The Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Paperback

The Chronicles of Narnia: 7 Books in 1 Paperback

Paperback(All 7 books, unabridged, in 1 volume)

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Overview

Don’t miss one of America’s top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Experience all seven tales of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, in one impressive paperback volume!

Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years.

This edition presents the seven books—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; and The Last Battle—unabridged and arranged in C. S. Lewis's preferred order. Each chapter is graced with an illustration by the original artist, Pauline Baynes. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780066238500
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/02/2001
Series: Chronicles of Narnia Series
Edition description: All 7 books, unabridged, in 1 volume
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 18,940
Product dimensions: 8.92(w) x 6.08(h) x 1.95(d)
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.



Pauline Baynes has produced hundreds of wonderful illustrations for the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia. In 1968 she was awarded the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England

Education:

Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

Read an Excerpt

The Magician's Nephew

Chapter One
The Wrong Door

This is a story about something that happened long ago when your grandfather was a child. It is a very important story because it shows how all the comings and goings between our own world and the land of Narnia first began.

In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Chapter One
Lucy Looks Into the Wardrobe

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. This story is about something that happened to them when they were sent away from London during the war because of the air-raids. They were sent to the house of an old Professor who lived in the heart of the country, ten miles from the nearest railway station and two miles from the nearest post office. He had no wife and he lived in a very large house with a housekeeper called Mrs. Macready and three servants. (Their names were Ivy, Margaret and Betty, but they do not come into the story much.) He himself was a very old man with shaggy white hair which grew over most of his face as well as on his head, and they liked him...

The Horse and His Boy

Chapter One
HowShasta Set Out On His Travels

This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.

In those days, far south in Calormen on a little creek of the sea, there lived a poor fisherman called Arsheesh, and with him there lived a boy who called him Father. The boy's name was Shasta. On most days Arsheesh went out in his boat to fish in the morning, and in the afternoon he harnessed his donkey to a cart and loaded the cart with fish and went a mile or so southward to the village to sell it. If it had sold well he would come home in a moderately...

Prince Caspian

Chapter One
The Island

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. They had opened the door of a magic wardrobe and found themselves in a quite different world from ours, and in that different world they had become Kings and Queens in a country called Narnia. While they were in Narnia they seemed to reign for years and years; but when they came back through the door and found themselves in England again, it all seemed to have taken no time at all. At any rate, no one noticed that they had ever been away, and they never told anyone except one very wise grown-up.

That had all happened a year ago, and now all...

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

Chapter One
The Picture in the Bedroom

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can't tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother," but Harold and Alberta. They were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open.

Eustace Clarence liked animals, especially beetles, if they were dead and pinned on a card. He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

The Silver Chair

Chapter One
Behind The Gym

It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym.

She was crying because they had been bullying her. This is not going to be a school story, so I shall say as little as possible about Jill's school, which is not a pleasant subject. It was "Coeducational," a school for both boys and girls, what used to be called a "mixed" school; some said it was not nearly so mixed as the minds of the people who ran it. These people had the idea that boys and girls should be allowed to do what they liked. And unfortunately what ten or fifteen of the biggest boys and girls liked best was bullying the others. All sorts of things, horrid things, went on which at an ordinary school would have been found out and stopped in half...

The Last Battle

Chapter One
By Caldron Pool

In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape. He was so old that no one could remember when he had first come to live in those parts, and he was the cleverest, ugliest, most wrinkled Ape you can imagine. He had a little house, built of wood and thatched with leaves, up in the fork of a great tree, and his name was Shift. There were very few Talking Beasts or Men or Dwarfs, or people of any sort, in that part of the wood, but Shift had one friend and neighbor who was a donkey called Puzzle. At least they both said they were friends, but from the way things went on you might have thought Puzzle was more like Shift's servant than his friend. He did...

