Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Is There a World in the Wardrobe?

"Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you!" 
~ Lucy Pevensie/ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 

When the Pevensie children arrive at Professor Kirke's countryside manor, they can't help but feel dismal about their situation. It's bad enough that WWII has forced them to leave their home in London, but their new residence doesn't look very welcoming. In fact, they quickly realize it's best if they remain out of sight and not disturb anything. The dull, quiet house inspires a game, and when the youngest sister, Lucy, stumbles upon a world hidden within a wardrobe and meets a faun named Tumnus, she can't believe her luck. She rushes to tell her brothers and sister, but Peter, Edmund, and Susan don't believe her. After seeing nothing more than fur coats hanging in the old wardrobe, they begin to worry about Lucy's sanity. Edmund also discovers the wardrobe's secret, but he meets up with a witch who introduces herself as the Queen of Narnia. Because of an old prophecy, she entices Edmund with a bit of enchanted Turkish Delight. Once under her spell, he'll do anything to get more of the delicious treat. The witch tells him to bring his siblings to her, and she'll give him as much as he desires. When Edmund returns home, Lucy's excited that he found out the wardrobe's secret, but her thoughts on the witch are very different from his. Will Edmund's desire for more Turkish Delight compel him to hand over his brother and sisters to the witch? What does Professor Kirke know about Narnia? Are the Pevensie children the four humans mentioned in the prophecy? Who is Aslan? You will have to read this incredible book to find out! 

I couldn't help but fall into the captivating scenes in this story. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is pure adventure! I felt sad for Lucy when no one believed her about the wardrobe and was excited when she found out Edmund had been to Narnia too. My heart sank when he didn't back up her story in front of Peter and Susan, but I couldn't help feeling sorry for Edmund, always in Peter's shadow. The White Witch is the perfect evil queen for a land where the magic runs deep. You can practically smell the crispness of the snow when Lucy pushes past the fur coats and steps into Narnia for the first time. This story is full of surprises, and I'd recommend it to those who wish to be whisked away to a place where their imagination can soar! 

Has anyone else read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or any other books in The Chronicles of Narnia collection? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~ L

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37 comments:

  1. I have a box set of all the books in the series. One of my favourite childhood stories, like lots of others readers my favourite has to be the Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.

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    1. Tracy- I love that you have the box set set aside. :) ~L

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  2. I haven't read these for ages, but they were always so wonderful! Though I always wondered, what is Turkish Delight? :)

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    1. Meradeth- I wondered that too- but I looked it up. From Wikipedia: Turkish Delight is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater or lemon, the former giving it a characteristic pale pink color. It has a soft, sticky consistency, and is often packaged and eaten in small cubes that are dusted with sugar to prevent sticking. Some recipes include small nut pieces, usually pistachio, hazelnut or walnuts.

      I don't know anyone who has tried it! :) ~L

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  3. I loved this book when I read it as a girl and so did my Kiddo. I haven't reread it, but keep meaning to so maybe I will be inspired. Turkish Delight? One of my very favorite confections. Apparently, lots of American kids think it's something made up for the book, including mine, so I wrote a blog post about it once at http://thechildrenswar.blogspot.com/2011/03/turkish-delight-aka-locum.html
    It's pretty easy to make.
    Thanks for reminding me about this wonderful story.

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    1. Alex- How wonderful you shared the link to your blog post about Turkish Delight. I will have to check it out! It would be fun to eat some while reading the Narnia series. :) ~L

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  4. I love the lion, the witch but haven't read any of the others in the series. I would like to though and must add them to my tbr pile. We always had Turkish Delight at Christmas, I used to eat the sugar out of the bottom of the box!

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    1. Barbara- I love that you know and have traditions with Turkish Delight. I think you would enjoy reading the whole series. :) ~L

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  5. Love that book. Love the whole series, but The Magician's Nephew is my favorite of them all. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, although his voice for fiction is a little dry to begin with, he creates such wonderful tales with incredible values. =)

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  6. I think this book and story have stood the test of time. Love it.

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    1. Crystal- So wonderful to hear from another fan of the series. C.S. Lewis created some amazing characters. :) ~L

      Heidi- They have definitely stood the test of time! Always fun to fall into this series. :) ~L

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  7. Those were my FAVE books when I was in fifth grade! Those books fried up my imagination and propelled me to scifi in my early teens. Or anything that was floridly imaginative.

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    1. Catherine- I love that this series is still popular today! It really get the imagination going. Look at the springboard it was for you. :) So cool! ~L

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  8. I loved that book and read it along with my daughter.

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    1. Editors at Work- That must have been a fabulous experience for both of you! :) ~L

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  9. One of my favorites! I always hated to come back into the real world.

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  10. I can't believe I've never read this. I need to!

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    1. Cate- I hope you get to read it soon! :) ~L

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  11. I've never read the book, but my kids and I watched the film version when they were younger. It's an interesting story!

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    1. Karen- The movie is great- but I hope you get to read the books. i think you will really enjoy them! :) ~L

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  12. Strangely enough, I read this as a kid and didn't really enjoy it - not enough to read the 2nd one even. But it's such a loved classic, I should give it a try again :)

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    1. Jemi- It would be interesting to see if you enjoyed it more as an adult. Sometimes we read a story and we aren't in the right mood or time in our life for it (and sometimes it just isn't our cup of tea). :) ~L

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  13. I read them all as a child and have read three to my daughter. I agree with Crystal, The Magician's Nephew is the best one.

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    1. The Armchair Squid- How cool that you have read three with your daughter. What a special thing to share together. :) ~L

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  14. I loved this book and the others in this series. Pure magic!

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  15. I love this book! I read the whole series, but this book is the one that I remember the most. A definite favourite :)

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    1. Sue- So glad to hear you loved this one as well. It is a favorite of mine for sure. :) ~L

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  16. I know this sounds weak but I've been meaning to get to the Narnia series for a few years now. (I'll buy it as a Christmas gift for myself this year.) I've watched it on TV and it definitely looks like one I'd enjoy tremendously.

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    1. Claudine- I can totally understand why you haven't gotten to it! So many books out there. I know I have books on my list that have been there for years. :) I hope you enjoy the series when you get to it! ~L

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  17. Amazing review. <3 Thank you so much for sharing :D I have not read the book yet.. but I did adore the movie :) I'm not sure I want to read the books, as I have heard what author does with Susan later on. GRRRR. Makes me very angry. So probably not for me, lol, which is a shame. Sigh. But I might read book one :) Anyway. Love the post :)

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    1. Carina- If you adored the movie I think you will love the book. You could always stick with the first one- it is a book that could easily be read on its own and enjoyed. :) Then you don't need to worry about Susan! :) ~L

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  18. I have never gotten around to reading these, but I know I should. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Rosi- If you get to read them I hope you enjoy them! I understand not getting to books- so many out there. :) ~L

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  19. I love the whole Narnia collection. I've read them more than once and CS Lewis makes his world so real that it's fun to visit. Did you know that CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien often got together with other authors to talk about their writings? No surprise to me that both invented fascinating worlds.

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    1. Donna- He does make Narnia such an interesting place to visit. I had no idea that C.S. Lewis and Tolkien got together with other writers to talk about writing. How fun would it have been to have been a fly on the wall for those conversations! :) ~L

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