The Magician’s Nephew is the lesser-known beginning of the Chronicles of Narnia.
What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.
NARNIA…where the woods are thick and cold, where Talking Beasts are called to life…a new world where the adventure begins.
Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory’s Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to…somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion’s song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they finally return home.
Most people don’t know it, but The Magician’s Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It has nothing to do with the four children we all know well. It’s an origin story about where the wardrobe comes from and how Narnia was created.
I will post a review of the entire series once I’m finished with it, but so far, I’ve only read the first one. And I’ll be honest. It’s been a while since I’ve read it.
As it’s initially a children’s book, it’s quite easy to read. It only took me only a few hours. It was an entertaining read, and I regretted not reading it as a kid because I know that I would have enjoyed it much more. Because, even though part of me still kind of beliefs in magic, I’m an adult now, and I’ve grown into a genuine person.
This book reminded me of the magic you believe in as a child. The effortless magic hidden behind a simple tree, or a simple object in your house that, as a kid, you have a whole story for. It reminded me of when I played with this ancient broken clock with my siblings. We had this entire magical story about it that if we concentrated, we could time travel with it. But in Narnia, instead of pretending that it works, it works.
Should you read it?
I would recommend this book to any child and to any adult who wants to try and find the magic that we all kind of lose when we grow up. Because once you find it again, you can never really lose it.