Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Well hey everybody. I'm back! I'm alive! I'm in Boston(ish)!

And I missed a couple weeks of Top Ten Tuesdays, but I'm just going to let that go, and hop back in with a review.

For one of my classes for my MA, I got to reread The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

It's definitely been more than a decade since I read this series. It was interesting going back to it because when I originally read it, I had no idea it was "supposed to be" about Christianity and the story of Jesus and God and all of that allegory. I simply didn't see it. I actually almost got into a fist fight with a kid in 10th grade when he brought it up. I was so 100% not aware of or reading it for that reason.

This read-through, I obviously had a better grasp of the intended (? -- but I'm going to go with yes because Lewis writes a lot of religious works) allegories. Honestly, it was a hard book for me to start reading. A large part of that is because I recently read The Magicians which did not agree with me at all (and which creates a world based almost entirely on Narnia -- with some HP influences). But once I really got into the story again, I was surprised at how quickly it flew by. 

It's a short book (my edition clocks in at just under 200 pages) and it features numerous illustrations. I had the problem (and perhaps still do to some extent) of blowing past illustrations in favor of the words, so I really tried to take a look at the illustrations this time around. Many of them are quite beautiful and simplistic. 

I loved this series so much in my youth, but I feel like this time around I wasn't as impressed. It was still a good story, but there were so many outside influences corrupting my enjoyment. It also read a lot more simplistically than I remembered the story. 

Overall, I think it's a story that kids will still enjoy. 

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