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

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The last battle is the greatest of all battles, and the final ending the most magnificent of all endings in this, the last book of C.S. Lewis's timeless series, The Chronicles of Narnia.

This edition follows the original numbering scheme. More recent publishers have re-numbered the volumes so that the books are ordered chronologically. This was reportedly the author's prefe
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Mass Market Paperback, 184 pages
Published August 28th 1970 by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published September 4th 1956)
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Rajiv Mote Yes. C.S. Lewis has such a knack for imagery that evokes a sense of wonder, and it takes a deft hand to show the end of the world as both terrible and…moreYes. C.S. Lewis has such a knack for imagery that evokes a sense of wonder, and it takes a deft hand to show the end of the world as both terrible and beautiful. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was similar, with the undersea mer-kingdom, the sea of white lilies, etc.(less)

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Maria
Sep 13, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Manny
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 ...more
Sean Kennedy
Dec 27, 2010 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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Luke
Dec 10, 2007 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Roya
Feb 04, 2016 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.
Annie
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Dannii Elle
This is my seventh journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

What a fitting end to such an epic series! Despite having a darker message and more serious tone than the other stories, I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books.

It has been centuries since the last sighting of the mystical Aslan and his name has turned from legend to myth. With some falsely using his name and status, and others denouncing h
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7), C.S. Lewis
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 2002 میلادی
عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب هفت: آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس 1898 - 1963 ؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری 1330 ؛ منوچهر کریم زاده 1328، کتابهای کیمیا، تهران خیابان ولی عصر، بالاتر از میدان ونک، شماره 1337؛
نارنیا دنیایی است که در آن حیوانات سخن میگویند؛ جادو امری رایج است و خوبی به جنگ با بدی میرود. آغاز داستان آفرینش نارنیا در روز نخست با آواز اصلان شیر و سخنگو شدن حیوانات با جادوی اصلان است و
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Karina
Jan 19, 2015 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.
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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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devout Christians? Those Who Want to be Culturally Literate
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Amber
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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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! :)
Jenna Leigh
Apr 26, 2013 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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Daniella
May 08, 2010 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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Kyriaki
Τη σειρά την είχα ξεκινήσει πριν μερικά χρόνια αλλά δεν την τελείωσα ποτέ....ούτε και θυμάμαι το λόγο που δεν συνέχισα τότε με το 7ο.
Αλλά έφτασε ο καιρός και το πήρα απόφαση και το διάβασα!
Και πολύ χαίρομαι που το έκανα τώρα και όχι νωρίτερα γιατί πιστεύω ειλικρινά πως δεν θα μπορούσα να το εκτιμήσω τότε!

Άλλο ένα ταξίδι έφτασε στο τέλος του....και ήταν φυσικά ένα πολύ ωραίο ταξίδι!
7 βιβλία, 7 υπέροχες περιπέτειες σε μια μαγική χώρα!
Και ήθελα κι άλλο!! Ήταν πολύ λίγο!! Πολύ ξαφνικό τέλος και ίσ
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Jehan Jehan
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I dislike the conclusion of this series but still, it deserves a 5* rating for me since I base it to the wisdom I got and not because of the emotions that left in me after reading the last word at the end.

In my opinion, this book tells not just about Christianity but also as a human being. Why? It’s because Christians are not the only people in this world who have faith. Just like the dwarves in this book, they lose faith after they’ve been deceived once. And like Susan who simply turns her bac
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The Shayne-Train
So, whew, we made it through all of them. Our adventures in Narnia are over. After the fourth book, it started to be hard-going there. While the little one was still enjoying them, for me, the increased sloppiness of story structure and the more obvious Aslan/Jesus analog were growing tiresome.

But we did it, making it all the way through to the ultra-preachy (view spoiler) ending!
Carmen de la Rosa
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Antes de leer este libro me hice spoiler (me odio jajaja) y no se si fue por eso, que al leerlo se veía venir ese final... (view spoiler)

La trama me pareció entretenida, pero pensaba que siendo el ultimo libro, sucedería la más grande batalla de Narnia,
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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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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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Jennifer Tse
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Meg
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Erin
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
2.5 stars round up to 3

Well, it appears that my journey into Narnia has run its course. All of the "cast" return to help Aslan and their Narnian friends with one last battle. Well, except for dear Susan who earned the strange fate of growing up and becoming rather shallow. The ending of the story and the reaction it has received from thousands of reviewers, reminds me of the finale of LOST. I just didn't see it coming.
Mark
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Raina
May 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adolescent, fantasy
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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Kimberley doruyter
if we all get to go to narnia the end wouldn't be so bad.
Amin
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
همه آنچه را که با اشتیاق میجویند، مییابند


بچه که بودم این کتاب رو خونده بودم و خب دوستش داشتم اما نه به اندازه جلدهای دیگه و الان میفهمم چرا. «آخرین نبرد» سنگینترین، مفهومیترین و به نظر من بهترین کتاب مجموعه نارنیاست. یک پایان خوب و شایسته برای یک مجموعه دوست داشتنی. اما شاید برای یک بچه درکش سخت باشه.

این کتاب خیلی منو به فکر فرو برد. هر قسمت کتاب، هر جمله کتاب، هر تصویرسازی کتاب پر از نماد بود و تقریبا همهی اونها رو میتونستم دور و بر خودم ببینم. پازلها و جانوران سخنگوی نارنیایی که به راحتی گول ش
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