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The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Review Book

A beautiful paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. Four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie- step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the second book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone read, but if you would like to explore more of the Narnian realm, pick up The Horse and His Boy, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

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At a time when huge epic films laden with CG creatures are fast becoming nearly the norm, there's still some wowing to be had here, particularly in the case of Aslan, a very beautifully realized animated lion excellently voiced by Liam Neeson. One wouldn't be too far off the mark to say that this film owes its very existence less to the popularity of the Lewis book and more to the success of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, which not only introduced New Zealand to the rest of the world as an ideal place for fantasy filmmaking, but also whetted the public's desire to actually see fantasy films again, after a less-than-steller reputation brought upon by endless examples of crap like the Dungeons and Dragons movie. The effects work here is definitely on a par with Rings, though the direction is somewhat more sedated and reserved. Not bad, just less visceral. Clearly great pains were taken to avoid disturbing children and Christians, two very easily disturbed demographics, and thus there are no explosive exclamations of "bleeding Jesus rectum" (a popular expletive present in nearly every other film, including its famous sixty-seven usages in Citizen Kane) or scenes featuring blood, despite a lengthy battle fought primarily with edged weapons and by betoothed and clawed creatures. The good news is that Aslan is much cooler than Jesus, and does not make us sit through any murky parables or cursings of fig trees along the way. At the same time, Lewis makes an interesting choice in diverging from the source of his mythology by presenting the Judas character as being redeemable, and thus avoiding all that tedious charade with the hanging and the gushing bowels and such. Those who subscribe to the whole Christ legend will have little to complain about here (unless they're as genuinely crazy as Jack T. Chick, who classified the works of both Lewis and Tolkein as witchcraft), and those of us who don't can simply view it as another permutation of a classic myth.

TURAN: Ruling them all is Aslan, the original Lion King and, thanks to pricey special effects, an animal who convincingly speaks like a man. Four British siblings find the entry to this special kingdom located in the back of an enormous wardrobe. Once inside Narnia, the children find they are fated to help Aslan defeat a wicked witch who freezes people with a flick of her wand. Tilda Swinton has the part, and she knows how to make the most of it.

To escape air raids in London, four brothers and sisters, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are sent to stay in an old country mansion owned by Professor Kirke. Lucy, the youngest, is first to discover that the back of an antique wardrobe leads to a snowy world where it's always winter. Edmund, the next youngest, has an encounter with the wicked witch who usurps the leadership of the land. And finally all four learn how their arrival is woven into a prophecy, and meet Aslan, the majestic Lion of Narnia. He's the only one who can destroy the witch's plan to harm them, and the tale of how he does it is timeless.

2) We're introduced to Professor Kirke, an old man with shaggy white hair all over his face. It's our old friend Digory! I never noticed as a kid, but he essentially talks Peter and Susan through C. S. Lewis' own pet theological trilemma; Lunatic, Liar or Lord. In this case, the topic is whether or not to believe Lucy's claim that she's visited a strange land through the back of the wardrobe. The professor explains that if it's not true, she'd have to be either bonkers or untruthful, and Lucy clearly isn't either. (Well, good old Digory ought to know, since he was the boy who unleashed the witch in Narnia in the first place. But we won't find him owning up to that.)

6) The description of the witch's rabble of followers is frightful. Whenever I hear philosophies abound that evil doesn't really exist, I imagine scenes such as this. Lewis lists off Ogres, Spirits of evil trees and poisonous plants, Cruels, Hags, Incubuses, Wraiths, Horrors, Efreets, Sprites, Orknies, Wooses and Ettins. These are Queen Jadis' buddies. He adds, 'and other creatures I won't describe because if I did the grown-ups would probably not let you read this book.' Whoa, I wonder how many adult readers' imaginations may rush to fill in the gaps! One of the pivotal points of the series occurs when these degenerate, despicable beings hold their celebration of triumph as the noble Aslan quietly and gracefully offers up his life on the Stone Table.

The casting of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe was well-done. A few times, the childrenseemed to have trouble staying within their character (mainly Lucy), but overall were able to carrythe film quite well. I must admit I wasn't sure about how they could make the film work upon seeing the kidson screen in the trailers, but I was quite pleased with the outcome. With so many actors and actressesin this film being lesser-known (or entirely unheard of), it helped strengthen the believability of their characters.I wasn't watching the screen thinking "Oh that's [insert well-known actor's name] as Peter!" Instead, William Moseley isPeter. Aslan was brilliantly voiced by Liam Neeson. Although barely credited for the significant role, hisdeep, warm voice seemed the perfect choice for the famous lion. Tilda Swinton was quite wonderful as the witchas well. She was creepy yet seductive enough in her role. While Monica Belluci seemed to portray thosetraits more strongly in The Brothers Grimm, Swinton's portrayal was more appropriate for this sortof film. Finally, Professor Kirke, played by Jim Broadbent, was such a delightful and mysterious character,that I found it was a shame there wasn't more time spent on him.

A pin for the first book in C.S. Lewis's amazing Narnia series, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It features the lamppost the Pevensie children see when they travel through the wardrobe for the first time, and where Lucy meets Mr. Tumnus.

The book is about four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy who are sent from London to an old house in the country to escape the ravages of World War II. Lucy finds a magical wardrobe which leads to the fantasy land of Narnia and befriends a talking fawn, Mr Tumnus. The wicked White Witch has made herself the Queen of Narnia and has put a spell in the land for perpetual winter. With the coming of the 4 children into the land, the return of the lion, Aslan, a prophecy is fulfilled which leads to a battle between good and evil.


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