The first time I read this book was in middle school and I loved it as much then as I do now. The world is different than any other I had ever heard of before and it was the best. I related so much to Lucy and her optimistic outlook on life. Only seeing the good in people (or talking animals).
As a child, I wanted to jump into this book and experience this new world. What child wouldn’t want to find a new world at the back of a closet during a game of hide and seek? As an adult, it brought back that nostalgia of imagination and wonder. Sometimes I was shocked how brave Lucy was talking to strange creatures and not running away.
Not only was Lewis great at creating a unique universe his characters are very dynamic. All the sisters and brothers are so different from each other. Even each creature is so fleshed out that you feel like you have met that type of person in your everyday life. And to top it off and intriguing plot.
One thing I was surprised about as a child was that my mother told me this story was a Christian allegory where Aslan was like God. I didn’t see the connection when I was younger. Although, the fight against good and evil is certainly there. And honestly, I might have missed it as an adult as well if it wasn’t pointed out. Both times I was so immersed into the story it really felt like a different world with a different set of rules and where religion was kind of far off and not as important as the task at hand.
The best part of this book is that my daughter also loves it! Something we can talk about and discuss. Now I just need to get her to read the next one!