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Guest More than 1 year ago
These books will shake your world and move you to the core of your being. Lewis' interpretation of heaven in 'The Last Battle' is truly inspired... you can feel God talking to you through Lewis. I'm not trying to turn anyone off by sounding like a religious nut, but these books have profoundly influenced my faith and given me hope and courage (of which I need all that I can get as a 19-year- old living in Southern California). If you aren't looking for a spiritual message (which I wasn't when I started reading them), these books are still full of action, adventure, and Lewis' great sense of humor. Recommended for all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia does always get the attention it deserves, yet these loveable stories have been a source of delight for millions. Whenever my students are looking for something to read (and they're interested in Harry Potter), I suggest they take a look at The Chronicles of Narnia. My all time favorite in the series is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Another new series that I've just discovered (and had the privilege of pre-reading) are Robert Stanek's Keeper Martin's Tales (The Kingdoms & The Elves Of The Reaches Book I, The Kingdoms & The Elves Of The Reaches Book II) and Ruin Mist Tales (The Elf Queen & The King Book I, The Elf Queen & The King Book II). I compare these books favorably to Narnia in every way! Keep reading, keeping learning, keep growing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
C.S. Lewis is an amazing person. It takes a great mind to be able to creat books like these. They are wonderful, and get hooked easily. You can also learn a thing or two from these, and I love them. I read them over and ever, because they never get old. I LOVE THESE BOOKS.
SimoneA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Chronicles of Narnia is a nice series of books, which is great for children and entertaining for adults. However, one thing that bothers me personally is the religious references. In most of the parts these are relatively subtle and don't mind them so much. But the last part, The Last Battle, was too much for me. So this serves a reminder for myself and others who don't like too much religion in their books to skip this last part. Then, the Chronicles of Narnia is a good adventure story, with some moral lessons.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent series - a great listen. I don't know why it took me so long before I decided to tackle these books, but I'm glad I did.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I only recently read the Narnia novels as an adult, so I can't speak to how I might have experienced it as a child. I thought the first book I read, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe too blatant in its Christian Allegory and would have stopped there if a couple of friends hadn't urged me to read on--I'm glad I did.The Christian Allegory is present in each novel--as is Aslan the Lion, a Christ-figure who is the only constant in all seven books. After The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe though, those Christian aspects didn't bother me--even became part the journey I enjoyed--even though I'm not a Christian--am in fact an atheist. I couldn't help contrast this series in my mind to Pullman's His Dark Materials which I'd read before trying Narnia. It became more and more obvious as I went through the Narnia books that Pullman's series was written very much as the "anti-Narnia." One would think Pullman's atheist polemic would be more to my liking. Yet, despite that I have my problems with Narnia, I think I prefer it to His Dark Materials. Pullman is Lewis' match in imagination and thought-provoking ideas--and there's much about His Dark Materials I find amazing. I also find it at times angry and bitter in its attacks on religion and even more heavy handed than Lewis in making its points. I prefer Lewis' tone frankly. At times preachy, yes, but there's a gentle whimsy and above all humor that Pullman lacks.Narnia is filled with imagery, imagination, symbolism but above all ideas conveyed through the events of the story. I find that rare in adult literature let alone childrens' literature. I couldn't help but admire how Lewis uses the intricacies of a spell in The Silver Chair to convey the ideas in Plato's of Allegory of the Cave or the echoes of Dante in The Last Battle. There's so much that's rich and wondrous here.Nor is Pullman the only fantasy author where I can see Lewis' influence. Even though I'm a lover of the fantasy genre, somehow I managed to never read Narnia before. Once I did, it was evident Lewis' Narnia is every bit as influential as Tolkien's Middle Earth. The Horse and His Boy with its talking horses of made me think of Lackey's companions in her Valdemar books. The warrior mice of Prince Caspian made me think of Jacques' Redwall. The messenger owls, giants, feasts and the evils of the color green connected to snakes in The Silver Chair reminded me of Rowling's Harry Potter series. The shape of Narnia in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was reminiscent of Pratchett's Discworld. There doesn't seem a corner of fantasy that doesn't seem encompassed by the borders of Narnia and that makes it a must-read for fantasy fans and anyone who wants to be culturally literate.There were aspects that did frustrate and annoy me at times. I don't agree with those Lewis critics who accuse Narnia of racism and sexism--I think it's more the opposite when you look at the Chronicles as a whole. The accusations of racism come from Lewis' depiction of Narnia's adversary, the southern land of Calormen, a land out of the Arabian Nights. I admit some descriptions of them made me wince and gave me pause--but it's also true there are positive characters among the Calormenes such as Emeth and Avaris--the heroine of The Horse and His Boy who marries the Narnian Cor and has a child with him. And sexism? Well, these books were written in the fifties--there are instances of what a friend of mine calls "gender fail." (Particularly evident to me in The Silver Chair). However, I found striking in Narnia--in contrast to much more recent testosterone laden fantasy--its gender balance among the characters and how the girls are every bit as brave, smart and important to the story as the boys. You couldn't say the same of Tolkien for instance. I did hate the ending of the series in The Last Battle. Without getting into spoilers, the ending does giv
Kivrin22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Narnia series is overall great, although some books are much better than the others. My favorites are The Horse & His Boy, Prince Caspian, and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Lindsey_M on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this magical land for children to escape to! I loved the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! I remember seeing the play when I was young and I thought it would be a good read.
