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The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) #3)

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When Shasta discovers he is not Arsheesh's son and therefore does not belong in the cruel land of Calormen, he joins forces with Bree the talking horse and flees north towards Narnia, where freedom reigns.

And so begins their hazardous journey, fraught with mystery and danger. Calormen's capital city of Tashbaan must be crossed, a harsh desert endured, the high mountains of

Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 2nd 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1954)
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Hannah McIntosh Yes - it's by C.S. Lewis, in the Chronicles of Narnia series. We love it! :)
Bree Riley Could be a coincidence but I mean. Tolkien and Lewis were in a writing group together so who knows.
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Ademilson Moraes
Of all the Narnia books this one will ever be my favorite. The story takes place during the time of the Golden Age of Narnia, when the Pevensies were still reigning in full and incontestable power. Unfortunately, there is actually not much of them in this book either, but the few parts when they do appear are quite entertaining. To be honest, this is a little grudge I hold against these books: the little information I got about the events that happened during the reign of the Pevensies, in major ...more
Robert Clay
This is probably my favorite of the Chronicles. It takes place during the Golden Age of Narnia, with the Pevensies reigning in their prime, although the story is actually set in the countries to the south of Narnia, which provides for a rather different feel to much of this novel. I always find the visual imagery captivating: riding across the moors at night, entering the towering city of Tashban, spending a night among the tombs of the ancient kings.
Alison Looney
I feel more conflicted about this book than any of the other Narnia books. On the plus side, the story is stronger and CS Lewis manages to keep his blatant editorializing to a minimum (maybe because none of the characters are transplants from wartime London).

But holy crap, the modern reader will find his racist descriptions pretty hard to swallow. He reintroduces his devious, smelly, turban-clad race, the Calormen. A lost white boy is raised among them and he is sad until he is finally reunited
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 06, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Filipinos Group
Shelves: childrens, series
The story is so simple but it took me awhile to appreciate what's going on because I am reading the series not in its proper sequence. I read Book #2, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe last year and now this Book #3, The Horse and His Boy without reading Book #1 The Magician's Nephew first. Reason? I misplaced my copy of Book #1 and I had to search for it.

Well, it is quite hard to rate this book. It is a simple fantasy story. The horse in the title is Bree, the talking Narnian horse. He and t
Barry Pierce
Ugh, this is the worst episode of Mister Ed ever.
Mar 01, 2008 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
The basic story is a good and entertaining one, but I could not get beyond the overt prejudices of C.S. Lewis on display throughout this book.

I'm incredibly disappointed. His portrayal of the people of Calormen is horrid. I admit, by calor I don't known if he is implying people of the hot lands (as calor indicates heat) or if it is a not-so-subtle way of suggesting colored people, but the descriptions speak for themselves. These people are described as dark-skinned, turban-wearing, cruel slave-o
David Russell Mosley
This is increasingly becoming one of my favourites from the Chronicles of Narnia. If asked why, I believe it is because it is the most like a medieval faerie romance. A young boy and girl in the mundane world of Calormen suddenly find themselves in the presence of faeries––talking horses––who wish to take them into Faerie itself––Narnia. Faerie, and the journey to it, however, is perilous and fraught with dangers. Once in it, or on its borders (i.e. Archenland) it becomes even more dangerous. A ...more
Deborah Markus
I feel really guilty about loving this book as much as I do. I loved it as a kid and I love it now, and there is just so much wrong with it.

The xenophobia is positively racist -- by page 5, we're already hearing the first of many references to the fact that the residents of Narnia are considered by the residents of their southern neighbor, Calormen, to be "fair and white...accursed but beautiful barbarians."

The Calormenes, on the other hand, are nothing but walking Middle Eastern stereotypes.
Not my favorite in the series, but it was still really fun read.
(As with all the Narnia books, I read this years ago, but am rereading it now.)

I have to say, having now reread all of the Narnia books except for The Last Battle, that this is my favorite. It's coherent, exciting, and has likeable characters. I even found Aslan much more likeable in this one; I think it's because he does less scolding and more helping, and he's better integrated into the plot than in, say, Prince Caspian.

