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FREE DOC ð READER The Magician’s Nephew ✓ 9780064409438 ë A full color paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew book one in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia This edition is complete with full color cover and interior art by the original illustrator Pauline BaynesOn a daring uest to savS to enslave them But then the lion Aslan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land a land that will be known as Narnia And in Narnia all things are possib I have owned this beautiful set of illustrated hardback editions of these books since childhood and am only now getting around to reading them After reading this spellbinding first installment I am so mad at myself that I have missed out on entering this world for so longI decided to begin reading this series in chronological rather than publication order as per the numbers on my books and I am so glad I did This brilliantly sets up the rest of the series without giving any spoilers of what is to come The particulars of the plot for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe are well known to me as I have seen the movie adaptation numerous times and it made reading this so special and exciting as facets from the second book were incorporated into the firstRegardless of the order this is one series I believe has universal appeal regardless of age and is one that everyone must read at some point in their lifetime

C.S. Lewis ✓ The Magician’s Nephew BOOK

A full color paperback edition of The Magician's Nephew book one in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia This edition is complete with full color cov Suffers from the same problems as Lewis' other books both his children's fantasy and his pokes at theology Lewis' worldview is not sophisticated and his sense of psychology has a large blind spot However it's not his faith that is the problem it certainly wasn't a problem for Donne or MiltonLewis is simply unable to put himself in another's shoes which is very problematic for a writer or a theologian He cannot understand the reasons or motivations for why someone would do something he considers 'evil' Unlike Milton he cannot create a tempting devil a sympathetic devil and so Lewis' devils are not dangerous because no one would ever fall for themHis villains are like Snidely Whiplash they are comically evil evil not due to some internal motivation but because the narrative reuires it Yet Lewis is not reveling in the comedic promise of overblown evil he's trying to be instructive So he dooms his own instruction it is only capable of warning us about dangers which are so ridiculous that they never could have tempted us in the first placeLikewise his heroes are comically heroic they are not people who struggle to be good who have motivations and an internal life they are just habitually inexplicably good There is nothing respectable in their characters nothing in their philosophies for us to aspire to they are just suffused with an indistinct 'goodness' which like evil is taken for grantedBut then Lewis' world is mostly a faultless one People never act or decide they are lead along by empty symbols of pure good or pure evil following one or the other because they are naive As usual Lewis' view of humanity is predictably dire always too naive too foolish to know what good and evil are even when they are right in front of us and yet we are apparently still to be reviled and cursed when they make the wrong decision even if we couldn't have known what we were aboutLike many of Lewis' works this could have made a profound satire but it's all too precariously serious for Lewis to be mocking There is something unusual in the fact that whenever the amassed evidence of his plot characters and arguments point to a world of confusion in which man is utterly lost Lewis always arrives at the conclusion that we are fundamentally culpable despite the fact that he always depicts us as acting without recognitionThe really frightening thing about Lewis' worldview is that we can never seem to know whether we are naively following good or naively following evil but that the difference between the two is vital and eternal Like Calvin he dooms us to one or another fate and we shall never know which yet unlike Calvin Lewis never really accepts the ultimate conclusion this worldview suggestsThere seems to be at the heart of Lewis' works a desperate pride a desperate sense that we do know even when we think we don't even when Lewis shows us a hundred examples where we couldn't possibly know But that is the crux of the fundamental paradox around which Lewis inevitably frames his stories the paradox which defines his life his philosophies and the impetus for his conversionLike most of us Lewis seems to feel a deep need know what is right to be right Yet his experiences have shown him again and again that we are fundamentally ignorant despite our most devoted attempts to be knowledgeable It's an impassable contradictionLewis saw a world filled with pain ignorance selfishness cruelty senseless violence and refused to accept that this was part of human nature; so he made it an outside thing a thing which was for him always clearly defined He spent most of his writing career trying to show how the effect of this thing could be the excuse for why man commits such terrible acts but without making man himself evil but many men are desperate to avoid the idea that their own mistakes their own forays into 'evil' are ultimately their own faultHe is never able to define the point at which mere naivete becomes guilt The two opposing forces of ignorant evil and willful evil are always nebulous for Lewis and he never succeeds in defining where one ends and the other begins where foolishness becomes damnationHe never defines it philosophically theologically or psychologically Usually he just draws a line arbitrarily between 'good people' people like him and 'bad people' everyone else Like Tolkien he takes the comfortable and familiar and fences it off a little peaceful island home safe against an incomprehensible world It's a comforting worldview one many of us feel drawn to that sense of isolation 'us against the world' the need to be right at all costs to be different from those we habitually condemn to know what is good and what is not but it is not a coherent philosophy it is not conducive to self awareness and it's certainly not the sort of thing we need to be feeding our children Indeed the only thing such self justification invites is further ignorance prejudice and conflictMy List of Suggested Fantasy Books

READER ☆ The Magician’s Nephew ✓ C.S. Lewis

The Magician’s NephewEr and interior art by the original illustrator Pauline BaynesOn a daring uest to save a life two friends are hurled into another world where an evil sorceress seek This is one of those books that make you feel good on a bad day It just puts a smile on your face whether you read it for the first time as an adult or you relive some of the moments of you childhood through it And no I am not that old even if here I sound like I am ancient hahaha