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Chronicles of Narnia, The (Seven Volume Set, slipcased)

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Narnia reflects Lewis' most deeply held beliefs in matters of faith and hope, good and evil, the truly miraculous and the miraculously true.

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Experience all of The Chronicles of Narnia in full color in this seven-book paperback box set. Readers of all ages—whether they are experiencing Narnia for the first time or returning once again to the magical world—will love seeing the creatures and landscapes of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series in gorgeous color.

The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers for over sixty years, for here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants, and Fauns.

This box set includes all seven titles in The Chronicles of Narnia—with full-color illustrations by Pauline Baynes, the original artist.

  • The Magician's Nephew
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
  • The Horse and His Boy
  • Prince Caspian
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
  • The Silver Chair
  • The Last Battle        

Reviews
"The magic of C. S. Lewis’s parallel universe never fades."      ~The Times

“Like the Rings cycle… the seven Narnia books have a long and loyal following.”     ~The Herald (U.K.)

One of Lewis's friends, fellow-author, Tolkien, while sympathetic with his views and aims, expressed his dislike for "Lewis's bully pulpit". But Lewis said he hoped the book would "make it easier for children to accept Christianity when they met it later in life".

"These books of course were written with children in mind, even though Lewis had none of his own. (Isn't it strange how some of our most popular children's writers, such as Margaret Wise Brown and Dr. Seuss, were childless?) And they may be best experienced as children, though their aims are as mature as anything found in literature.

That's because the fundamental purpose of the Narnia stories is to convey the reality of Christian truth — a project that became Lewis's lifework following his conversion in 1931, after his friends Hugo Dyson and J. R. R. Tolkien convinced him of it during a nighttime walk. Lewis spent the next 15 years or so giving the lectures and writing the books that would make him the 20th century's most famous Christian apologist (Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, etc.). Then, in 1949, he began writing the Narnia stories in earnest, adding to his reputation.

One of the reasons they succeed as children's literature is because they are rollicking good stories full of talking animals, dastardly villains, and climactic sword fights. They can be enjoyed as if they were nothing deeper than dashed-off fairy tales. But there's actually much more than rousing adventure going on in Narnia. If war is the continuation of politics by other means, then Narnia is the continuation of Sunday school by different devices. The first book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, presents the story of the crucifixion and the resurrection. Another one, The Magician's Nephew, recounts the creation and the fall. The last in the series, The Last Battle, describes the end of the world."       ~John J. Miller, National Review

Excerpt
"Some people seem to think that I began by asking myself how I could say something about Christianity to children; then fixed on the fairy tale as an instrument, then collected information about child psychology and decided what age group I'd write for; then drew up a list of basic Christian truths and hammered out 'allegories' to embody them. This is all pure moonshine. I couldn't write in that way. It all began with images; a faun carrying an umbrella, a queen on a sledge, a magnificent lion. At first there wasn't anything Christian about them; that element pushed itself in of its own accord."

Author Lewis, Clive Staples
Illustrator Baynes, Pauline
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 7-Volume Boxed Set
Publisher HarperCollins 1994
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