The other day, my husband and I were doing some shopping in town. We passed by my favorite bookstore and noticed they were hiring. My favorite bookstore is hiring! We went inside and I picked up an application. Part of the application is to write “two book reviews of the most recent fiction and non-fiction books read.” I ended up having to buy a non-fiction book because I haven’t read one recently. So for my non-fiction, I did Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession by Anne Rice. For my fiction, I did The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis. After I read Rice’s book, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. However, I was having a bit of difficulty writing a review for Narnia. For some reason, I could not figure out what exactly I wanted to say. I did finish both of my reviews, and below is what I wrote. Enjoy!
Written by Anne Rice
Anne Rice writes about her journey with God. She starts out with a slow, yet vibrant account of her childhood and how religion affected her. In the first half of the book, Rice describes her love for God, her love for the Saints, as well as her desire to become part of the church when she grows up. As she gets older, into her teen years, she writes about how confused she has become with the church. She mentions that she no longer talks to God like she used to. It isn’t until she is in college that she declares herself an atheist. A couple of decades later, she comes to the realization that her love for God never faded. Her passion for Him was always inside of her, she was just to stubborn to admit it. She is determined to never leave God, to never leave her church.
Even though the first half of the book is slow, Anne Rice is a painter with words. Her writing is colorful and hypnotizing. The way she recalls her childhood neighborhood makes the reader feel like they can see “the green strips of grass that bordered every sidewalk.” If she had written one word differently, the flow of the story would not have been as colorful and effective.
Written by C. S. Lewis
The Magician’s Nephew is a beautifully written children’s book about Digory and Polly’s magical adventures. The two children are transported to another world through contact of yellow rings given to them by Digory’s Uncle Andrew. They end up meeting a Queen who turns out to be a Witch and ends up causing them problems. The Witch follows the children back to their world and reeks havoc on their town. One thing leads to another, and the children, the Witch, and a few townsfolk were transported to Narnia, a world that was still in the making. The Witch tried to take over this world, but was stopped by the children, Aslan, and a few talking animals.
Lewis does an amazing job creating these worlds and characters. He sparks the imagination with his words. The Magician’s Nephew is a wonderful story that was written as a prequel to the Narnia books. Lewis created a child’s book with elements of good and evil, beauty and darkness. The children were not afraid of Aslan because they still had an open mind and wild imagination, whereas Uncle Andrew was afraid because he was used to facts, and facts were telling him that he was looking at a lion instead of a creator of worlds.