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Postby LucyP » 05 Nov 2009, 14:56

I'm reading the Magician's Nephew again. I want to read the whole Narnia series before Dawn Treader pops out. When PC popped out in theaters, I went to see it for my birthday. Coincidentally, it came out 3 days after my birthday!
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Dan65802 » 05 Nov 2009, 15:43

Magician's Nephew is great, but my preference would be to start with the first book in the series.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LucyP » 05 Nov 2009, 15:48

Dan65802 wrote:Magician's Nephew is great, but my preference would be to start with the first book in the series.

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Magician's Nephew IS the first book in the series?
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Dan65802 » 05 Nov 2009, 16:38

Oh Emily, Emily. My heart hurts that you have been misled by the literary revisionists who, with malicious intent, changed the original published order of the Chronicles of Narnia. The purists among us strongly believe in the original published order, not the chronological order of recent publication. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was, is, and ever shalt be the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia.

My prayer is that the order of the films and the reprints of the first editions will restore the order predestined from before the Dawn of Time:
1. Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspian
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4. The Silver Chair
5. The Horse and His Boy
6. The Magician's Nephew
7. The Last Battle

Seriously, I don't think the order of the last six matter as much as having TLWW first.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Robert » 05 Nov 2009, 17:59

I do appreciate how Lewis managed to 'explain' why it was the wardrobe was magical by affiliating it with Narnian wood after the fact. After all, if one didn't know better they would think TMN was first just as the Similarion seems to be first in the tales pertaining to Middle Earth.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Sven » 05 Nov 2009, 20:44

Let's not let this thread wander off into the thickets of Book Order.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby LucyP » 05 Nov 2009, 22:37

Dan65802 wrote:Oh Emily, Emily. My heart hurts that you have been misled by the literary revisionists who, with malicious intent, changed the original published order of the Chronicles of Narnia. The purists among us strongly believe in the original published order, not the chronological order of recent publication. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was, is, and ever shalt be the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia.

My prayer is that the order of the films and the reprints of the first editions will restore the order predestined from before the Dawn of Time:
1. Wardrobe
2. Prince Caspian
3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
4. The Silver Chair
5. The Horse and His Boy
6. The Magician's Nephew
7. The Last Battle

Seriously, I don't think the order of the last six matter as much as having TLWW first.

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In the back of my copy of LWW it says they published the books in the order Lewis wanted them.... Is that true or false?
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Postby Sven » 05 Nov 2009, 22:45

There's already about 10 threads about this in the Narnia forum. Let's leave this thread for discussion of latest book read.
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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Dan65802 » 06 Nov 2009, 13:54

LucyP wrote:In the back of my copy of LWW it says they published the books in the order Lewis wanted them.... Is that true or false?


Sven, perhaps you can send this and Emily's question to a new thread or to an existing thread about the book order.

Lewis did indeed say that the series could be read in Narnian chronological order. To say that that's the order Lewis wanted them is a bit of a stretch. Lewis's son Douglas Gresham also is a proponent of the chronological order. But to be honest, regardless of Lewis's comments about the order in later life or his son's feelings, many learned scholars who've studied Lewis's books and literature in general are proponents of the original published order. (A good book that addresses this subject is A Reader's Guide Through the Wardrobe: Exploring C. S. Lewis Classic Story by Ryken and Mead.)

You'll also find a lot of original published order fans here on the Wardrobe. Having read the series through, it doesn't really matter that much for you. However, when I encourage someone to enter Narnia for the first time, it's always through the Wardrobe in the spare room. I am certainly a proponent of the original order, if for no other reason than Lewis's insistance of the Holy Spirit's role in the creation of the books. I believe he was correct in that conclusion and therefore am a firm believer in the order of original publishing.

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Re: What are you reading?

Postby Larry W. » 07 Nov 2009, 12:27

New editions of the Narnia books have even misled people to believe that the preferred way one should read them is the chronological order. The only fault I found with my hardcover Harper-Collins edition is that the books are numbered in the chronological order, suggesting that no other option should be used. At least the illustrations by Pauline Baynes are complete and otherwise they are of good quality. I wouldn't recommend the little Macmillan paperbacks from the 1970's (even though they numbered in order of publication) because the illustrations are cropped, and the paper the books were printed on was rather cheap. I would suggest reading the Narnia books in correct published order for the best understanding of Lewis, but don't replace your books unless you have the MacMillans and don't want them anymore. The edition I have now I am quite pleased with, though it would have been nice to have color Baynes pictures (but that's very expensive in hardcover).

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Re: Reading order

Postby Dan65802 » 09 Nov 2009, 14:13

BTW, thanks Sven for your help.

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Re: Reading order

Postby Erekose » 20 Nov 2009, 18:30

/me pokes his head in again.. still in "heretic" mode

Although I have postedf this before.. and unfortunately this is a bit rushed.. I think its worthy of being reposted..

The true order.. is the published one

Those who reckon that the chronological order should consider this...

The story of the "Magicians Nephew" is actually told to the Peter, edmund, Lucy, Eustace and Jill by Digory and Polly, at a meeeting in "The Last Battle"...

Sooo... TMN should be read when you reach this point in TLB before continuiong with TLB

Somewhere in the forums should be a couple of "heretical" variations on the reading order.. if one has the nerve to delve into them
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