C.S. Lewis and 'The Magician's Nephew'


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Feb 29, 2024
Further to the many posts about CS Lewis, an author that I greatly admire, I have to say that I could never get into the sci-fi trilogy that was given to me as a present.
I am a lifelong fan of the 'Chronicles of Narnia,' but I was intrigued by the similarity of 'The Wood Between the Worlds.' in 'The Magician's Nephew,' and 'Grand Central Station' in Carl Sagan's 'Contact'.
Not a unique concept of course. Somewhat similar ideas occur in 'The Well World,' series by JL Chalker and 'The Hyperion Cantos,' by D. Simmons, but the 'Wood Between the Worlds.' to me, has a dreamy sort of Garden of Eden feel about it that seems more akin to a mental or even spiritual state that gives access to other worlds. I wonder if this was intentional on the part of Lewis, perhaps as a contrast or even antidote to the 'magic' tricks of nasty Uncle Andrew who is firmly fixed in the material world.
Am I overthinking this or does anybody else have any remotely similar thoughts?

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