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Amy Coté

Affiliation with UVic English: Undergraduate Student, B.A. Hons fourth year

Special Book: The Chronicles of Narnia; The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis

When did you first read this book: 1999

Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?

“All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

What does the sentence mean to you?

Reading The Chronicles of Narnia with my mother in my early elementary school years was a formative experience for me. She and C.S. Lewis introduced me to the delights of fiction. I vividly remember the first time I read this sentence, which is the last of the final book; I was entirely overwhelmed by the idea of a story so large that even the world of Narnia—which had so entirely consumed me—constituted only a small part of it. I have returned to the Narnia series regularly since childhood, and feel it is a masterpiece I will never outgrow and a story I will never exhaust.