Welcome to my feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Today is the turn of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.
Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago.
This was a book that really set my imagination racing. Rather than detesting wardrobes or cupboards, rather like I imagine Harry Potter would, I spend the duration of my school holidays opening up random doors in the hope of stumbling upon Narnia, unfortunately I had no such luck.
Having reread The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and the rest of the series over and over again, it always feeling like I am catching up with an old friend. Each of the four children are completely relatable. And as C.S. Lewis wrote in his dedication: “But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
“Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it. And don’t talk too much about it even among yourselves. And don’t mention it to anyone else unless you find that they’ve had adventures of the same sort themselves. What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Odd things, they say-even their looks-will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open. Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools.”