I started The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis a few days ago in my attempt to read books that I should have read by now. Before starting the series, I asked my Twitter followers which order I should read the books in, an important question given the debate over reading order. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of chronological order, which might have something to do with the current publisher arranging the books in chronological order (including in my own set). After reading the section of the Wikipedia article on the debate, I knew that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe had to be read first, and so I went with that.
I’m glad I did. This book served as a great introduction to Narnia, with the four kids going through the wardrobe to discover the land where it was always winter but never Christmas, first Lucy, then Edmund, then Lucy and Edmund with Peter and Susan. The story reads like someone is telling a fairy tale, and because of this I felt like I was sitting next to the person telling the story. The story was straightforward and self-contained with a single plotline, and it was a great example of simple storytelling. I did find myself wondering what sorts of adventures the kids would have in Narnia for the other six books, most of which are as short as this one was. I may finish the entire series and condense the reviews into one post unless something strikes me in one of the books as worth a review in its own right.
Tomorrow I start finding out about the kids’ other adventures in Narnia.