Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
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Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #2)

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This edition of Lewis's classic fantasy fiction is packaged specifically for adults. Complementing the look of the author's non-fiction books, and anticipating the forthcoming Narnia feature films, this edition contains an exclusive P.S. section about the history of the book, plus a sample chapter from its sequel.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 20th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1951)
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Amanda
November 19, 2008. I've read these books a zillion and one times and surely I shall read them a zillion more. Because every single time, I realize new truths and find more honor in their pages.

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
midnightfaerie
Note: Just finished reading this one with my 5 yr old, and we loved it! I'm enjoying it much better this time around. Maybe because I didn't understand all the implications the first time, or maybe because I'm seeing it through the eyes of my child. Either way, I love C.S. Lewis more each time I read him! And I've decided not to tell my son about the analogy to Christianity. I want him to figure it out for himself. But just the other day he compared God to Aslan and Spiderman all in the same sen...more
Wendell Adams
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Prince Caspian is the second book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

C.S. Lewis begins this tale by revisiting the Pevensie children, who have survived WW II and are at a train station waiting to head off to boarding school. While discussing their concerns about being separated, they are suddenly pulled into another world, which they do not immediately recognize as Narnia. Indeed, the land has changed to such an extent that it is only after finding several relics from th...more
Steven Wedgeworth
Some of the best theological nuggets appear in this one. Reepicheep is at his most inspirational as well. And don't miss the fact that it is the bad dwarf who doesn't smoke!
K.D. Absolutely
My fourth Narnia book and this one is pure fantasy to me. I missed the Christian allegory that the earlier books, particularly The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (3 stars) has.

The book is about the return of the four kids, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy to Narnia after 1,300 years in Narnian time. However, this is just about a year later in London time. It is the horn of Susan that she has left when the kids are leaving Narnia in Book 1 that is used by Prince Caspian, the rightful heir of the...more
Peter
I think I preferred the movie version, it was much better plotted than the book, eschewing the book's flashback structure and sitting around for a parallel stories that ran together with a lot more action and excitement. The characters – the Penvensies (who I cannot stand in the books) and Caspian (who is little more than a cypher) – had some facets in the film where as in the book they are totally one dimensional. I don't particularly like the insidious black-and-white morality that pervades ev...more
Stephen
3.0 to 3.5 stars. This is the kind of YA fantasy story that is great to read with the kids as the good guys are really good and the bad guys are really bad. The plot and dialogue are a bit too YA for me to give this a higher rating but I certainly admire the world that C.S. Lewis created and will definitely finish the chronicles.
Tina
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When the movie Prince Caspian came out, I watched it without having read the book, so I had zero expectations. All I thought after I watched the movie was it was a little bit long, and I squeed when Aslan showed up. I didn't really like it as much as the first movie on the first watch but it got better when I watched it for the second and third time. Eventually, Prince Caspian became one of those movies that I like watching over and over again, despite my friends'...more
Cary
I remember the first time I learned about the chronicles of narnia was when one of my professors back in college asked us, as a bonus question in our exam, to enumerate the seven books of the series. During that time, i've only heard about TLTWTW so instead of feeling happy for the bonus points, i got disappointed for i've only one point for that bonus question.(Actually, the exam was so hard that i have to rely on the bonus questions in order to get a passing score.) Fortunately, i was able to...more
John Yelverton
Fantastic sequel that I found even better than "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." A must read!
Erin ♥ (Paperback Stash)
I wasn't sure if I'd like this one as much as Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. I was pleasantly surprised to like it just as much. It did not have all the introductory magic of the first where they discovered all for the first time. Instead, they rediscover a fallen world and help again rebuild what had once been glorious and has now been undone. High emphasis is again placed on the children - Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund - but entering is a new great, Prince Caspian.

I missed the older animals fr...more
Daniel
Here's one thing I don't get about the parts of "The Chronicles of Narnia" I've read so far: Why does C.S. Lewis feel the need, in each book, to make one of the Pevensie children, seemingly at random, completely loathsome? In "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," it was Edmund who was a complete dick for almost the entire book, and now, in "Prince Caspian," it's Susan who's asking for a good bitch-slapping.

I think I know why C.S. Lewis does this: He's not very good at making characters memorab...more
Ann
May 30, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Many people!
Another lovely addition to the Narnia series.
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
Aili
Read this in 2 hours the day I went to see the movie. I had forgotten pretty much everything about this book. Re-reading it, I can see why I didn't remember anything (and why this is my least favorite Narnia book) -- it's because nothing happens. Most of the actual drama (how Caspian's uncle took the throne; Caspian's education and eventual escape) takes place in flashback. What we do get is a lot of faith, or lack of faith, in Aslan coming to save the day. Wah wah wah. The final conflict is ant...more
Phayvanh
May 06, 2008 Phayvanh rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of the series (kids)
Recommended to Phayvanh by: anticipating the movie
Shelves: 2008, reviews, kids
Anticipating this summer's movie version, I decided last week that I was going to read this before seeing the film. So my boyfriend bought me a $2 used copy at the local bookstore.

