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The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
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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 part, we are to believe that all Calormenes are Bad People.

I still have a great fondness for the book out of nostalgia, but this one's pretty egregious as regards racial issues.
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