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The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #7)

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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 round-up of the first six titles.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 4th 1956)
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Maria
Nov 30, 2010 Maria rated it did not like it
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Manny
Oct 11, 2014 Manny rated it did not like it

A dismayingly poor conclusion to the series... I honestly don't understand why a fair number of people apparently like it. (I believe it even won some kind of award). The writing is flat and uninspired compared to the earlier volumes, and the preaching has completely taken over the narrative. Oddly enough, a lot of it also comes across as extremely immoral. Let's not even get into the question of whether the treatment of the Calormenes and their god Tash is racist or bigoted. The thing that real
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Luke
Mar 05, 2009 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lewis understands the way the world works better than any other writer I have ever read. It's likely due to his appreciation for story and powerful imagination fed by scripture. This book was eye opening for me to feel truth about how deception and our societies work in rebellion to God, through a fictional story. It was painful to recognize the major battle and struggle that is so slippery and subtle in our own lives. It would feel better to feel the stark good vs evil contrast in the Lion the ...more
Josie
Apr 14, 2007 Josie rated it did not like it
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Sean Kennedy
Dec 27, 2010 Sean Kennedy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I used to read the Chronicles as a kid, I would usually stop at Dawn Treader or Silver Chair. Now I realise that as a kid I was a lot smarter than I gave myself credit for, for "The Last Battle" is an absolute shocker of a book. It is racist, sexist, fundamentalist rhetoric disguised as children's literature.

Those 'darkies' (yes, that's how they're referred to in the book, along with stinking of 'onions and garlic') are invading Narnia again, at the guidance of a monkey (groan for obvious r
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Annie
Mar 04, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
The first part of this book was so difficult for me to get through. I hated how Narnia had become so tainted. Everything was so utterly depressing, but thankfuly, things did not stay that way. The last half is so wonderful. I hardly knew what to do with myself after reading it for the first time.

Of any of the worlds I've read about, Narnia is the one I would most like to visit or better yet, live in forever. I think that speaks to C.S. Lewis' ability to understand the longing of the human soul t
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Rachel Caroline Deacons
Warning: Spoilers.

Okay, before I begin I need to add that I am not Christian or religious. Not even a little bit. That's not to say I completely dismiss the notion that there could be a God, just that I personally do not believe in one.

I loved the Narnia books, especially the ones that centred around the Pevensie children. As a child I'm not sure what my reaction was to The Last Battle, when I was a teenager I read it again and felt a little...uncomfortable.

Now this isn't going to be a slander
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Amber
May 29, 2008 Amber rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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Karina E
Mar 12, 2015 Karina E rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Once I started thinking about racism and degrading other religions I couldn't take this anymore. There was no way to unsee those things and just read it as a fun children's book. What a waste of time. Sorry not sorry.

Oh, and the story itself was boring and aggravating.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 11, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Devout Christians? Those Who Want to be Culturally Literate
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Shannon (leaninglights)
I finally saw how it all ended. After almost 20 years it feels amazing. I thought CS Lewis' interpretation of the end times was beautiful. The story was definitely more focused and serious in tone than many of the other books but I have to tell you that I loved it. Overall, I would probably give it a 4.75 stars! :)
Ferdy
2.5 stars Spoilers

It was okay. The best part was seeing all the characters (bar Susan) together again at the end.

-The plot was pretty interesting but it did get a bit nonsensical in the last half (with that weird demon/devil thing). The whole fake!Aslan + mastermind!Ape trying to take over Narnia was actually quite entertaining… Although, I thought it was dumb that Aslan didn't appear sooner and put a stop to things.

-Eustace and Jill were yet again the main characters… I was expecting more of t
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Roya
Jun 25, 2016 Roya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awful
If I had the energy to describe how bad this is, I still wouldn't be able to describe how bad this is.
Kelsey Marie
*****For my full review, click here.*****

Wow! I have finished The Chronicles of Narnia. I can't believe it. I definitely dragged it out, I think I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the first time in 5th grade maybe, but even reading it through this time, I wasn't ready for it to be finished, because you can't read a book for the first time again. But, it's finally over.

This book is strangely moving and depressing all at the same time. I feel like Lewis might have just been extremely
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Meg
Sep 21, 2007 Meg rated it it was ok
I recently reread this series. I was very worried that my added perspective as a religious studies major and adult would mar my childhood love of the books, but honestly, this is the only one in the series that I found unpalatable. Maybe it's because I find the rapture/end-times story to be more annoying that the sacrificed God story adapted in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I don't know. That said, given the choice of reading this again and reading Left Behind again, I'd choose Left Behi ...more
Britt☮
Apr 11, 2010 Britt☮ rated it did not like it
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Jennifer
Jan 25, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of the best books in the Chronicles of Narnia series! The beginning got me so frustrated, as I can't stand how the ape Shift treated the donkey Puzzle; also how "puzzled" & dumb Puzzle can really be. The climax & the ending is VERY exciting! This really give me a glimpse of how heaven will be like, as I can't stop smiling and laughing in the end. What really surprised me is how the ending is so unpredictable, but is THE best happily ever ending I've ever heard. You have to re ...more
Mark
Feb 14, 2008 Mark rated it it was ok
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Jemma (MyLittleBookishCorner)
I have posted a full series review over on my blog - http://mylittlebookishcorner.blogspot...
Daniella
May 14, 2010 Daniella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Narnia fans.
I agree with the reviewer who said this was the worst ending ever. Not only does it have the worst ending, but the book itself is the worst ending to any series that I have ever read. Period.