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
Madeline
I'm sorry. I tried really, really hard to prefer the book over the movie, but dammit I just can't. Maybe it's because Book Caspian doesn't really have much of a personality and is just some kid who's along for the ride during nearly the entire story. Maybe it's because Aslan is even more of a know-it-all jackass in this one. Maybe it's the lack of pretty boys having swordfights. (don't bother making dirty jokes, I've already thought of them all) Maybe it was the fact that, once again, the book w...more
Nikki
Prince Caspian was, at one point, my favourite of the books. (The ones that have never enjoyed that status are The Magician's Nephew, The Silver Chair and The Last Battle.) I don't know where it comes now -- there are some gorgeous bits, like the dancing of the trees. There's nothing about Calormen, which is a bonus, and there's plenty of talking animals and touches from classic mythology.

(I know I keep talking about Tolkien and Lewis together, but it really is fascinating to see how they do sim...more
Jonathan

I apologise for the surge of reviews, however I now intend to go through and continue to add reviews for the last six Chronicles of Narnia novels by C.S. Lewis.


When I was seven I began to read on my own for the first time. It was a big deal to my mother that I should learn to read for myself whenever capable and seven happened to be that age. However, even before I could read for myself The Chronicles of Narnia were introduced to me as wonderful children's novels through listening to mum readin...more
jzhunagev
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
Ferdy
Spoilers

Liked it… Mainly because of the reappearance of the main gang.

-The storyline was fairly entertaining. Although, it was kind of similar to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in that Lucy, Peter and co banded with the Narnians in order to beat the evul guys and restore peace to Narnia. There wasn't actually all that much action, mystery or excitement… Everything that happened, I expected. Also, I wasn't impressed with the short recapping of battle scenes… I'd rather have been shown the...more
Julianna
I read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe when I was in 5th or 6th grade, but for some reason, never chose to finish the series. With The Chronicles of Narnia finally being made into movies, I decided it was time to rectify that situation, since I have always had a preference for reading the book before seeing the movie. Though I didn't find it to be quite as compelling a story as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian was still a very good follow-up. It was a little like visitin...more
Michael Jones
I just wanted to call attention to what a profound lesson it is when Lucy hears and sees Aslan and the others don't. The response of the others very much parallels the way people respond sometimes when you KNOW you are following the Lord to undertake a certain endeavor.

Some, like Susan will tell you you're always dreaming and go back to bed.

Some, like Edmund will point out that you've been right before and stick up for you even though he can't quite see what you are suggesting.

Some, like Peter w...more
Joseph
The eighteenth century chess-master Francois Philidor once quipped that 'pawns are the soul of chess.' For while pawns are the pieces with the least power and the least freedom, their ability to work together to threaten more powerful pieces and their potential to promote are what differentiate chess from the myriad other 'pieces on a grid' games that have been developed over the centuries and help explain why chess is still a popular game today.

A similar dynamic is in play in The Chronicles of...more
Carissa
"Bother!" said Edmund, "I've left my new torch in Narnia."

I can't count the number of times I've read this book, but it grows dearer to me with each reading. Like rediscovering a gem I'd half-forgotten. That's the beauty of Narnia.

In Prince Caspian, the book follows Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they are called back to Narnia, this time from the blowing of Susan's magic horn by the desperate Prince Caspian as he fights alongside the Old Narnians against his Uncle Miraz. One of the best aspec...more
Nic
I read this, and all the Narnia books, as a child, but I'm now rereading them (May 2008).

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.

Other notes:
- Aslan is very annoying in this book. He's blatantly testing the other characters for no reason (as I read it...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
Oct 15, 2011 Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all who fancy fantasy
Not so interesting as the first book!!
Connie  Kuntz
At some point, I'll stop thinking of Woody every single time Aslan makes an appearance. Right? Actually, I don't care if I don't. I loved Woody and I love Narnia, and the more I read Narnia, the more I notice how much spiritual value I place on animals and nature. That isn't a bad thing.

I enjoyed the back story and ancillary characters more than any of the other Narnia stories we have read so far. Sure, there is a hint of Hamlet in the story. (Miraz (Claudius) kills his brother (Hamlet Senior) s...more
Nathaly

Primero que todo, debo decir que nunca había leído Las Crónicas de Narnia antes de esto. Me regalaron este libro hace unas semanas y hubo un momento en que me llamaba desde mi estantería. Si soy completamente sincera ni siquiera vi completa la película.

Este libro narra el regreso a Narnia de Lucy, Edmund, Susan y Peter. Amo esos chicos. Me gusta como se comportan como una familia, como cuidan los unos de los otros. Cuando estuvieron antes en Narnia, después de ser la gran batalla, reinaron en N...more
Kate
I grew up on the Narnia books, and -- somewhat amazingly, considering the level of theological discourse in my house -- had no idea about the religious subtext. The books are better when read without the subtext (though, is it possible to do so now that the subtext has become mainstream knowledge?)-- to me, they were marvellous adventure stories.

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
Nikki
I think I say that every Narnia book is a runner up for my favourite. Actually, that's how I feel: I love them all so much. Prince Caspian introduces my favourite characters of the series: Caspian and Reepicheep. I can't put my finger on exactly why I love it so much. I guess it has aspects of a kind of "King Arthur returns" story -- only, in Narnia, which I love even more. The Pevensies have to do some camping and adventuring, and things aren't easy, and there are references to Greek mythology...more
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th...more
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