#TBT: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

fce5e63430Book: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe // C.S. Lewis, published 1950

Memories: My clearest memory of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is listening to it on audiobook over and over again. It was such an exciting story and I always forgot about the beavers…until they showed up! And I always forgot about the fight with the wolves…until they were there! Each time I listened to it it was like I was hearing it for the first time and I loved it.

Thoughts as an adult: The greatest part about reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe as an adult is that I could hear the audiobook in my head while I was reading. Other than that, I still really enjoy this book. It’s shorter than I remember but just as exciting, and I still forgot about scenes like the wolf fight and Aslan breathing all the stone creatures back to life. The Christian overtones were much more obvious than they ever were before, though that is probably because I was A) a child then and totally didn’t pick up on that, and B) not only an adult now but also studying religion, which makes me even more attuned to all that jazz. Other thoughts include the fact that Edmund is such a terrible person, Mr. Beaver is still one of the best characters, and I didn’t particularly connect with either Lucy or Susan, which I kind of thought I would.

Does it hold up? Most definitely. It’s C.S. Lewis, who is just a wonderful author and breaks the fourth wall (page?) in a lovely way. It’s definitely laced with Christianity, which I think sticks out more the older you are, but there’s a reason it continues to be part of a beloved series.

Next week’s pick is My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

As always, let me know what you think of this week’s #TBT in the comments or on Twitter @EMurch. Until next time, happy reading!

–Erin

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