The Magician's Nephew

The Magician's Nephew

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The_Zookeeper
Nov 07, 2020

The audiobook was good, and if it's the same reader, I'll probably move on to the second book. Yes, I know the whole thing is an allegory, but I'm choosing to ignore that and just enjoy the story. I owned the books as a kid, but never really got into them, so I'm trying again.

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yellow_zebra_264
May 28, 2020

Another great Narnia story. “The Magician’s Nephew” discusses the origins of Narnia and some of the things that are part of “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” story. I still think the latter is my favorite, but this one is great as well!

ArapahoeKristy May 18, 2020

I have always loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe but hadn't read The Magician's Nephew in many years. I enjoyed rediscovering the story of how humans first encountered Narnia and the origins of key things that come into play in later stories. Friendship, loyalty, adventure, danger are a few of the elements that come together to make this a great story.

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DavidWudon
May 06, 2020

Its the book that talks about a amazing WORLD!!!!

JCLSallyT Mar 31, 2020

An origin story full of magic and adventure! This story tells of Digory, Polly, and the rotten Uncle Andrew who tricks them into traveling to other worlds. Here the children discover and explore new worlds and must fix the wrongs they commit. The novel is full of loyalty and doing what's right when temptations stand in your way.

TSCPL_AlexH Jan 08, 2020

I have always loved The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe so I was curious about this story. It did not disappoint. This is a sort of origin story for how Narnia came into existence.

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Kevin598
Jul 03, 2019

I enjoyed this book because it was interesting and exciting. I found out that this was the book where all things in Narnia started and the book before the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

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IreadIreview
Mar 25, 2019

A magical read that also explores themes of spirituality and the flaws of humanity. This was the first book of the series I had read (and I recommend reading it in the order preferred by C.S. Lewis: chronologically according to events) and I have fallen in love with the world of Narnia ever since. People of all ages can learn something from these stories.

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Metallicat71
Feb 26, 2019

This was an amazing book! Super detailed and I'm excited to read the next one!

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madmax011
Jun 03, 2018

C.S. Lewis was an amazing writer!!! This probably my favorite book in the Chronicles of Narnia!

JCLBeckyC Jan 13, 2018

Beautiful classic. There are some dark themes in this children's story, but I agree with Matthew de la Pena's essay for Time Magazine, "Why We Shouldn't Shield Children from Darkness": http://time.com/5093669/why-we-shouldnt-shield-children-from-darkness/

A really fantastic work by a celebrated writer. You owe it to yourself to read this one.

LoganLib_Kirra Nov 24, 2017

The Magician's Nephew is a wonderful prequel to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. This book tells the tale of a boy and girl who travelled to Narnia and met Aslan and the evil witch long before the four children did. I really enjoyed this book and the simple way the author has written the story made it fly by with all action and no boring bits!

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Crystal_37
Sep 06, 2017

A well written book that makes me want to have the same experience.

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angelflyer
Aug 21, 2017

This is an excellent article which seems to summarize Lewis' true meaning of the series:
http://www.crisismagazine.com/2017/c-s-lewiss-magicians-nephew

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

I'm irked that the publisher calls this the first book in the Narnia series, since it originally was published later than the others. Upon re-reading it I can see it could work as a gentle, fairy-tale-like introduction to the series. But the other books still have more to offer.

JCLDebbieL Mar 14, 2017

Discover how the world of Narnia came into existence. Although this is the sixth book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, the events that take place within the book occur before the children discovered the wardrobe in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The origin of the lamppost, the way the witch entered into Narnia and the reason the wardrobe is the entrance into Narnia are all revealed in the Magician's Nephew. Adults and children alike will enjoy this classic.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 09, 2017

