The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I know a lot of Narniacs, and all of them are aghast when they learn that I'd never read Chronicles of Narnia. It was on my list of 101 Fantasy Books in 10 Years, so I knew I'd be diving into it eventually.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the story of four children sent from London to wait out the blitz in the care of an old, eccentric man in his big, rambling mansion. In his house are many rooms, and in one of those rooms is a wardrobe. Youngest of the four, Lucy, climbs into the wardrobe and finds herself in another world: Narnia, where it's always winter, but never Christmas.
Lucy returns to the mansion and eventually she and her siblings join forces with the lion Aslan to fight against the White Witch, who caused the endless winter.
For as much ground as the story covers, it's remarkably short and focused. It's very much a Christian allegory, with Aslan playing the Christ role. His return marks the return of Christmas, and of Spring. There are other parallels as well.
I have to say I enjoyed the story, though I'm not especially eager to read the next book in the series. For me, it was a take-it-or-leave-it story.
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