Rozax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My only serious critique is that he does not at all understand women.
niyer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is a bit dragging in the beginning but it gets more exciting as it goes on.
glynish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of great magical stories that will keep children and adult's interest. I like the fact that all seven Chronicles of Narnia stories are in one book and they are printed in reading order. The stories being printed in reading order helps the story of Narnia flow. Readers can see how everything came to exist. Some of the words in the story are challenging but not to the point were it will discourage a older elementary or middle school reader. These are great read aloud stories where everyone can take a turning read if they choose to. The topic and situations covered in the stories are excellent for discussion.
Aerliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A must for every child. Surely everyone knows about Narnia. No? Get out from under that rock and read about Aslan, the children he entrusts his world to and the adventures they have in that fantasy realm full of talking animals and mythical beasts.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The entire series is wonderful. In fact I find it hard to imagine one book without the others. I especially like the ones which delve into the history of the worlds and movement between them.
FlorenceArt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Aside from the author trying to shove his moral end religious religious views up my nose, which really annoys me, the stories are enjoyable. Characters are likeable but lack depth in my opinion. A bit childish and dated. I was disappointed.
rincewind1986 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didnt read these when i was a child and felt that somehow i ought to at one point, eventually i borrowed them from a friend and sat down to see what all the fuss was about. The lion the witch and the wrdrobe was good, i enjoyed the magicians nephew and the rest i found quite dull. I know understand why most people speak of the lion the witch and the wardrobe and dont really mention the other 6. If this were a review of the lion the witch and the wardrobe the rating would be higher, but as i enjoyed one maybe two of seven books, i rate the chronicles as 2 and a half stars.
mandolin82 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If I had to choose these may be my all time favorite books.
HobbitGirl09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A beautiful, epic fantasy series that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Each book chronicles a new adventure, all of which are enjoyable in different ways. These were some of the first books I read, and they remain some of my favorites. A must-read for fantasy fans!
bridgetmarkwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love this series and have read it several times. Lent it to a friend and never got it back... so looking for another set. This series is an incredible example of layered lit. At the first layer, these are children's books and have been much loved by children for several generations now. As one goes deeper down the layers, one finds rich allegory. Parrelling bible stories and biblical ideas, there is a point to every book. Lewis was an expert and lover of Norse mythology as well as an athiest turned Christian appoligetics writer. Both of these are at work in the timeless classics, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Nichi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Narnia is a complex topic for me. The 7 books are very different and while I enjoyed some of them immensely, others fell flat (the one with the monkey villain? please....).I decided to ignore the christian themes as best as I could, because I don't want to be preached to when I read and for me that worked out ok. There are some amazing stories hidden in here and at times, I could understand why this is a classic. Two examples of this are the world of the white witch, ancient and dead/dying, brought down by sheer force, the other example is Narnia's version of the world's creation by its god Arslan. It's beautifully told and the mental pictures it evokes are worth reading those books.
MissWoodhouse1816 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Perhaps seven of the best written children's novels, the Chronicles of Narnia provide an entrancing peek into a world where Lions are good, evil is clearly defined, mythical creatures talk with mortals, and right always triumphs over wrong.
annmarie13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great world by C.S. Lewis. I am glad that after all these years I finally read all the stories. The last story really ties everything up. I loved all the hidden religious means. This is just not a book I could read over and over.
stipe168 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
extended fairy tales, beautifully crafted, moralist adventure stories. read it for the christian parables, or read it for the sword weilding, high seas adventures.
Sonkissed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These books impacted me as a kid, and as a young teenager, then again when I was older.C.S. Lewis is the father of Christian allegory, and Christian fantasy in general. His allegories seem obvious, but more come to light as you read it over and over again and really think about it.
ct.bergeron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world's earliest glimpse into the magical land of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Pauline Baynes, the first illustrator of C.S. Lewis's enchanting creatures and remarkable landscapes, has hand painted her original black-and-white pictures for a beautiful new full-color collection of all seven volumes in the Chronicles of Narnia series. In keeping with the otherworldly, earthy nature of the stories, Baynes's colors are muted yet rich, tending toward warm greens and golds, printed on lovely smooth, high-quality paper. This stunning gift box is truly a gem, containing, in addition to the best-loved classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Magician's Nephew, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, and The Last Battle. Each title also features Baynes's original cover art from the 1950s. Whether entering Narnia for the first time (lucky you!) or the hundredth, visitors to the land beyond the Wardrobe will gasp in delight to see the fauns, lions, unicorns, and children of Narnia bloom with new life and delicate color.
Black821Library on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
don't just see the movie, read the books. Lewis has wonderful images and should be shared with your children.