I'm not really sure how this whole series works, but I know that this is the very first book. Or prologue. Or something. I felt that even though C.S Lewis' writing techniques and flow didn't really fit me at parts, it was still highly enjoyable. Polly was a very relatable character, and at times I could visualize her really well. The whole entire spin on what happened "before/at the start of Narnia" is truly an interesting adventure, involving the differences between green and yellow, left and right, good and evil, and such. This bridge into The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is pretty great, if you ask me. 4/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Digory whose uncle was a magician. He created these rings which were made out of magic and that led to several other worlds. Digory’s neighbor was a girl named Polly and they went to Digory’s house to hang out. They soon discovered Digory’s uncle’s magical rings and were told to put them on by Digory’s uncle. When Polly put the yellow ring on, she vanished into thin air. Digory thought she was in danger and went to save her. Before he put on the yellow ring, his uncle told him to put a green ring in his right pocket without telling him the reason why. He carefully slid it in his pocket, and then put on his yellow ring. Digory appeared in a quiet forest where he found Polly. There were pools there which lead to other worlds and they jumped into one. When they entered it, they found themselves in a desolated area. They went into some building and found an enchantment on a stone tablet there with a hammer. Digory smashed the hammer onto the stone tablet and a witch was summoned. At that moment, they were in trouble.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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akzfineart
Feb 12, 2017

An old-time classic, The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis is my favourite of the Narnia series. Polly meets Digory, the nephew of her next door neighbour, and while Polly has always considered Digory’s uncle odd, she never expected to be sent to the Wood between Worlds. It’s there that Digory and Polly discover other worlds, like the one that holds a powerful sorceress and the recently born Narnia.

I found Digory’s uncle Andrew to be a very interesting character. He creates these rings from dust said to come from Atlantis; the dust inherited from a woman he met several years ago. I love exploring alternate worlds, so this Wood between Worlds was a compelling element to read about. The book carries the same sort of charm as the rest of the series, but also works as a standalone, so you can read it without feeling the pressure of investing in six other books.

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mchelli
Dec 10, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a boy named Digory whose uncle was a magician. He created these rings which were made out of magic and that led to several other worlds. Digory’s neighbor was a girl named Polly and they went to Digory’s house to hang out. They soon discovered Digory’s uncle’s magical rings and were told to put them on by Digory’s uncle. When Polly put the yellow ring on, she vanished into thin air. Digory thought she was in danger and went to save her. Before he put on the yellow ring, his uncle told him to put a green ring in his right pocket without telling him the reason why. He carefully slid it in his pocket, and then put on his yellow ring. Digory appeared in a quiet forest where he found Polly. There were pools there which lead to other worlds and they jumped into one. When they entered it, they found themselves in a desolated area. They went into some building and found an enchantment on a stone tablet there with a hammer. Digory smashed the hammer onto the stone tablet and a witch was summoned. At that moment, they were in trouble.

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karatemaster
Nov 09, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of my favourites in my Narnia book collection. It is funny, with memorable characters and tells us the beginning of a world we love. The villain is very well-written and done, with more (I believe) intrigue than in the second book of this series. I love this book and highly recommend it.

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Sreeja2005
Jun 27, 2015

"The Magician's Nephew" is a fantasy novel. It all started in the attic and the two children traveled to different worlds, where good wins over the evil. The author C.S. Lewis relates to love and guardianship through out the story. It is a good read for 9 years and above.

MedinaReads Jun 18, 2015

"What is the cure for a boring summer? Exploring! That's what two friends, Digory and Polly, believe about their own rainy, England summer. They get more excitement than they bargained for when the two children run into Digory's sly Uncle Andrew. He tricks Polly into touching a magic ring, transporting her to another world. Digory must go there in order to bring her back to England. Once reunited, however, the children don't go home just yet. They again set out exploring, this time in the "other place." Throughout the children's travels they meet some quirky taking animals, encounter the great lion, Aslan and set an evil enchantresses free in their own London neighborhood! As the prequel to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Magician's Nephew details the creation of the land of Narnia and the origin of key features from other Narnia books such as the White Witch, the wardrobe and lamppost. With its adventure, humor, and imagination, this charming tale is sure to delight readers of all ages." Recommended by S.W., Seville Library, MCDL

sawyssauce Jun 01, 2015

A Great Book to start a great book series I love the lion aslan

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gage2010
Feb 13, 2015

I wish they would make this one into a movie! While there are no battles and the majority is just set up for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (book 2) and The Last Battle (book 7) I find it very fun because it's all about creating new worlds, making new friends, and choosing between right and wrong. If you have seen the movie version of L, W, & W then the boy and girl in this, Diggory and Polly, are the older Professor and Matron in the movie that take care of the Pevensie children who find the wardrobe. :3


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