I think for the first read they should be read as published, after that, chronologically. It helps me keep events straight in my head
I think that’s a good idea, because I’ve noticed that a lot of times I can miss things in books. I’ll have read it, but I don’t always remember it.
I like to read books a few times. You always pick up a detail you read a previous time but clicks differently
That’s true! And being the voracious reader I am, I sometimes read multiple books at the same time (like, I’ll be at a library and have multiple books open, wouldn’t recommend it). But, in a series like The Chronicles of Narnia, that might be difficult if you’re not already familiar with the stories, I’d imagine.
Thinking about it, each story does more or less stand on it’s own pretty well. It’s not like Harry Potter where reading them out of order would be thoroughly confusing. So it probably is possible to read them in any order.
Logically, it might make sense to read The Magician’s Nephew first. That said, I’d still start with the LWW…it’ll pull you into that world best. My favorite book is The Last Battle. Enjoy the books! Come further up, come further in!
BTW, if there’s any homeschooling parents here…there’s a great unit study on the Chronicles of Narnia called “Further up and Further In” by Diane Pendergraft. My kids loved it. Hope it’s still available as my homeschooling days are far behind me.
I actually think I have “The Magician’s Nephew” (I got a couple of Lewis books for free, somehow). I need to find it. (I don’t like ebooks and the like). It’s not a big deal, as I don’t pay a lot for books.
As someone who read them as an adult in chronological order, I too would recommend publication order.
Caveat: I haven’t actually finished. 5 of 7 done, so for chronological order, that means I still have The Silver Chair and The Last Battle to go.
Here was my problem with doing the late-written Magician’s Nephew first: it diminished some of the magic for LWW that others certainly got by reading it first.
Because Magician’s Nephew was written near the end, the White Witch is a fully fleshed out character, which you’d expect. I got used to her there and then when I got to LWW, she felt like a total caricature with little depth in comparison. I’m sure nobody reading LWW first feels that way.
I’m glad you shared that; so I am probably going to read them in publication order first, then chronological.
This article will help.
On the bright side, you’d probably shut it off after half an hour, and save yourself the time of watching the rest . . .
For Narnia, chronological order just doesn’t make sense. The Magician’s nephew requires the rest to be coherent.
DO NOT READ THEM IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER. Publishing order is much, much, better.
I don’t know why you would want to read them in chronological order - or alphabetical order for that matter - but at the same time I don’t think it would be the end of world. I guess I’m neutral on this matter.
That’s fine; but a lot of people aren’t. And I like the diversity of opinions on this very topic.
Well, kind of.
After you made your pause I went to see some of you videos and really liked them. You put a lot of work into your reflections, and I appreciate the results. I also like your posture because I think it’s balanced. If we’d ever met in person the conversation would probably be endless.
Thank you. Eventually, I’ll do some on the topic we’re discussing here. May take a while.
Some inspiration and a place to visit the next time you are travelling to Italy.
I gotta get there sometime. I remember seeing that! (Not in person, on EWTN)