#Narniathon21: Tales of Narnia

By way of extending our Narniathon for those who felt bereft after The Last Battle I suggested readers seek out Katherine Langrish‘s excellent study From Spare Oom to War Drobe, subtitled ‘Travels in Narnia with my Nine Year-Old Self.’ As you might guess, this then is “a personal reading of the Seven Chronicles, blending literary …

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#Narniathon21: the apple orchard

It’s #Narniathon21 discussion time again, and we’re now considering the sixth Narniad title, The Magician’s Nephew (1955) even though this is now placed first in the chronological order publishers advertise. You’ll know the drill now. I pose three general questions about the book. You either answer them or ignore them, should you choose to comment. …

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Rich in themes: #Narniathon21

Lewis mines material from his own huge learning, drawing on theology, Renaissance geography, myth, folktales, medieval writings, and even earlier children’s books… Diana Wynne Jones (2012:48) Where fans of Narnia are concerned The Horse and His Boy (1954) doesn’t rate as highly among their favourites as others in the series (though usually, it must be …

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Throneless under earth: #Narniathon21

The Silver Chair by C S Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Diamond Books 1997 (1953). ‘Though under Earth and throneless now I be, Yet, while I lived, all Earth was under me.’ Chapter Ten After escaping bullies two children from a coeducational school in 1940s Britain find themselves in a strange and extraordinarily vivid land …

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