Jim’s #26: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

What a classic!  I don’t really have a ton to say about the book since I’m sure everyone that’s reading this has already seen the movie and most have probably read the book.  It was great.  A great story line, wonderful character development, and altogether fun and engaging.  After reading the Magician’s Nephew first, it is clear through some references in this one, that this was meant to be read first.  Jon Freiburg’s comment on my last post points to a neat article in Christianity Today on the chronology of the anthology.

Again, the depiction of Aslan as the Christ figure was great to read.  There were other biblical features that Lewis through in that I thought were particularly neat.  The deep magic of course referred to the law and the broken stone table simulating the torn veil.  Aslan’s words to Lucy and Susan on the night of his death were neat as well, instructing them to keep him company, but only to a certain moment, after which he would need to proceed on his own like the Garden of Gethsemane.  After his resurrection, it was the girls who were the first to see him as well and then he went to the Queen’s castle itself to free the souls she had claimed.  So many references yet they weren’t forced in any way and if you weren’t looking for them, I could see missing them altogether.  I spose that’s part of what makes the series so universal.

I think my favorite part of the book, however, was the pictures of Aslan, both in his playful, loving manner as when he was playing with the girls after his resurrection, and his ferocious, fearsome demeanor towards all things dark.  His emotions throughout the book were captivating in themselves.  His is certainly not a tame lion, but he is good.

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