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abookaweek 2012: week three

2012 January 22

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis

Category: Children’s / YA

Story: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are four siblings who have to move to a professor’s house in the country to escape the attacks during WWII. While exploring the house, they find a wardrobe that opens up into the land of Narnia, which is populated by all sorts of magical creatures. They soon find themselves in the middle of the battle over the land.

Opinion: As I mentioned last week, most of the books I read as a child were from the horror genre, which I think is why I missed out on some classic children’s stories, like this one. But I think it’s safe to say that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an enchanting read no matter what age you are.

It’s very intelligently written, definitely not dumbed down for its target audience, something I always appreciate in children’s lit; for instance I love the moments when Lewis breaks the fourth wall to make a quip. On the other hand I can’t say I am a fan of the allegory of Christ’s crucifixion, and I wish Lewis would have made it less dramatic.

As an aside, I had a bit of a WTF moment when Santa Claus made an appearance.

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