Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Magician's Nephew

Book Review: “The Magician’s Nephew”

Author: C.S. Lewis

Language: English

Genre: Fantasy, Children’s Literature

Pages: 220

Cost: 125 Rs.

Publisher: Harper Collins

First Published in India: 2006

“The Magician’s Nephew” is a part of very popular book series “The Chronicles of Narnia” written by C.S. Lewis. It is in the genre of other book series like ‘Lord of the Ring’ and ‘Harry Potter’. Basically the book is written for children. Although it is a children’s literature I was very much interested in reading this book for various reasons. There are some movies already made on this book series and they are quite well made. So I was curious to read the original draft of the story. I always do that. If I watch a movie which is based on any book, I try to find the book and read it and vice versa of course. And other reason is I always loved children’s literature. I grown up reading it, comic books, magic and magicians, other supernatural world, heroes with supernatural powers, bunch villains with evil ideas, animals with man’s head or vice versa, all these adventures fantasies fascinates me. And they still do, I can’t help it. After all these comic books and children’s books create avid passionate reader out of me. Today I can’t sleep without reading something every day.

Now many of us already watch the movies based on the world of Narnia. So it won’t be as adventures or fascinating for the people who already watch the movie. It is also less adventures due to the fact this is first book in the 7 book series of “The Chronicle of Narnia”. So real action does not start with this book, it only prepares you for what’s coming next. As matter of fact books tells the story of how the world of Narnia is born. This part of series explains how the Lion called ‘Aslan’ creates a new world altogether with his singing. Yes it is too fantastic too believe for adults. The talking animals, another magical world and on top of that singing Lion can be little too much to believe. But isn’t it great imagination by writer? I look at it as I would look at paintings. Just get absorb in artist’s imaginations.

There are 7 books in the series of “The Chronicles of Narnia” and they should be read in following order as suggested by author,

· The Magician’s Nephew

· The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

· The Horse and His Boy

· Prince Caspian

· The Voyage of the Dawn Trader

· The Silver Chair

· The Last Battle

If I have to rate this book, I will give it good 7 out of 10.

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