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Title: narnia
Post by: moonbeam99 on Thu Mar 21, 2013 - 21:02:20
is the chronicals of narnia good ?
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Post by: JohnDB on Thu Mar 21, 2013 - 21:04:18
First off

"ARE" the Chronicles of Narnia good?

NOT "is".

And YES. They are.
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Post by: Nevertheless on Thu Mar 21, 2013 - 21:23:08
No, they are not good. They are FANTASTIC!!!!


I first read the Narnia series when I was about 9 or 10. I've reread it many, many times in the 40 years since.
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Post by: winsome on Fri Mar 22, 2013 - 10:03:29
Absolutely great - for children and adults.

Read them in the correct order if you can.

Several films have been made as well - also excellent. But I think reading the original books is usually better (not just for the Narnia series)
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Post by: DaveW on Fri Mar 22, 2013 - 10:21:21
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Read them in the correct order if you can.

Which order?  Chronologically in the narnian timeline (starting with Magician's Nephew) or in order of publication? (starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
Title: Re: narnia
Post by: winsome on Fri Mar 22, 2013 - 10:30:34
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Read them in the correct order if you can.

Which order?  Chronologically in the narnian timeline (starting with Magician's Nephew) or in order of publication? (starting with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

I did think about that but decided not to complicate matters.

As far as I know the only one published out of sequence is the Magician's Nephew which is a "prequel".

IMO start with the Lion the Witch and the Wadrobe and read the Magician's Nephew at any time. But I don't think it matters much.
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Post by: Catholica on Fri Mar 22, 2013 - 10:36:54
The order that they were published was:

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician's Nephew
The Last Battle

Chronologically they go:
The Magician's Nephew
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle

I am partial to the publication order because that is the order I read them first as a child.  A young fan wrote once to C.S. Lewis suggesting they be read in chronological order, and Lewis liked the idea, and that is how they are usually ordered when you buy them these days.  The Magician's Nephew is like Genesis, while The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is like the Gospels.
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Post by: InHisTime77 on Tue Apr 02, 2013 - 17:04:32
You MUST read these books! I've loved everything I have read by C.S. Lewis.
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Post by: The Society on Wed May 29, 2013 - 19:27:09
My favorite book of all time is the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.  You'll love it!  The best part is the C.S. Lewis was a Christian author (with a great salvation story btw) and you can see the books have a basis with the Bible.
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Post by: Sister_barista on Thu May 15, 2014 - 21:36:38
We read these books as an adult reading group discussing all the analogies we could find along the way.  We did this several times and always found more analogies.   He says he did not write in all of the analogies.  I think he was lead by the Spirit!   
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Post by: RavenWood on Thu Jun 26, 2014 - 16:27:56
C.S. Lewis was a genius.  Young or old, everyone owes it to themselves to read these books.  You can read them once when you are a kid and appreciate them on one level, then read them all over again as an adult and get something totally new.  That's how good they are.

I liked the movies too, but they just didn't have the detail and layers of the book.  Or always capture the beauty of Lewis's prose.  (They also made a cartoon version that I watched when I was a kid in Sunday School.  The scene where Aslan was shaved and killed made me cry & I my parents had to pick me up.  Very traumatic for a kid!  ::doh:: )