Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book Review: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

ISBN: 0064471071
Published: 1994 (first published 1952)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Read from October 4th to 8th, 2012
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Narnia...the world of wicked dragons and magic spells, where the very best is brought out of even the worst people, where anything can happen (and most often does)...and where the adventure begins.
The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil uncle Miraz banished when he usurped the throne. The journey takes Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.

It's been a while since I read this one, so I don't really have a whole lot to say.  I should have gotten around to writing the review earlier.

I did enjoy it, just as I have all of the other Chronicles of Narnia books.  Eustace was a very annoying character, but that was the point.  He grew on me a bit at the end.  Speaking of the end, I actually found the ending a little sad.  I found Aslan's little speech a bit cheesy, but not unberably so.  I think that's the most overtly Christian aspect of any of the books so far, and I saw a review or two speak negatively about it.  What do they expect though?  The entire series is a Christian allegory.  I will put that warning there though for anyone who isn't Christian.  There's really no way to explain away what Aslan says other than him being God, so it's the most obvious allusion in the entire series up to this point.

The book seemed to go by quickly, which I wasn't expecting since the entire book is about a voyage.  Boat trips seem to drag on, but they stop at enough different islands that the book really felt like a bunch of interconnected short stories.  Different things happened at each island, and every island tended to be interesting.  I really enjoyed that aspect of the story.

I only have two more Chronicle of Narnia books left to read!  Hopefully I get to them soon!

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