BOOK REVIEW: THE HORSE & HIS BOY BY C S LEWIS

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GENERAL INFORMATION

TITLE: THE HORSE & HIS BOY

AUTHOR: C S LEWIS

PAGES: 105

PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS

YEAR: 1954

GENRE: FANTASY / CHILDREN’S FICTION

COVER TYPE: PAPER BACK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Horse_and_His_Boy

http://cslewis.com

BLURB FROM THE COVER

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil – what more could any reader ask for in one book? That book was The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, written in 1949 by C S Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a world where magic meets reality and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.

This edition presents all seven unabridged books in one impressive volume. The books are presented according to Lewis’s preferred order, each chapter graced with illustrations by the books’ original artist, Pauline Baynes. Deceptively simple and direct, The Chronicles of Narnia continue to captivate fans with adventures, characters and truths that speak to readers of all ages, even fifty years after they were first published…

REVIEW

PLOT SUMMARY: Shasta, a young boy from Calormen runs away from his evil step-father on the back of a talking Narnian horse called Bree. He’s joined by a runaway young aristocrat called Aravis who’s also on a talking horse. They learn of a plot to invade Narnia by a young prince who’s furious when Queen Susan rejects his marriage proposal and help to save the day.

HIGHLIGHTS: Every scene featuring Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan was great. It’s a pity there were so far and few between. I liked the battle scene between the Narnians and the prince and his entourage. Shasta turns out to be the lost son of King Lune in Archenland, a country to the north of Narnia. He has a twin brother. This was very nice. There were many funny scenes between both talking horses.

LOWLIGHTS: The kindly old grandfather telling bedtime stories vibe vanishes completely from The Horse & His Boy. The chatty, realism is also gone. The narration of The Horse & His Boy is very cold and dull. The magic and beauty of The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is completely absent. I don’t think The Horse & His Boy is a very good novel.

THE OPENING LINE

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 sisters were King and Queens under him…

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Horse & His Boy is the fifth Narnia chronicle that C S Lewis published.

The Horse & His Boy has never been adapted for screen.

The Horse & His Boy is the only chronicle that features native children rather than English children as main characters and the only one set entirely in the Narnia world.

The Horse & His Boy takes place when Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy are still Kings and Queens in Narnia.

The Horse & His Boy is my least favourite Narnia chronicle. I don’t particularly like it. It’s muck weaker than the other chronicles.

RATING

Three-star-rating

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