we don't, even when Lewis shows us a hundred examples where we couldn't possibly know. But that is the crux of the fundamental paradox around which Lewis inevitably frames his stories, the paradox which defines his life, his philosophies, and the impetus for his conversion.

    Like most of us, Lewis seems to feel a deep need know what is right--to

    . Yet his experiences have shown him, again and again, that we are fundamentally ignorant, despite our most devoted attempts to be knowledgeable. It's an impassable contradiction.

    Lewis saw a world filled with pain, ignorance, selfishness, cruelty, senseless violence, and refused to accept that this was part of human nature; so he made it an outside thing, a thing which was, for him, always clearly defined. He spent most of his writing career trying to show how the effect of this thing could be the excuse for why man commits such terrible acts, but without making man himself evil--but many men are desperate to avoid the idea that their own mistakes, their own forays into 'evil', are ultimately their own fault.

    He is never able to define the point at which mere naivete becomes guilt. The two opposing forces of ignorant evil and willful evil are always nebulous for Lewis, and he never succeeds in defining where one ends and the other begins, where foolishness becomes damnation.

    He never defines it philosophically, theologically, or psychologically. Usually, he just draws a line arbitrarily between 'good people' (people like him) and 'bad people' (everyone else). Like Tolkien, he takes the comfortable and familiar and fences it off--a little peaceful island home, safe against an incomprehensible world.

    It's a comforting worldview, one many of us feel drawn to, that sense of isolation, 'us against the world', the need to be right at all costs, to be different from those we habitually condemn, to know what is good and what is not--but it is not a coherent philosophy, it is not conducive to self-awareness, and it's certainly not the sort of thing we need to be feeding our children. Indeed, the only thing such self-justification invites is further ignorance, prejudice, and conflict.

  • P
    May 18, 2015

    I loved the narration of The Magician's Nephew, it's clear, imaginative, and addicting. This book took me book to the time when I was sitting and listening to my grandma's tales. She always told me about folklores. I can still remember the story about there's a ghost hiding in the closet, it made me so scared and never ever wanted to open the closet alone again.

    This book literally made me feel like that. I kept wondering why I did and figured

    I loved the narration of The Magician's Nephew, it's clear, imaginative, and addicting. This book took me book to the time when I was sitting and listening to my grandma's tales. She always told me about folklores. I can still remember the story about there's a ghost hiding in the closet, it made me so scared and never ever wanted to open the closet alone again.

    This book literally made me feel like that. I kept wondering why I did and figured out because of its voice that was very classic and magical that I didn't want it to be over. Besides the fun I get from this book, The Magician's Nephew is alike a doctrine as if I was reading the Bible.

    Lewis had his way to tell the story. He thoroughly showed me about this world where the origin of Narnia comes from. Not only I got to know about the wardrobe, but I was introduced to the characer that would be a big part in the next book. The Magician's Nephew should be read before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for you to get full knowledge about this world.

  • Dannii Elle
    Jan 07, 2017

    I have owned this beautiful set of illustrated hardback editions of these books since childhood and am only now getting around to reading them. After reading this spellbinding first installment I am so mad at myself that I have missed out on entering this world for so long.

    I decided to begin reading this series in chronological rather than publication order (as per the numbers on my books) and I am so glad I did. This brilliantly sets up the rest of the series without giving any spoilers of what

    I have owned this beautiful set of illustrated hardback editions of these books since childhood and am only now getting around to reading them. After reading this spellbinding first installment I am so mad at myself that I have missed out on entering this world for so long.

    I decided to begin reading this series in chronological rather than publication order (as per the numbers on my books) and I am so glad I did. This brilliantly sets up the rest of the series without giving any spoilers of what is to come. The particulars of the plot for

    are well known to me, as I have seen the movie adaptation numerous times, and it made reading this so special and exciting as facets from the second book were incorporated into the first.

    Regardless of the order, this is one series I believe has universal appeal, regardless of age, and is one that everyone must read at some point in their lifetime!

  • Justin
    Nov 12, 2016

    It's mildly embarrassing that I've lived almost 32 years and I've only read one book from the Narnia series. Well, I guess I've read two now, but I feel like I should have read those a long time ago. As an adult, it's difficult to even rate this book fairly because the adult version of myself wants to be all critical and make comments about how this isn't Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it's not supposed to be. And that's fine with me.

    Is this the first book in the series! Is it the sixth

    It's mildly embarrassing that I've lived almost 32 years and I've only read one book from the Narnia series. Well, I guess I've read two now, but I feel like I should have read those a long time ago. As an adult, it's difficult to even rate this book fairly because the adult version of myself wants to be all critical and make comments about how this isn't Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it's not supposed to be. And that's fine with me.

    Is this the first book in the series! Is it the sixth? Does it even matter? I'm reading it first because I conducted a very thorough investigation into the series and determined that my plan to read them this way is the right way to read them. However, my very scientific thorough analysis also concluded that this book can be read later and no one really cares and it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Just read the series is all I'm saying, although I haven't even read the series myself so that may be moderately premature on my part.

    It was neat to read about the origins of Narnia. Whoa... did I just say "neat"? That was an accident. Lemme get back to words I actually use in real life.

    It was awesome to read about the origins of Narnia. The lamp post and the witch and whatnot. Aslan. That was just autocorrected to Asian so that was funny. I don't have any reason to believe he is an Asian lion, but I again haven't read the entire series yet so that could be explored in future novels where Aslan spends his childhood as a small lion cub in Beijing before creating Narnia later in life. I don't think that's accurate though.

    Lewis really writes an engaging fantasy tale that is surprising full of beautiful descriptions rather than nonstop action. I appreciate the world building in the book which I found pretty detailed for a children's book. I also like that I don't really know some of the characters well, but feel like the less important ones are gonna be showing up later on down the road.

    I'm excited to continue this trek through Narnia. My kids don't give a flip about it so I'm gonna be on my own. Maybe when their older they will have a longer attention span and a better appreciation of great books. Dad's gonna keep rolling in the meantime.


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