Saturday, October 31

Book Review: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Title: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe

Author: C.S. Lewis

Pages: 206

Summary: When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to stay with a kind professor who lives in the country, they can hardly imagine the extraordinary adventure that awaits them. It all begins one rainy summer day when the children explore the professor's rambling old house. When they come across a room with an old wardrobe in the corner, Lucy immediately opens the door and gets inside. To her amazement, she suddenly finds herself standing in the clearing of a wood on a winter after-noon, with snowflakes falling through the air. Lucy has found Narnia, a magical land of fauns and centaurs, nymphs and talking animals -- and the beautiful but evil White Witch, who has held the country in eternal winter for a hundred years.

My Rating: 6.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This is one of the cases where the movie is far better then the book. Although it’s my favourite book of the series so far (including some of the ones after it), it’s still not that great. First of all the battle scene is very anti-climatic and dull. I don’t need to have a detailed description of blood guts, and slaughter, but I’d have liked a better idea of what was happening then what the reader gets.
Also, again with the lack of detailed descriptions of this magical world, I get the idea of leaving it up to the reader’s imagination, but at least give us something to work with! The only real descriptions are of the crowns.
One major thing I dislike about the book, and it’s a constant theme in the series is the anti-women elements. Mainly implying women are weak, and shouldn’t be fighting. It’s even stated at one point when Susan gets her bow, it shouldn’t be used for war/fighting unless it’s a last resort because women shouldn’t be there. WTF? Throughout the book there are a lot of things that symbolize women are weak, sinful, etc. And it really bugged me.
What I did like about the book, it’s a better story of the Narnia series where the reader is able to get a better idea what Narnia is, what it’s about, sort of how the magic works, and a very different fantasy world is shown then what we see nowadays. But it’s still missing a lot of elements and it’s a very different book then what I thought it was. I prefer the movie. The newer movies by Disney have done a fantastic job at making Narnia come alive.

Would I recommend it to read: This is the best book of the four I’ve read in the series so far. It gives you a lot more information on how Narnia works and the magic behind it. So I’d say yes. You could even read this book as a stand alone novel if you wish to. You don’t need to read the first to understand this. Although you need to read this one to understand Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the last two books (I think The Horse and His Boy could also be read as a stand alone or skipped all together).

What to read next: The Horse and his Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Last Battle (the other five books listed in Chronological order).

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 999 Challenge, Fall into Reading Challenge, YA Challenge


  1. I'm one of those who feel really nostalgic about the books, having read them over and over as a child. For me the book outshines the movie. But, I haven't read the series in over ten years so I wonder if I'd see its flaws or feel it wasn't as good as remembered, if I read it again now.

  2. Like Jeane, I'm a fan of the books! It either works for you or not, I guess!

    I read them last two or three years ago and they were still magical to me!

  3. I bought my kids an Omnibus edition that has all the stories collected in one book, but have not read it. I think that I probably should, because these books are practically classics and I feel I am missing out. I have seen the movie, but I really want to have something to compare that to. Yours was a great review that I will be keeping in mind when I read the book. Especially in relation to what it says about women.

  4. This is a series that I think is best enjoyed by children. It has such a special place in my heart because of childhood memories, but I don't think it's always the same for adults reading them for the first time. The movies were really well done!

  5. I still have to read the last 2 books in this series, but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is my favorite so far too.