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The Chronicles of Narnia

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The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C.S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is perhaps the author's best known work. More than 95 million copies of the books have been sold in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia contains Christian themes and borrows from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional English and Irish fairy tales. The books have been adapted for radio, television, stage and cinema. Pauline Baynes illustrated the original books in the series.

The Chronicles present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good is fighting evil.

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    Published in 1950, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe presents the story of four ordinary children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie, who find their way into the magical land of Narnia where they meet the great lion Aslan and take part in breaking the evil White Witch's amazing power.

    Prince Caspian
    Published in 1951, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia tells the story of the Pevensie children's second trip to Narnia where they discover that an evil king from Telmar has taken control of Narnia. This foreign ruler has tried to kill off the magical creatures of Narnia, but there are still many hiding in the remote corners of the land. The four children help the young Prince Caspian organize his army of Talking Beasts, and, with the help of the great lion Aslan, Narnia is once more freed of evil.

    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    Published in 1952, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader returns Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, to Narnia. Once there they accompany King Caspian on a voyage to find the seven lords who were banished when Caspian's evil uncle Miraz stole the throne. This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan's country at the end of the world.

    The Silver Chair
    Published in 1953, The Silver Chair is the first book without the Pevensie children. Instead, Aslan calls Eustace back to Narnia together with his fellow student Jill Pole. There they are given four clues to find Prince Rilian who is missing. Eustace and Jill face danger before finding Rilian and breaking him free from the spell of the Emerald Witch.

    TheHorse and His Boy
    Published in 1954, The Horse and His Boy tells the story of Bree, a talking horse, and Shasta, a young boy, who have been held in bondage in a country to the South of Narnia. By chance, one day they meet and plan their return to Narnia and freedom. On their journey they discover that the Calormenes are about to invade Narnia and sound the alarm. This chronicle is set during the reign of the Pevensie Children as Kings and Queens of Narnia.

    The Magician's Nephew
    Published in 1955, the prequel The Magician's Nephew brings us back to the very beginning of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Many mysteries of Narnia are revealed as another group of children stumble into Narnia via an entirely different route.

    The Last Battle
    Published in 1956 and awarded the Carnegie Medal, The Last Battle chronicles the end of the world of Narnia. Jill and Eustace are returned to Narnia to help save it from treacherous invaders and a false Aslan.

Have you read any books from the series?

If yes, which ones?

How did you like them?

What do you think of the Biblical themes Lewis introduces in the books?

Do you think the description of the Calomorenes is racist?
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cool_pooja IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 08 October 2007 at 4:36am | IP Logged
I havnt read these books however i have heard a lot about these series.. However till yet i havnt really picked them up! Embarrassed
lotus2007 Senior Member

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Posted: 08 October 2007 at 12:29pm | IP Logged
Im also havnt read htese booksCrysorry cant discass them with youBig smile.
ELAS101 IF-Dazzler

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Posted: 08 October 2007 at 4:19pm | IP Logged
I have read all the books in this series and I have to say that they are great!! They are really nice fantasy books, very interesting plot line and engaging characters. When I started reading them I couldn't wait to read the next. I think the best thing was that although the books are in a series, each book focuses on a different point in time, so it is like picking up a differnt book. I strongly suggest Chronicles of Narnia. CS Lewis did a really amazing job writing the books, I especially liked the first and last one because of the way he showed how the world started and ended.
sparkling_gems IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 13 October 2007 at 1:25am | IP Logged
sorry i haven't read any of these books Cry but will try some time soon Smile
jdsean Goldie

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Posted: 13 October 2007 at 4:15pm | IP Logged
I read the first two, of the series and just never got around to the others. When I read the book I didn't really know and pay attention to the book, but when I read it again it really is a great series, and everyone should read it.
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