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Narnia fans, rejoice! Celebrate the magical Chronicles of Narnia series with this gorgeous boxed set. Featuring the original illustrations by award-winning illustrator Pauline Baynes and glorious cover illustrations, this incredible set is a must-have for anyone who wants to step into the unforgettable world of Narnia time and time again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060244880
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
  • Edition description: 7 Volume (Boxed Set)
  • Sales rank: 82,658
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 6.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Biography

C. S. Lewis was famous both as a fiction writer and as a Christian thinker, and his biographers and critics sometimes divide his personality in two: the storyteller and the moral educator, the "dreamer" and the "mentor." Yet a large part of Lewis's appeal, for both his audiences, lay in his ability to fuse imagination with instruction. "Let the pictures tell you their own moral," he once advised writers of children's stories. "But if they don't show you any moral, don't put one in. ... The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind."

Storytelling came naturally to Lewis, who spent the rainy days of his childhood in Ireland writing about an imaginary world he called Boxen. His first published novel, Out of the Silent Planet, tells the story of a journey to Mars; its hero was loosely modeled on his friend and fellow Cambridge scholar J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis enjoyed some popularity for his Space Trilogy (which continues in Perelandra and That Hideous Strength), but nothing compared to that which greeted his next imaginative journey, to an invented world of fauns, dwarfs, and talking animals -- a world now familiar to millions of readers as Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book of the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia, began as "a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood," according to Lewis. Years after that image first formed in his mind, others bubbled up to join it, producing what Kate Jackson, writing in Salon, called "a fascinating attempt to compress an almost druidic reverence for wild nature, Arthurian romance, Germanic folklore, the courtly poetry of Renaissance England and the fantastic beasts of Greek and Norse mythology into an entirely reimagined version of what's tritely called 'the greatest story ever told.'"

The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. (Narnia even crops up as a motif in Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel The Corrections). Its last volume appeared in 1955; in that same year, Lewis published a personal account of his religious conversion in Surprised by Joy. The autobiography joined his other nonfiction books, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as an exploration of faith, joy and the meaning of human existence.

Lewis's final work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, came out in 1956. Its chilly critical reception and poor early sales disappointed Lewis, but the book's reputation has slowly grown; Lionel Adey called it the "wisest and best" of Lewis's stories for adults. Lewis continued to write about Christianity, as well as literature and literary criticism, for several more years. After his death in 1963, The New Yorker opined, "If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels."

Good To Know

The imposing wardrobe Lewis and his brother played in as children is now in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Wade Center of Wheaton College, which also houses the world's largest collection of Lewis-related documents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The 1994 movie, Shadowlands, based on the play of the same name, cast Anthony Hopkins as Lewis. It tells the story of his friendship with, and then marriage to, an American divorcee named Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), who died of cancer four years after their marriage. Lewis's own book about coping with that loss, A Grief Observed, was initially published under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk.

Several poems, stories, and a novel fragment published after Lewis's death have come under scrutiny as possible forgeries. On one side of the controversy is Walter Hooper, a trustee of Lewis's estate and editor of most of his posthumous works; on the other is Kathryn Lindskoog, a Lewis scholar who began publicizing her suspicions in 1988. Scandal or kooky conspiracy theory? The verdict's still out among readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

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The Magician's Nephew

Chapter One
The Wrong Door

This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chapter One
Lucy Looks Into the Wardrobe

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. They were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office. He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper called Mrs. Macready and three servants. (Their names were Ivy, Margaret and Betty, but they do not come into the story much.) He himself was a very old man with shaggy white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head, and they liked him...

The Horse and His Boy

Chapter One
HowShasta Set Out On His Travels

This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.

In those days, far south in Calormen on a little creek of the sea, there lived a poor fisherman called Arsheesh, and with him there lived a boy who called him Father. The boy's name was Shasta. On most days Arsheesh went out in his boat to fish in the morning, and in the afternoon he harnessed his donkey to a cart and loaded the cart with fish and went a mile or so southward to the village to sell it. If it had sold well he would come home in a moderately...