I've also decided that I kind of like Lewis' weird semi-omniscient talks-t
หลังจากอานเลมทีแลวจบไป พอมาอานเลมนีรูสึกดรอปลงไปนิด ตอนจบดูตลกขบขันราวกับนิทานอีสป วอยซในการเลาเรืองดูขลังนอยลง แตคงเปนเพราะวาโทนการผจญภัยในเรืองทีเรียบเปนเสนตรง ไมไดนาตืนตาตืนใจ อีพิคเหมือนกับเลมทีแลว อานไปไดครึงเลมนีกนังหลับสัปหงกโยกเยกไปไดเหมือนกัน หนังสือบางๆไมไดหนาอะไร แตเราใชเวลาอานทังวันเลย ปกติถาสนุกๆนีสองชัวโมงกจบแลว คงเปนเพราะบทสนทนาตอนกลางๆเรืองมันยืดยาวเกินไปหนอยนะเราวา ถาเนนความกระชับ คงจะดีกวานี ยังไงฝีมือการเลาเรืองของลูอิสเปนเอกลักษณทีนอยคนจะเลียนแบบได

Franco  Santos
Mi favorito de la saga. En mi opinión es la mejor aventura. Un tomo que me resultó muy entretenido y el cual amé hasta las entrañas por ese viaje tan humano y a la vez tan fantástico.

El final es lo único negativo que le encontré: demasiado precipitado y rápido.
Emily Crowe
I'm torn with my rating. I read this book at least a dozen times growing up and I always loved it, and I just finished listening to a rather fine audio production of it, which I enjoyed. But it's hard for me to separate my nostalgia for this book from a critical evaluation of the story.

Oh, Jack. You have no great love for women, do you? Or at least not until Joy Gresham came into your life. If you'd known her earlier, I think your female characters would have benefitted so much!

Aravis is one of
That's it, I give. C.S. Lewis, you have beaten me, I am done. I have been trying to review this for two months, but every time I open a document, my brain just screams "bacon!"* and runs away.

This whole childhood nostalgia reread project is supposed to be fun! It's supposed to be me bringing the lens of adult readership to the books that shaped the way I think about fantasy and narrative. It's supposed to be self-reflective and, not like this is a surprise, I'm supposed to enjoy rediscovering ol
The Horse and His Boy was one of my favorite chronicles of Narnia when I was younger — partly because I love all things oriental, and the setting of Calormen is Lewis’s quasi-Arabian society — but more importantly, because of the heroine Aravis. The young Calormene aristocrat, a ‘tarkheena’ as she is entitled, is a singular character in the Lewis mythology: here, for once, the author shows us that he is capable of envisioning a female who is neither a mild-mannered English girl, nor an evil sorc ...more
One word: Orientalist.

Sorry, I could not get past it - nor should I have to. This was a terrible book, full of so much imperialist racist anti-Arab/Indian tones that I could not appreciate any aspect of it. Quite frankly I couldn't believe that I was reading this garbage. I don't really care if the story is good - if it's offensive it's not good. And even then, I really didn't care for the story.

The characters were completely new and it takes place during Susan/Edmund/Peter/Lucy's reign in Narni
Shannon (leaninglights)
I've never read this one until now! What a fun and awesome journey <3
Moram da kažem ovo je prva kjiga iz Narnija ciklusa koja mi se baš svidela. Imamo konkretnu radnju likove koji rastu i menjaju se tokom priče. Čak su i čitav onaj odeljak sa magijom i Aslanom držali većim delom na minimumu.

I iskreno rečeno ne mogu baš da vidim zašto ja Luis prozvan rasistom zbog ove knjige ali ajde ja nisma osetljiv po tom pitanju tako da sam možda slep na neke očite probleme.

u svakom slučaju ako oćete finu bajku slobodno pročitajte.
Childhood rating: Five

Re-read adult rating: Four

Shasta grows up under a heavy hand, under a cruel abusive master. When a horse talks to him, tells him his name’s Bree, and warns the boy he’s about to be sold into a worse situation, they both flee the land. Along the way they meet up with a girl names Aravis and her talking horse Hwin, also fleeing, as Aravis doesn’t want to marry the man her father forces upon her. Aravis runs from royalty, Shasta from poverty. They run together and discover a L
This used to be one of my favourite Narnia books, but it's definitely fallen in my favour now. Part of that is the painfully obvious exoticisation of Calormen (and through it, the countries it's obviously an analogue of). It's not completely black and white -- there's Aravis, who's "obviously" a good person because she wants to go to Narnia, and there's Lasaraleen, who does help Aravis (but is fussy, girly, and cowardly), there's the old slave who forges the letter for Aravis... but for the most ...more
Another fantastic Narnia novel.

