The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a charming little book. No wonder it's been beloved for so many years. Unlike say, The Golden Compass series, which is steeped in Atheism, Narnia is well-known to be an allegory for Christianity. But unlike The Golden Compass, which I consider this series' antithesis, the deeper message actually works here and isn't too preachy. At least not in this first book. That's not to say that Atheism weighs down The Golden Compass, but the narrative here is much more enjoyable and interesting. It's fun and playful like The Hobbit, which makes sense since Lewis and Tolkien were such good buddies. I plan to read the rest of the series and only hope that it doesn't get too serious like The Lord of the Rings did. A fun little story that never takes itself seriously. I enjoyed it.
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