My Chronicles of Narnia

I’m still trying to catch up with all the e-mails that have piled up over the past week, but I’m saving a little bit of time at night to push through a series of books that I haven’t read since I was a kid. Very few tales captured my attention like the Chronicles of Narnia, although I can’t really recall how I originally discovered them? Could’ve been through a purchase my mom made, or it could have been through my fourth grade teacher who read a few of ’em aloud to the class. Regardless, Narnia is about to step into the spotlight again with the impending theatrical release of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” It’s the first book that most discover in the chronicles, although chronologically speaking, “The Magician’s Nephew” divulges the true beginnings of Narnia (with Digory and Polly). A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to a private party being held by friends and their daughters. They’ve just finished reading the books, and are also looking forward to the motion picture. Aslan would be proud, although I’m certain the kids didn’t pick up on many of the greater philosophical issues which C.S. Lewis presents in the Chronicles. I’m reading them again with new (adult) eyes, and finding the tales of Narnia far easier to digest. My reading skills have vastly improved since I was that age, of course. I think?

This Narnia party is a costume-optional one; I thought I could dress up like Uncle Andrew. When I made this reference, Ponzi wasn’t sure what I was talking about. She’s heard of the Chronicles of Narnia, but she’s never read them. Dude! So, not wanting her to be unprepared for this magical event, I walked into a book store (yes, I actually did) and purchased two compendiums. One for her, and one for me. We could both read the Narnia stories together, separately – I, for the second time, and she for the first. To tell you the truth, it’s been so long, I’m not even sure I read ’em all the first time around. No matter, it’s my hope that Ponzi will be engaged by the movie and dive into the books that inspired it. I was able to do a complete Narnia Chronicle within a day, easily. I’ll do what I can to push through at least half of them before I see this enchanted epic unfold on the big screen in a few weeks. With Harry Potter, I think I’ll be content in just watching the movies – but the Chronicles of Narnia were a small part of my childhood. I hope Disney does it right with this first film; I need another “Lord of the Rings” series to look forward to on an annual basis. “This is going to be fun,” said Chris. I must now go and flip a few more pages…

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