The Magician’s Nephew

A while ago I read The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis published by Collier Books in 1970.

Lewis writes about the conflict of conscience and nature. Human nature wants to push buttons, ring bells, and enter doors with Keep Out signs. Our conscience tells us not to do these things. In this book, our conscience eventually wins.

Digory is one of the two main characters in this story. He has come from the country to live with his aunt and uncle so that they can look after his sick mother.

Polly lives right next door to Digory. She quickly becomes friends with the boy. She is more timid than Digory but she goes along with all of his plans.

Uncle Andrew Ketterly is Digory’s uncle. He is a magician and he has a secret study in the old empty house down the street. He uses the children as guinea pigs for one of his magical experiments.

Jadis is the last Queen of Charn. Since Charn is dying, she needs a new world to rule. The children accidentally bring her to earth. When they try to get her back, they end up in Narnia.

The Wood Between the Worlds is not where most of this book is spent but since this book splits its time over three different worlds I feel like this is the setting most worth describing. It is a wood with many little ponds that represent different worlds. If you are wearing the correct ring when you jump into a pond you go to that world. The Wood has a debilitating effect on Jadis and Uncle Andrew.

The climax of this story is when Digory must get the magic apple for Aslan. He struggles with deciding whether to give it to Aslan like he promised or to keep it for himself.

I enjoyed this book. It’s interesting because it doesn’t spend as much time in Narnia as the other books do. Also, the main characters in this book have no connection with the main characters from earlier books. I would recommend this book.



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