Seriously, Mr. Lewis, what the hell is this though? Aside from the phenomenally craptacular ending--where we're supposed to believe that the very best thing that could possibly happen is for everybody to die--this book was just a whole lot of suck. It seemed to have no point whatsoever, except that Lewis dec
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Nikki
I think I liked The Last Battle even less, this time round, than I usually do. It doesn't have the Narnia magic: it has barely any characters to sympathise with, and the tone is all wrong. I do like the universalist sentiments, i.e. that anyone who does good deeds, no matter whose name they're doing them in, is serving the one true God. But I dislike that there is a one particular true God, and I dislike that it's so strongly divided on racial terms.

The treatment of Susan is... annoying, too, t
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Michelle☆Elizabeth
As it is known that Aslan represents Jesus Christ, I didn't like the way the other god and his followers were depicted as villians; I am a Christian, but the idea that "my way is the only way" is rather disgusting and demeaning. >:-C

I liked the rest of the series, though, to varying degrees.
Jenna Leigh
May 02, 2013 Jenna Leigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

SPOILERS! Don't keep reading if you don't like 'em!

Gosh, I love The Last Battle. As a Christian, Aslan's compassion and mercy in all of the books is moving, but it is especially highlighted in this novel.

Some people may not like the ending. I know my sister didn't, especially because of the fact that Susan isn't brought into the new Narnia with the other Pevensie children. My thought has always been(and this is purely my own interpretation/speculation) that Susan will eventually be saved. She i
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Jennie
Mar 31, 2009 Jennie rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I hated this book. I hated it so much. I'm glad I didn't finish the series as a child (I petered out some time after the 3rd or 4th, in publishing order), because this book would have scarred me for life. As impressionable as I was as a wee bairn, I would have either run around crying for a week over the way everyone *insert spoiler here* at the end, or I would have traipsed about hoping for Armageddon so I could go play with the pretty lion. Not cool. Not cool at all. Either way, I would have b ...more
Liz
Jun 09, 2008 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dan
The series is finally complete, and there's a lot to digest here. Like most of the Narnia series it is a mixed bag. Some good, some bad, some blatantly bigoted...

Let's start with the good. The story has a generally more epic scope, and in a more traditional way, than it's predecessors. While other tales have fantastic worlds, epic adventures, and swordplay, this instalment is about the balance of good and evil, life and death, heaven and hell. The religious themes are as abundant as ever, if not
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Apokripos
Mar 25, 2012 Apokripos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who would want a good book to read during Lent.
Recommended to Apokripos by: the "Voice"
So Long, Narnia
(A Book Review of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis)


Right from its opening sentence C. S. Lewis’s concluding book in The Chronicles of Narnia series homes in that matters are off to an ominous start. News of the appearance of the great lion-deity Aslan on the edge of the forest near Lantern Waste spread like wild fire throughout the land. And who wouldn’t be elated by this knowing it’s been two hundred years since the King of Beasts and the son of the Emperor-Over-The-Sea was last s
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Raina
May 15, 2010 Raina rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, adolescent
I actually hate this book. I can't say that often.

All of the worst elements of Christian media (not just literature) are present in this book. Lewis rejects religious pluralism, bases antagonists on rampant xenophobia, and falls once more into the trap of allowing Aslan to take over the story, even though the beginning was so good because of the marked absence of Aslan.

At first I thought that the Calormenes and their god Tash were definitely Lewis's idea of Muslims and Islam. They're dark skin
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Neda
Mar 04, 2016 Neda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
«داخل بزرگتر از خارج است.»
این یکی از جمله های جالب این رمان بود.. که برگرفته از همون عالم مثل افلاتون هست..
به نظرم لوئیس خیلی خوب تونسته این مفهوم رو در این رمان بیارن.
نکته دیگه هم اینه که به نظرم یه جورایی داره همون فلسفه ی مونالا رو میاره: اینکه مهم نیست که آدم چه دینی داشته باشه و همه ادیان بهانه ای برای نزدیک شدن به خدا هستند. البته اینجا ورژن مسیحی اش رو داریم و اسلان هست که نهایت همه چیزهاست. اِمِت تَش رو می پرسته و در پایان دنیا اسلان بهش میگه:
«فرزند! تمام آنچه خدمت تَش کرده ای، خدمت
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lia
Sep 04, 2007 lia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-a
I just recently re-read this and the Horse and His Boy on the recommendation of a friend. I haven't read the Narnia books in a really long time, but had been wanting to, after reading some of CS Lewis' theology writings, and figuring out that all of those lions and daughters of Eve were morality tales in disguise.
I still enjoyed the story, but was overwhelmed by the now obvious religious undertones to everything. Intolerance of those who worship an ugly hawk faced god (brown people in turbans no
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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 (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 Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

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