Today I want to write about The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis. In publication order it is the sixth installment of The Chronicles of Narnia. In reading order it would be the first.
With this book, C. S. Lewis tells us about the creation of Narnia and where the evil witch Jadis came from.
It all begins when Digory and Polly start playing together and accidentally stumble into a study. It turns out it belongs to Digory’s uncle how is a rather mischievous person. He tricks the children into putting on some rings that -as it turns out- transport them to a place in between the worlds. When the step through the portal the accidentally wake Jadis from her sleep and she quickly decides that she wants to rule the world…
Well, it is a decent book. What annoyed me is that on several occasions the plot appears rather weird and shallow as you get hardly any explanation. For example, when the kids wake Jadis she briefly tells them the story of her world in a few sentences.
Lewis spent pages describing how someone walks through the woods so a bit more context on a part like really isn’t asked too much.
However, there were also some instances where it all was too easy. There was no fight, no real trouble. Another example: The kids need to get the apple. Well, the go in and out, change a few words with Jadis and everybody lives happy ever after.
For some reason this gave me the impression that Lewis only had a few ideas in mind when he came up this book, ending with a half-done plot that feels rather thin all the way through.
It’s nice to have a bit of info on how Narnia came to be and where Jadis came from, but if you start with something like this, you need to do it properly. I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed with this book.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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