Prince Caspian

Chapter One
The Island

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. They had opened the door of a magic wardrobe and found themselves in a quite different world from ours, and in that different world they had become Kings and Queens in a country called Narnia. While they were in Narnia they seemed to reign for years and years; but when they came back through the door and found themselves in England again, it all seemed to have taken no time at all. At any rate, no one noticed that they had ever been away, and they never told anyone except one very wise grown-up.

That had all happened a year ago, and now all...

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Chapter One
The Picture in the Bedroom

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother," but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open.

Eustace Clarence liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card. He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

The Silver Chair

Chapter One
Behind The Gym

It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym.

She was crying because they had been bullying her. This is not going to be a school story, so I shall say as little as possible about Jill's school, which is not a pleasant subject. It was "Coeducational," a school for both boys and girls, what used to be called a "mixed" school; some said it was not nearly so mixed as the minds of the people who ran it. These people had the idea that boys and girls should be allowed to do what they liked. And unfortunately what ten or fifteen of the biggest boys and girls liked best was bullying the others. All sorts of things, horrid things, went on which at an ordinary school would have been found out and stopped in half...

The Last Battle

Chapter One
By Caldron Pool

In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape. He was so old that no one could remember when he had first come to live in those parts, and he was the cleverest, ugliest, most wrinkled Ape you can imagine. He had a little house, built of wood and thatched with leaves, up in the fork of a great tree, and his name was Shift. There were very few Talking Beasts or Men or Dwarfs, or people of any sort, in that part of the wood, but Shift had one friend and neighbor who was a donkey called Puzzle. At least they both said they were friends, but from the way things went on you might have thought Puzzle was more like Shift's servant than his friend. He did...

Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set. Copyright © by C. Lewis. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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The Chronicles of Narnia (adult edition)

Chapter One

The Wrong Door

This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

In those days Mr Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer.

She lived in one of a long row of houses which were all joined together. One morning she was out in the back garden when a boy scrambled up from the garden next door and put his face over the wall. Polly was very surprised because up till now there had never been any children in that house, but only Mr Ketterley and Miss Ketterley, a brother and sister, old bachelor and old maid, living together. So she looked up, full of curiosity. The face of the strange boy was very grubby. It could hardly have been grubbier if he had first rubbed his hands in the earth, and then had a good cry, and then dried his face with his hands. As a matter of fact, this was very nearly what he had been doing.

"Hullo," said Polly.

"Hullo," said the boy. "What's your name?""Polly," said Polly. "What's yours?"

"Digory," said the boy.

"I say, what a funny name!" said Polly.

"It isn't half so funny as Polly," said Digory.

"Yes it is," said Polly.

"No, it isn't," said Digory.

"At any rate I do wash my face," said Polly. "Which is what you need to do; especially after --" and then she stopped. She had been going to say "After you've been blubbing," but she thought that wouldn't be polite.

"All right, I have then," said Digory in a much louder voice, like a boy who was so miserable that he didn't care who knew he had been crying. "And so would you," he went on, "if you'd lived all your life in the country and had a pony, and a river at the bottom of the garden, and then been brought to live in a beastly Hole like this."

"London isn't a Hole," said Polly indignantly. But the boy was too wound up to take any notice of her, and he went on --

"And if your father was away in India -- and you had to come and live with an Aunt and an Uncle who's mad (who would like that?) -- and if the reason was that they were looking after your Mother -- and if your Mother as ill and was going to -- going to -- die." Then his face went the wrong sort of shape as it does if you're trying to keep back your tears.

"I didn't know. I'm sorry," said Polly humbly. And then, because she hardly knew what to say, and also to turn Digory's mind to cheerful subjects, she asked:

"Is Mr Ketterley really mad?"

"Well, either he's mad," said Digory, "or there's some other mystery. He has a study on the top floor and Aunt Letty says I must never go up there. ell, that looks fishy to begin with. And then there's another thing. Whenever he tries to say anything to me at meal times -- he never even tries to talk to her -- she always shuts him up. She says, 'Don't worry the boy, Andrew', or, 'I'm sure Digory doesn't want to hear about that', or else, 'Now, Digory, wouldn't you like to go out and play in the garden?'"

