During the bombing blitzes of WWII, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are siblings sent to live in a country English estate . While exploring the mansion, they are transported to the magical land of Narnia (through a wardrobe), where they must help the lion, Aslan defeat the evil witch.
I have been interested in this book since I was a child. For some reason, I had somehow gotten the impression that this story was very scary (perhaps because of the 1970’s animated movie). So I never read it until now. I am trying to read more classics, when I saw a copy at my library, I decided to give it a chance.
Usually classics take me awhile to read since the prose can be hard to understand. This book was very easy to read, and I found the prose to be very fluid. The story is said to have many religious metaphors. These were very subtle and didn’t distract from the story, although you can certainly read between the lines. Although some parts involving the Witch, can be a bit scary, this is still a great book for children.
When a book is so engrained in our culture, that you can’t imagine a time when it didn’t exist, you know it’s a classic. The theme and lessons of bravery, friendship, loyalty and sacrifice are still as relevant today. It’s wonderful descriptions and imagery can still spark imaginations almost seventy years later.
I give ‘The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe’, four and a half stars.