This one is different, I found, because the main character does not enter Narnia from another world. Instead, the characters (while not in Narnia) actually start out in a nearby country. It was a fascinating view of Aslan's country to see it from the eyes of a neighbor, not as a person from our Earth.

Shasta, a young boy adopted by the local Calormenes, is soon accompanied by Aravis, a Calormene girl. Including a pair of Talking Horses, the four journey towards Narn
John Yelverton
I don't even want to count this book as one of the series. It's nothing like the other books and has none of the same characters in it. A real disappointment for me personally.
Xime García
ASLAN, TE AMO, SÉ MI GATITO Y me caíste un poco mal en este libro



Le iba a poner cinco estrellas hasta las últimas veinte páginas. En serio. De hecho creo que merece tres estrellas pero le coloco cuatro por la sorpresa grata que me llevé con este libro: cuando era chiquita, hace ocho años, lo odiaba simplemente por su nombre (un caballo? un muchacho? whatttt??), que incluso fue el único que no compré de la saga en su momento (me lo prestó una amiga, me re acuerdo, dos pequeñajas de diez
Ivonne Rovira
The Boy and His Horse numbers as the fifth of the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia by date of publication and the third in chronological order. However, The Boy and His Horse seems more like a wayward Tale of the Arabian Nights that somehow got itself shoehorned into C.S. Lewis’ iconic series. It just doesn’t really fit.

Set in some vaguely Middle Eastern land called Calormen that’s ruled by a sultan-like Tisroc, the eponymous boy, Shasta, runs away with a nobleman’s horse when the former
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baca ulang edisi terjemahan jadulnya

Inilah buku Narnia yg paling meresahkan yg pernah saya baca dan membuat saya mogok baca serial Narnia ketika SMP kelas 3 dulu--saya sampai harus konsul dulu ke seorang "mentor" untuk memberi masukan

Seperti yang semua orang telah ketahui, CS Lewis telah menciptakan sebuah negeri dongeng yang ajaib. Negeri permai yang bernama Narnia ini hidup dalam kedamaian yang melenakan, dipenuhi makhluk-makhluk baik hati bak malaikat dan hewan-hewan ajaib yang bisa berbicara
3.5 stars - Spoilers

-Much better than I expected. I did have to force myself to read this though because the synopsis sounded positively boring, it didn't help that I didn't recognise any of the main characters, they were all new. Maybe, I liked it so much because I had such low expectations??

-It was faster paced, and the writing flowed more smoothly than either The Magician's Nephew or The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - although I still preferred the latter to this one.

-The story wasn't qui
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion. What a wonderful series! What child hasn’t climbed into a closet and explored the back cracks in hope of finding an entrance to a new and exciting world after reading this book? I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft ...more
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews

The Horse and His Boy, by CS Lewis, is a very different type of Narnian adventure than what most readers of the series have experienced, and it is perhaps better because of it.

The tale itself begins with a young boy, Shasta, who lives on the seacoast of the land of Calormene with his father, a poor fisherman. The two are far from happy, though Shasta tries to be the very best son his father could ever have wished for.

One day, a noble traveler stops by
Calormen is the land of scimitars, turbans, viziers and bazaars. Lewis makes clear from these details of tool and title that Calormen is his fantasy stand-in for the middle east. And he makes equally clear what he thinks of that region by how he describes the people that live there. For Calormen is also the land of dark-skinned men in dirty robes, abused children, mass slavery, petty haggling and a capital city that looks grand on the outside but is revealed to be a festering hole. Calormen is t ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Daniella rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Narnia fans, and fans of adventure fantasy.
I liked this book better than its predecessor, largely because it felt like more of a proper story than, "A girl goes through a wardrobe to a magical land, and here, have some Christian allegory. And how about a bit more Christian allegory, with a side of Christian allegory, topped with Christian allegory?" Aslan is still Jesus, obviously, but he only shows up toward the end of the book, so you don't get overwhelmed by the religious message.

The rest of the book is a fun, fast-paced little advent
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronological Order) (7 books)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3) The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6) Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

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“I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the horses the new strength of fear for the last mill so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.” 285 likes
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