"What sort of things does he try to say?"

"I don't know. He never gets far enough. But there's more than that. One night -- it was last night in fact -- as I was going past the foot of the attic stairs on my way to bed (and I don't much care for going past them either) I'm sure I heard a yell."

"Perhaps he keeps a mad wife shut up there."

"Yes, I've thought of that."

"Or perhaps he's a coiner."

"Or he might have been a pirate, like the man at the beginning of Treasure Island, and be always hiding from his old shipmates."

"How exciting!" said Polly, "I never knew your house was so interesting."

"You may think it interesting," said Digory. "But you wouldn't like it if you had to sleep there. How would you like to lie awake listening for Uncle Andrew's step to come creeping along the passage to your room? And he has such awful eyes."

That was how Polly and Digory got to know one another: and as it was just the beginning of the summer holidays and neither of them was going to the sea that year, they met nearly every day.

Their adventures began chiefly because it was one of the wettest and coldest summers there had been for years. That drove them to do indoor things: you might say, indoor exploration. It is wonderful how much exploring you can do with a stump of candle in a big house, or in a row of houses. Polly had discovered long ago that if you opened a certain little door in the box-room attic of her house you would find the cistern and a dark place behind it which you could get into by a little careful climbing...

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    don't buy this edition

    Nothing wrong with the content, it's classic, but the book materials are ultra low end for a hard back: light hardback cover, super-thin paper (basically transparent), spine has no reinforced cloth strip, spine glued with no stitching. Dust cover okay. Don't bother buying the hardback series from this publisher. It costs three times as much as the paperback edition and I can't see it standing up to much more wear, which these books will get no doubt.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2009

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    Superb

    This is actually the first series I had actually read I started the Magicians Nephew and I completely loved it. I kept reading onto The Last Battle, skipping The Silver Chair because it was not up to my expectations. Every single book I read in this series I adored, I actually read the whole thing three times in one year. My favorite was The Horse's Boy. I first read the whole series when I was about 6 in one month, that's how much I liked them. The cover art is different from the one I read, don't like this much. And to you who said that the movie was way more interesting you're WRONG! The characters in the movie looked like the way I imagined them, which was really good. I was a six year old child when I read them which means that the series was absorbing enough to control a six year old's attention span. Well anyways I reccommend these books to anyone who likes good fantasy genre books. :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2009

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    IF YOU DON"T FREAKIN' LOVE NARNIA UR CRAZY

    The Chronicles of Narnia are among the best books I have ever read and I have read hundreds of books. They are well-written, engaging, entertaining, and they have good morals. I even committed my life to God because of The Last Battle. Any book that can do that has to be crazy indpriring. They are perfect for people of any age, even if you are not a Christian. Reading them to your own kids or a class is a very good use for them. The movies are great too. YOur life is not complete if you have not read these books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    FANTASTIC

    I am 60 years old and reading this collection for the first time. 'I have not seen the films.' It is brilliantly written, edifying, engaging, compelling. A wonderful experience. I hate when each story ends! I am only sorry that this is the first time I'm reading it and not the 21st! I love it so much I am buying it for my 7 year old great nephew. Read and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008

    One of the best series on earth.

    It's a completely outstanding series starring Aslan, (2nd and up I think)Peter, Edward, Susan, an (I forgot her name). People say that if you like this, you would like harry potter, but that's untrue. Aslan depicts God, Creator of the planets (like Narnia) and the villains in the book are like Satan. harry potter is a wizard, and God hates magic and wizards and witches. So harry potter and Narnia are absolutely unlike each other.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    An excellent series for everyone

    I had these books as a boy and loved them. I read through them half a dozen times in my youth. I had always thought of them as books only for children, but I started the series again a short time ago. It is an incredible story for anyone. There are strong Christian undertones all throughout the series, though it is not strictly a Christian story and will not offend anyone. There is a great message of kindness, plus it is simply a very entertaining story for all ages. I highly recommend this series for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Why Did They Mess with the Order?

