Review in English
Rating: 4.7 out of 5
“But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs. The signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.” – Aslan
Finally! I can talk to you about my second favorite book as a child!
The Chronicles of Narnia consisted of 7 short books, with each of it has different stories, yet will be related to the one before, although reading it separately won’t be a problem either. However, you’ll get a more comprehensive story by reading it according to the order of the books.
But first of all, what the hell is The Chronicles of Narnia? Well, it’s about a land called Narnia, a magical land, with magical creatures, with magical ruler (I told you it’s gonna be good). Fortunately, the human world (that by the time has the background setting of the times around World War II), is connected to Narnia, through several magical portals that can only children enters. This book is highly recommended for children and/or teenager, but reading it as an adult will give you even higher satisfaction, because it hides countless religious views that you can only grasp when you are older. C.S Lewis, the writer, is a Christian apologist and a professor in Oxford University, which makes this books contain deep religion sense and historical details here and there (what is up with me and historical books?).
Since I am not a Christian, I am not familiar with all the similarities of the Bible’s stories (I found several stories that are similar with Bible, yet widely known by common people, or related to the concept of God), but I have my suspicions that there are actually more than I recognized. It is very interesting, how children’s book can entertain us with philosophy and religion debates throughout its story. I hope you would not get caught up with Christianity, and refused to read it because you are from different religion, since it will be a shame to live a life without reading this book. Besides, the religious story that it tells is more on the general side, it taught you about faith, God, and humans. It is such a great book as an introduction for children of what religion is all about.
There are seven books, which are:
- The Magician’s Nephew
This book is the prequel, the beginning of the story, the root of all tales, and the creation of Narnia universe. Fun fact, just like any other prequel, The Magician’s Nephew didn’t actually released first, but it was being released just a year before the last book of The Chronicles of Narnia’s series. No matter what, I think it’s not really vital to read this book first, I am just telling you according to the times of Narnia as the story goes by.
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Well, I suspect you already know this one, because it’s the most popular one, and also with the best movie that has been published in 2005. This book will tell you about the dark times of Narnia, and the adventures of our heroes (The Pevensies Children) in it. I really love this one!
- The Horse and His Boy
I will call this one as The-Most-Separated-Story. Why? Because the story of The Horse and His Boy is not really related to the other books, and there is almost no interference from the ‘real’ world. It’s a pure story of Narnia, yet it becomes one of the most famous legends of Narnia that keeps getting mentioned in other books. This book is so full of values that children should understand (as with the other books), but especially friendship. Plus, you’ll get better understanding of the geographical position of Narnia and the other country surrounding it.
- Prince Caspian
Again, the movie based on this book has been published in 2008, and I think you probably know it, although I don’t think the movie is as good as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. In this book you’ll realized how time runs differently between the ‘real’ world and Narnia. In addition, The Pevensies will reappear here and involved in one of the most horrifying war, with several scenes related to Bible. Horray!
- The Voyage of The Dawn Treader
Still on the era of Prince Caspian, I personally think this book is the most thrilling and adventurous one, even though the movie was very disappointing for me (but, it’s just my personal taste). This is the story of Prince Caspian, and a couple friend from the ‘real’ world, trying to reach the end of the world (yes, in Narnia, the world is not round, people). The book is exciting, and almost impossible for me to put it down!
- The Silver Chair
Sadly, in this book, quite some time has passed in Narnia. The story includes Eustace and Jill in trying to save the future of The Kingdom of Narnia. Their journey is confusing, and to me, this book is the one that seriously relatable with current condition of faith in our society. So, it really worth to read, and I mean it. Even the quotes that I put here is the one from this book.
- The Last Battle
Everything has come to an end. This is the last story of Narnia, the last crusade, the final struggle. This is a very touching book, teach you about loyalty. Most intensely, God. It explains about faith, atheism, and the life after death in such simple elaboration, concealed behind the story, that kids most certainly get the point. I am in awe of this book, despite differences that it had with my religion’s understanding, it still taught you immensely good moral and religious values. I’ll make sure my kid reads It someday.