FREE PDF ☆ BOOK The Magician’s Nephew

BOOK The Magician’s Nephew

FREE PDF ☆ BOOK The Magician’s Nephew ¿ The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fascinating adventureNARNIAwhere the woods are thick and cold where Talking Beasts are called to lifea new world where the adventure beginsDigory and Polly meet and become friends one cold wet summer in London Their lives burst into adventure wheGician sends them hurtling tosomewhere else They find their way to Narnia newborn from the Lion's song and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis before they finally return hom Oh gosh how many years must it be since I last read this book 30 ? or who knows but I zipped through it like we were the closest of friends who met every day A true joy to read that is how writing should be Probably one of the lesser known Narnia books but the start of the series none the less and our first introduction to Aslan and a delight to read 5 stars all the way I had no intention of starting this series this year or even anytime soon but I saw the boxed set on the shelf and thought why not What a great decision that was If you’ve never read a Narnia book you have to try it if you have read them never forget them and re read as soon as you can you will not regret it

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

The secret passage to the house next door leads to a fascinating adventureNARNIAwhere the woods are thick and cold where Talking Beasts are called to lifea new world where 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

MOBI Æ The Magician’s Nephew ✓ C.S. Lewis

The Magician’s NephewThe adventure beginsDigory and Polly meet and become friends one cold wet summer in London Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew who thinks he is a ma My autistic spectrum son Jonathan is fascinated by the White Witch in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe He wants to know what her motivation is Why is she always so angry? he asks Why does she hate Aslan? Who is she like? These are good uestions I have suggested that he should read The Magician's Nephew but Jonathan only reads the books he wants to read and ignores recommendations A pity I would like to discuss it with himThe White Witch is the best character in the series and it is indeed difficult to think of anyone who strongly resembles her She is a little like Auntie Medusa in The Rescuers another of Jonathan's favorite films and she's also a little like the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid Madame Mim in The Sword in the Stone and of course the Wicked Witch of the West But there are some important differences The other witches are ugly and it's plausible to believe that they are motivated by envy of the heroines' effortless youth and beauty This is perhaps most evident with Auntie Medusa; I love the scene where she's removing her false eyelashes and Penny involuntarily recoils in horror The White Witch however is genuinely beautiful not just using magic to cast an illusion of beauty as Madame Mim and the Sea Witch do on occasion She doesn't order Maugrim to kill Susan and Lucy because they're better looking It is rather a political decision she is concerned that they will take her throne Nothing personal just businessIn general it seems to me the White Witch is motivated entirely by love of power and she hates Aslan because he is stronger than she is She is in fact a rather good children's book adaptation of Milton's Satan But why did CS Lewis decide to make her a woman? I'd love to know the background to that artistic decision