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

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Narnia . . . where horses talk . . . where treachery is brewing . . . where destiny awaits.

On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find thems...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins (first published 1954)
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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.
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...more
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...more
Nic
(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...more
Rebecca
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...more
David 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
Hnasman
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
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...more
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...more
Lightreads
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...more
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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...more
Wendell Adams
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...more
Nikki
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
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.
Ferdy
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...more
midnightfaerie
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
Vincent
My second grade teacher, Ms. Cook, at Gisler K-8 introduced this series to our class. She read to us everyday. I bought the series and read books 1-7. I still have my box set from then.

Reread: May 17-18, 2008
As I mentioned in my updated review of "The Magician's Nephew" I skipped over "the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," because I've read it a couple of times and am so familiar with the story, to read this one again which comes next in the original sequence.

I remember as a child I didn't th...more
Daniella
Mar 08, 2010 Daniella rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Tina
Original post at One More Page

There was a brief mention of The Horse and His Boy in The Silver Chair, and it was known as a tale told to kids during High King Peter's time. The recommended order of reading the Narnia series sometimes switches this book with The Silver Chair, so as I was reading this I wondered if there would be a difference if I read this first before the other one, even if they were almost completely unrelated. I did miss the Pevensie siblings in the last book, so it was nice...more
Crystal Starr Light
“No one is told any story but their own”

Shasta lives on the shores of Calormene with a fisherman whom he believes is his father. One day, a traveler stops by and offers to buy Shasta from the fisherman. Shasta then meets up with Bree, the traveler’s Narnia horse (who talks) and both leave for Narnia. Along the way, they meet Aravis, a Calormene girl who was betrothed against her will to a much older vizer, and Hwin, a female Narnia horse.

I Liked:
What a truly enjoyable story! As I’ve mentioned be...more
Joseph
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
Yani. S
Estoy segura de que en algunos casos el silencio se vuelve algo positivo. Este es uno de ellos. Por primera vez en bastante tiempo, no tengo casi nada para decir acerca de un libro. No porque no me haya gustado (las estrellitas lo prueban) o no lo haya analizado suficiente (por más que esté leyendo un libro para disfrutarlo mi costado crítico sigue "activado"), sino porque me gustó tanto, me pareció tan bien narrado, los personajes fueron tan de mi agrado, que no encuentro motivos para discutirl...more
Wealhtheow
This was one of my favorite Narnia books when I was a kid. The main characters filled my favorite tropes: Shasta is a poor pitiful orphan whose good heart launches him into an adventure, while Aravis has all the quick wits and tough spirit that a girl could wish for. I liked that their relationship began badly but ended with complete trust in each other. And there's basically no adult help until the very end (to my mind, Hwin and Bree don't count as adults, being horses), which always thrills a...more
Kelly
The perfect book to yap about on a day when I cannot see straight.

To put the record lineal, I have always been, and always will be, a sucker for equine esque adventures. It's just something uncurable. And I know no one who knows they don't have something insufferably pestiliant. My abiding love of this particular Lewis book might have something to do with the absence of this nonsense:
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If that were not the case, I would be nursing a deep and unfathomable hatred for Lewis. Nothing aga...more
Sean Kennedy
Although it's interesting to read a story set in the 'Golden Age' of Narnia - the period where the Pevensey children are growing up and serving as Kings and Queens - for once the overt religious symbolism is overshadowed by the, quite frankly, racist depictions of the enemies of Narnia. These dark skinned, 'stinking of garlic' and unhygienic characters are in stark contrast to the lily white and pure defenders of Narnia. Even the titular character of the 'boy' - Shasta - who is escaping from the...more
Harish Kumar Sarma Challapalli
I liked this book better than the previous two parts!!

The narration was not dull!! this is a page turner!! can be completed in a single sitting!! I think of all the other books, this will make a good movie!!

I didnot find any part unpredictable!! On the whole I can say that this is better than other installments!!
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...more
Célia
Li os dois primeiros volumes de “As Crónicas de Narnia” (O Sobrinho do Mágico e O Leão, a Feiticeira e o Guarda-Roupa) e, como expliquei na altura, não fiquei propriamente fã. Não porque se trata de livros juvenis, apesar de isso também não ajudar muito, mas mais porque não me identifiquei com as temáticas e o estilo narrativo. Contudo, como ainda tinha por ler o 3.º volume da série (de acordo com a ordem cronológica e não com a ordem de publicação original), decidi dar mais uma oportunidade à h...more
Jonathan

Years ago I considered The Horse and His Boy as the weakest of all the Narnia novels. I have since revised my opinion and recognised that the tighter, more compact nature of the novel causes it to be a far better story than perhaps can be understood as a child. To that effect this is perhaps one of the better stories in the Narnia series in how it can be read by children and adults as a strong novel.

The story is essentially self contained, with no knowledge of any prior Narnia novels necessary t...more
Britt☮
Oh, dear.

I had to double-check to make sure I was still reading the same series.

This book is a departure not only from Narnia (taking place in a land to the south called Calormen) but also from common sense, decency and good writing.

First of all, is it REALLY necessary to use words like "apophthegms," "inexorable" and "prognostics" in a children's book? You certainly shouldn't talk down to your reader, either, but a happy medium would be nice.

Second of all, the characters were surprisingly one-d...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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