    This is truly a great series but for some reason the most recent publications have changed the order of the volumes. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was published first, and in previous editions always came first. But now, because the events of The Magician's Nephew occur chronologically before the others, the publishers think it should be moved to the beginning. That's really a little insulting to our intelligence, isn't it? And to the intelligence of our children? I strongly recommend reading this series--in the original order. And please don't miss the overarching point that Aslan is Jesus Christ. Miss that, or let your kids miss it, and you'll be missing the whole thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

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    this book series is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book series is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    Just incredible

    I started reading these books when I was in 3rd grade, and at least once a year find myself drawn back to them to continually re-read them. Every book was phenomenal, however I feel that The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Voyage, and The Last Battle were the best.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    For Kids and Adults

    I highly recommend this wonderful set of adventure stories by C.S. Lewis.
    These hardcover books are a great addition to any library. They are great stories for children to read, parents to read to their kids, and for adults to re-read and remember adventures from years-gone-by.
    Now that the stories are being released as major-motion pictures, this
    boxed-set is a great purchase.
    A beautiful set with lovely illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

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    A classic series for your collection

    We purchased this set of books for a woman who was graduating with a PHD.
    She happened to mention that she had always wanted this set of books for her collection. The hardbound edition will last many years, through children and grandchildren. The stories are full of good and moral lessons. They appeal to young and old alike. I read through my paperback set every few years! C. S. Lewis does a great job of bringing Narnia to life for the reader and the characters will become part of your mind and heart for a lifetime. The books are a nice blend of adventure with just the right amount of humor. A fabulous read aloud set for bedtime reading or classroom reading.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    A Story Of Magic And Adventure

    The Magician's Nephew is the first book in a series of seven fantasy short stories written by C.S. Lewis. The main character, Digory, is an honest boy who resists temptation and tries to do the right thing. I don't think I could have resisted the opportunity to save my mother from dying regardless of the consequence. Any teenager can relate to this book because it is hard to stay out of trouble. Digory learned that if you do the right thing, you'll feel so much better knowing that you were honest. You might even get what you want in the end. The ending foreshadows the magic and adventure that will be found in future books. I would recommend this book for kids between 10 and 13 because it is about the age of the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2009

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    Boring

    I'm sorry, but I found this series quite boring. After seeing the movie, which I really enjoyed, I decided to read the books. I bought the whole series and after reading the first chapter of "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" I put them all in the goodwill box. Some people enjoy these books, but to me they are old and didn't seem to grasp my attention or interest. These are good books for some but for younger kids that want something fresh, pick up Harry Potter, Hugo Cabret, or any of the Twilight series for the same kind of indepth story, but one that will keep your attention longer than the first 10 pages. If you're stuck on Narnia, I usually wouldn't say this, but Watch The Movie. Kids will find the movie much more interesting!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    ThE bEsT EveR!

    These books are so good! I started reading them when i was 9, and since then i have read them so many times that i lost track.Get the movie too, it's very well made and fun to watch. have fun reading!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2005

    Don't pass up these books!

    My father read 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' to me when I was 4 years old. I was captivated then, and 24 years later I still am! Every few years I pull the set out and re-read them all. I always pick up on some little detail that I didn't catch before. This series is absolutely wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    These Are like the awesomest Books ever

    These books were awesome Though some of them went on and on and were boring it was an amazing plot line and an amazing series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    I LOVED THIS BOOK

    i love this seris .it keeped me reading all the time . c.s lewis`s seris is awsome . i am only on the 3rd book and i am loving it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2005

    a wonderful fantasy classic

    This book is a must read, though its listed as a childrens book it is a great read for all ages. the world of narnia is a magical and powerful place. c.s. lewis created a classic that will endure for ever.( Read these before the december movie)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    THE BEST SERIES IN YEARS

    these books are great for the ages 7 and up they took a while to read but they are great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    Awesome Series of Books!

    The Chronicals of Narnia was a fantastic book set. I myself am 13 and enjoyed it very much. Even though it maybe more considered as a younger childrens book series my mother and grandmother enjoyed reading it also. I would mainly recommend it to people who like fantasy stories especially those who may have enjoyed 'Harry Potter' or 'The Lord of the Rings'. I have read and enjoyed those books also.

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