“ Lucy discovered the magical and enchanted wardrobe and entered into a world different then others. It is called Narnia. This world holds mystical creatures like Asland, the King Lion of Narnia, and dwarfs. Lucy's brothers' and sister, Peter, Edmund, and Susan don't believe her until they become part of Narnia's Royalty.
This is a story of the Pevensie brothers and sisters journey in the world inside a world. I would recommend this book to ages 8 and up.
Interview with the author of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S Lewis
Q: When and where you were born?
A: I was born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland, which is today’s Northern Ireland. What you may also want to know is my dad is Albert Lewis, who is a successful lawyer. My Mom is named Flora Hamilton Lewis. Also I have a brother named Warnie who was born three years before me in 1895.
Q: Since you are an author, when did you start getting interested in books?
A: Well, when I was young I had a whole library. There were books left and right. I loved reading. Two of my absolute favorite books were Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Q: Do you and your brother have a great connection with each other?
A: My brother is like my best friend. We used to explore in our house together and have fun times together. I always think back on the great times and the sad times with him. No matter what, we were always there for each other.
Q: Are there sad times you have had in your life and have they impacted you?
A: In 1908, I was just a boy; my Mother became very ill and died of cancer. She was a great parent. This left a great impact on my life and I will never forget her.
Q: I also know, you love poetry; when did you get interested?
A: After my Mom died, my brother and I were sent to a boarding school in England. I hated the school so much. The teachers were strict and the rules were also hard. That is when I started missing Belfast a lot. Fortunately, for me, the school closed so I could return home to Ireland in 1910. That is when I got interested in poetry. I loved the great Greek poet, Homer and another great poet, Virgil.
Q: How did going to The University of Oxford motivate you to start writing your own books?
A: When I got accepted to The University of Oxford I studied Greek and Latin literature, philosophy, ancient history, and English literature. I was very interested in Christianity, also. After I graduated, I became a professor of medieval and renaissance literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1955. Since I learned a lot about literature, I began to publish books.
Q: What were some of your early-published books and what were they about?
A: My first major book, written in 1933, was called The Pilgrim’s Regress, which is about my journey to the Christian faith. I also wrote a book in 1936 called The Allegory of Love; it was about the history of love literature from Shakespeare’s time.
Q: Why is your famous series, The Chronicles of Narnia, so popular?
A: Well, it is so popular because the book has captured the imaginations of young readers. The book has ideas of Greek and Roman mythology, mystical creatures that talk, and epic battles.
Q: Is there anything you would like to tell people?
A: Yes, “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”
Thank you so much, and it was a pleasure spending time with you.
Joey P wrote this review Thursday, May 17, 2012.