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PDF ê The Magician’s Nephew õ The Secret Passage To The House Next Door Leads To A Fascinating AdventureNARNIAwhere The Woods Are Thick And Cold, Where Talking Beasts Are Called To Lifea New World Where The Adventure BeginsDigory 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 Tosomewhere Else They Find Their Way To Narnia, Newborn From The Lion S Song, And Encounter The Evil Sorceress Jadis Before They Finally Return Home Despite the fact that The Magicians Nephew is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia, strangely, it is frequently overlooked People skip straight ahead to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and then, at a later date come back to this book.Personally, I like this book just as well as any others in the series I love to see how everything got started, the lamp post, the wardrobe, the White Witch Not to mention the beautiful allegory of Creation The Magician s Nephew also has good morals, and I really appriciate that I would recommend this book to anyone, boy or girl, old or young.3 4 14, edited to add Please feel free to read and enjoy the series however you deem best I haven t read any of the Chronicles of Narnia in six years, and now have very little opinion on the debate of what order to read these good books in My previous opinion was based on my long lived, chronological order reading preference I liked to see things in a linear sequence Of course this was AFTER my initial reading of the series, most likely in publication order. Suffers from the same problems as Lewis other books, both his children s fantasy and his pokes at theology Lewis worldview is not sophisticated, and his sense of psychology has a large blind spot However, it s not his faith that is the problem it certainly wasn t a problem for Donne or Milton.Lewis is simply unable to put himself in another s shoes, which is very problematic for a writer or a theologian He cannot understand the reasons or motivations for why someone would do something he considers evil Unlike Milton, he cannot create a tempting devil, a sympathetic devil, and so Lewis devils are not dangerous, because no one would ever fall for them.His villains are like Snidely Whiplash they are comically evil, evil not due to some internal motivation, but because the narrative requires it Yet Lewis is not reveling in the comedic promise of overblown evil, he s trying to be instructive So he dooms his own instruction it is only capable of warning us about dangers which are so ridiculous that they never could have tempted us in the first place.Likewise, his heroes are comically heroic they are not people who struggle to be good, who have motivations and an internal life, they are just habitually, inexplicably good There is nothing respectable in their characters, nothing in their philosophies for us to aspire to, they are just suffused with an indistinct goodness which, like evil, is taken for granted.But then, Lewis world is mostly a faultless one People never act or decide, they are lead along by empty symbols of pure good or pure evil, following one or the other because they are naive As usual, Lewis view of humanity is predictably dire always too naive, too foolish to know what good and evil are, even when they are right in front of us, and yet we are apparently still to be reviled and cursed when they make the wrong decision, even if we couldn t have known what we were about.Like many of Lewis works, this could have made a profound satire, but it s all too precariously serious for Lewis to be mocking There is something unusual in the fact that, whenever the amassed evidence of his plot, characters, and arguments point to a world of confusion in which man is utterly lost, Lewis always arrives at the conclusion that we are fundamentally culpable, despite the fact that he always depicts us as acting without recognition.The really frightening thing about Lewis worldview is that we can never seem to know whether we are naively following good or naively following evil, but that the difference between the two is vital and eternal Like Calvin, he dooms us to one or another fate, and we shall never know which, yet unlike Calvin, Lewis never really accepts the ultimate conclusion this worldview suggests.There seems to be, at the heart of Lewis works, a desperate pride, a desperate sense that we do know, even when we think we don t, even when Lewis shows us a hundred examples where we couldn t possibly know But that is the crux of the fundamental paradox around which Lewis inevitably frames his stories, the paradox which defines his life, his philosophies, and the impetus for his conversion.Like most of us, Lewis seems to feel a deep need know what is right to be right Yet his experiences have shown him, again and again, that we are fundamentally ignorant, despite our most devoted attempts to be knowledgeable It s an impassable contradiction.Lewis saw a world filled with pain, ignorance, selfishness, cruelty, senseless violence, and refused to accept that this was part of human nature so he made it an outside thing, a thing which was, for him, always clearly defined He spent most of his writing career trying to show how the effect of this thing could be the excuse for why man commits such terrible acts, but without making man himself evil but many men are desperate to avoid the idea that their own mistakes, their own forays into evil , are ultimately their own fault.He is never able to define the point at which mere naivete becomes guilt The two opposing forces of ignorant evil and willful evil are always nebulous for Lewis, and he never succeeds in defining where one ends and the other begins, where foolishness becomes damnation.He never defines it philosophically, theologically, or psychologically Usually, he just draws a line arbitrarily between good people people like him and bad people everyone else Like Tolkien, he takes the comfortable and familiar and fences it off a little peaceful island home, safe against an incomprehensible world It s a comforting worldview, one many of us feel drawn to, that sense of isolation, us against the world , the need to be right at all costs, to be different from those we habitually condemn, to know what is good and what is not but it is not a coherent philosophy, it is not conducive to self awareness, and it s certainly not the sort of thing we need to be feeding our children Indeed, the only thing such self justification invites is further ignorance, prejudice, and conflict.My List of Suggested Fantasy Books It s mildly embarrassing that I ve lived almost 32 years and I ve only read one book from the Narnia series Well, I guess I ve read two now, but I feel like I should have read those a long time ago As an adult, it s difficult to even rate this book fairly because the adult version of myself wants to be all critical and make comments about how this isn t Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it s not supposed to be And that s fine with me Is this the first book in the series Is it the sixth Does it even matter I m reading it first because I conducted a very thorough investigation into the series and determined that my plan to read them this way is the right way to read them However, my very scientific thorough analysis also concluded that this book can be read later and no one really cares and it doesn t really matter in the grand scheme of things Just read the series is all I m saying, although I haven t even read the series myself so that may be moderately premature on my part It was neat to read about the origins of Narnia Whoa did I just say neat That was an accident Lemme get back to words I actually use in real life It was awesome to read about the origins of Narnia The lamp post and the witch and whatnot Aslan That was just autocorrected to Asian so that was funny I don t have any reason to believe he is an Asian lion, but I again haven t read the entire series yet so that could be explored in future novels where Aslan spends his childhood as a small lion cub in Beijing before creating Narnia later in life I don t think that s accurate though Lewis really writes an engaging fantasy tale that is surprising full of beautiful descriptions rather than nonstop action I appreciate the world building in the book which I found pretty detailed for a children s book I also like that I don t really know some of the characters well, but feel like the less important ones are gonna be showing up later on down the road I m excited to continue this trek through Narnia My kids don t give a flip about it so I m gonna be on my own Maybe when their older they will have a longer attention span and a better appreciation of great books Dad s gonna keep rolling in the meantime. No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice I loved the narration of The Magician s Nephew, it s clear, imaginative, and addicting This book took me book to the time when I was sitting and listening to my grandma s tales She always told me about folklores I can still remember the story about there s a ghost hiding in the closet, it made me so scared and never ever wanted to open the closet alone again.This book literally made me feel like that I kept wondering why I did and figured out because of its voice that was very classic and magical that I didn t want it to be over Besides the fun I get from this book, The Magician s Nephew is alike a doctrine as if I was reading the Bible 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 Lewis had his way to tell the story He thoroughly showed me about this world where the origin of Narnia comes from Not only I got to know about the wardrobe, but I was introduced to the characer that would be a big part in the next book The Magician s Nephew should be read before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for you to get full knowledge about this world.https goo.gl qk8zDx