Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (The Chronicles of Narnia #2)
Today, I've read a passage that I find disturbing and quite out of character for CS Lewis:
p.72 "Shall we go farther up for you, up to the crags? There's an Ogre or two and a Hag that we could introduce you to, up there." "Certainly not," said Caspian. "I should think not, indeed," said Trufflehunter. "We...more
(I know I keep talking about Tolkien and Lewis together, but it really is fascinating to see how they do sim...more
Journey Back to Narnia
(A Book Review of C. S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian)
The holidays are now over for the Pevensie siblings; a year has passed since their magnificent adventure in the magical land of Narnia. On the train station that will take them to a boarding school for the start of the new term a force no doubt with the working of magic yanks Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy suddenly finding themselves whisked on a forested island.
As the Pevensies suspected they are certainly back on the land of N...more
It's difficult for me to assign a star-rating to this book. I think because I'm so used to "epic" youth fantasy that I find this lacking. But, I must remember that it is a "children's" book, and I must take it for what it is (which leads me to think that I probably should have given "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" four stars as well instead of three...). Anyway, the book reads a bit more like a beautiful outline. Some things are delved into, b...more
After we saw the Prince Caspian movie, my son was insistent on us reading the book. He wanted me to read it first, because he knew I would read it faster than he would. So, I did.
I enjoyed it, although it was somewhat anti-climactic for me. I love the Pevensie children. I love th...more
Caspian as the second book brings more logic to the books than I ever recall them having, and as I...more
I was extremely surprised by how little Prince Caspian does in the book. Almost everything he does do is told to our actual protagonists by Trumpkin, which takes away some from the immediacy of the action, despite Lewis' writing that chapter almost as if it is what is currently occurring.
- Aslan is very annoying in this book. He's blatantly testing the other characters for no reason (as I read it...more
And though I stayed up well through the night reading the entire book in one gulp, it was not because of the usual seductive traps: lyricism ( Ahab's Wife), dramatic passions ( Jane Eyre) or gripping plotlines ( The Golden Compass). Why? I wonder myself why I didn't put it down and get a full night's rest.
Here's the th...more
One my favorite themes, continued in this work, is what I call Good Dreams. Frequently, Lewis points out things about Lucy, Caspian, Peter, and other characters which reveal desires that later will be fulfilled. I like that. For example, in...more
By C.S. Lewis
The four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are waiting on the railroad when all of a sudden magic pulls them in to Narnia. The magic is from a distress call that Prince Caspian blew from Susan’s magic horn. More than a thousand years have passed since they have been gone. Now it’s up to them to save Narnia. As you can see, the genre of this book is fiction. The setting is in Narnia and time goes by more quickly than in our world. As I told you before Peter, Su...more
I'm a firm advocate of reading them in published order rather than in "chronological" order. Douglas Gresham be damned, there is no need to be hand-led...more
Synopsis from Google Books:
Narnia is in trouble! All the magical creatures and Talking Animals have been forced into hiding by an evil king. Fortunately, young Prince Caspian escapes in time to lead the Old Narnians in the fight for their freedom.
But when the battle goes badly, Caspian blows an enchanted horn. Suddenly Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are pulled back into Narnia from England, where they had returned after defeating the evil White Witch. In a race against time and with the...more
The same characters were stated in the book: Edmund, Lucy, Susan, and Peter. It all started with a blow of the magic horn that belongs to Susan. Prince Caspian one of the new characters added to the series blew it. The magical horn was a signal/cry for help from Narnia. They have been gone for a long time no...more
So far, in the series, I missed one book. The Horse and His Boy precedes Prince Caspian in chronological order. But Prince Caspian was published first...and I dunno if Walt Disney will be producing Narnia movies according the publicati...more
There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are eq...more
'What do you mean?' said Edmund.
'This way,' said Susan, who seemed to know all about it. 'Back into the trees. We've got to change.'
'Change what?' asked Lucy.
"Our clothes, of course,' said Susan. 'Nice fools we'd look on the platform of an English station in these.'
'But our other things are at Caspian's castle,' said Edmund.
'No, they're not,' said Peter, still leading the way into the thickest wood. 'They're all here. They wer...more
"Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here, and still looked like men, so that you'd never know which were which?" - Ch. 9
"But for the movement of his tail he might have been a stone lion, but Lucy never thought of that. She never stopped to think whether he was a friendly lion or not. She rushed to him. She felt her heart would burst if she lost a moment. And the next thing she knew was that...more
I can't say that I know what 'movie' edition people are referring to. All of the Narnia books have been made into movies many times. So I can't comment on the particular version people are referring to as 'the' movie. Given that much of the charm of Lewis's works is in the language, it'd be hard to make a better movie version than the books themselves (but see my comment...more
I really like how things are a bit more ambiguous after the moral blacks and whites in the first book. Miraz is still a pretty stock villain character (still, he makes more sense than the White Witch). But no one seems clear about what happened...more