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The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #5)

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The Horse and his Boy is a stirring and dramatic fantasy story that finds a young boy named Shasta on the run from his homeland with the talking horse, Bree. When the pair discover a deadly plot by the Calormen people to conquer the land of Narnia, the race is on to warn the inhabitants of the impending danger and to rescue them all from certain death.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 1995 by Scholastic Inc (first published September 1954)
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Sarah Renee Jones Absolutely, yes. If you read the series in chronological order you will see that it mirrors the Bible from cover to cover. With the first book, The…moreAbsolutely, yes. If you read the series in chronological order you will see that it mirrors the Bible from cover to cover. With the first book, The Magician's Nephew telling how Narnia was created (including a forbidden fruit, in a special garden) all the way to the last book, The Last Battle, which reflects Revelation in the Bible! :) (less)
Liam ~And I try to remember but my mind is no longer clear~ They were, like, best friends, so maybe they decided to both use it. I've heard that Tolkien based Treebeard off of C.S. Lewis, and Lewis based the…moreThey were, like, best friends, so maybe they decided to both use it. I've heard that Tolkien based Treebeard off of C.S. Lewis, and Lewis based the professor from Voyage of the Dawn Treader off of Tolkien, or something like that.(less)
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Robert Clay
Aug 04, 2007 Robert Clay rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2008 Alison Looney rated it it was ok
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
Deborah Markus
Sep 19, 2014 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it
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.
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 06, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok
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.
Jun 19, 2016 Roya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: okay
You know you're bored when it nearly takes you a month to read something of this length.
David Mosley
May 02, 2013 David Mosley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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
Jul 29, 2016 Mario rated it liked it
Shelves: own, own-read
Not my favorite in the series, but it was still really fun read.
Moraes the Bookworm
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
Mar 23, 2013 Nic rated it really liked it
(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
Dec 17, 2015 Ziba rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Horse and His Boy is the only book of the Narnia series that features native rather than English children as the main characters, and the only one set entirely in the Narnian world. It is set in the period covered by the last chapter of the inaugural book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, during the reign of the four Pevensie children as Kings and Queens of Narnia. Though the Pevensies appear as minor characters, the main characters are two children and two talking horses who escape ...more
May 21, 2015 P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, classics
หลังจากอ่านเล่มที่แล้วจบไป พอมาอ่านเล่มนี้รู้สึกดรอปลงไปนิด ตอนจบดูตลกขบขันราวกับนิทานอีสป ว๊อยซ์ในการเล่าเรื่องดูขลังน้อยลง แต่คงเป็นเพราะว่าโทนการผจญภัยในเรื่องที่เรียบเป็นเส้นตรง ไม่ได้น่าตื่นตาตื่นใจ อีพิคเหมือนกับเล่มที่แล้ว อ่านไปได้ครึ่งเล่มนี่ก็นั่งหลับสัปหงกโยกเยกไปได้เหมือนกัน หนังสือบางๆไม่ได้หนาอะไร แต่เราใช้เวลาอ่านทั้งวันเลย ปกติถ้าสนุกๆนี่สองชั่วโมงก็จบแล้ว คงเป็นเพราะบทสนทนาตอนกลางๆเรื่องมันยืดยาวเกินไปหน่อยนะเราว่า ถ้าเน้นความกระชับ คงจะดีกว่านี้ ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Hayley rated it liked it
Shelves: fanciful, ya
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 ...more
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
Franco  Santos
Mar 30, 2015 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 30, 2015 Jay rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one.
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
Mar 03, 2016 Cata rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
Ouvir o audiobook foi uma experiência muito boa. Não só foi uma leitura mais dinâmica, como me poupou horas. Literalmente.
Porém, continuo a não estar fascinada por Narnia. E é um livro cuja história provavelmente esquecerei asap. Não é um livro que vai ficar comigo.
No geral, como os anteriores, foi ok. Acho que vou gostar mais do filme
Oct 20, 2016 Selene rated it really liked it
Book Three in my Box Set

This story takes a completely different turn from the previous two. The main characters are not English (I believe in the entire series this is the only book where that happens). I enjoyed the adventure of it all but not as much as the previous books. I will definitely continue on with this series.
Oct 12, 2016 Birchsilver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. :-)
Aug 26, 2013 Lightreads rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Danny Phanton
Hasta ahora este es el que menos me ha gustado de los tres que he leído, creo que no tiene mucho que ver con la saga y podría pasar bien por una historia completamente diferente. Empezó gustándome bastante, pero conforme avanzaba se me hizo un poco aburrido.

En si el libro esta bien, pero hasta ahí, Lewis sigue con su forma de narrar las cosas bastante única y eso me encanta de la saga, los nuevos personajes tampoco es que me gustaran tanto, excepto Bree<3, me encantó y fue bueno ver a Edmund
Nov 05, 2013 Joseph rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amber Hetchler
May 10, 2016 Amber Hetchler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another wonderful adventure!
Shannon (leaninglights)
I've never read this one until now! What a fun and awesome journey <3
“And certainly both Horses were doing, if not all they could, all they thought they could; which is not quite the same thing.”

I feel very disconnected from this series. I love certain parts, and the way the story is told feels magical, but I just don't have strong feelings for them.
There are a lot of themes and sentences deep enough that I know children won't understand them, so I think what's partly so magical, is reading these as an adult and realizing how wise some of the characters are,
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
Sep 01, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
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
John Yelverton
Sep 16, 2011 John Yelverton rated it liked it
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.
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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 ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • 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 Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)

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