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Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
by C.S. Lewis
by C.S. Lewis
I think I preferred the movie version, it was much better plotted than the book, eschewing the book's flashback structure and sitting around for a parallel stories that ran together with a lot more action and excitement. The characters – the Penvensies (who I cannot stand in the books) and Caspian (who is little more than a cypher) – had some facets in the film where as in the book they are totally one dimensional. I don't particularly like the insidious black-and-white morality that pervades everything, the undertones of sexism, racism and classism. The laboured moral lessons slapped in the middle of each story, here about faith, Lucy is the only one who can see Aslan etc. There's also a mixing of cosy fireside-ness (the bolgy bears??) with war treated as a cricket match, where the private school heroes beat the oiks. There's a weird mixing of Roman god Bacchus with Aslan where they all dance through towns righting wrongs, and generally having a bacchanal – but obviously a very morally respectable and restrained one. Oh, and there are also walking trees – like Ents, but then I guess this and LOTR were written at the same time in the same group. A lot of this is so tonally wacky you can see why they dropped it from the film in favour of the main adventure story which I think they strengthened to great effect. So far my least favourite Narnia book, although still three to go.
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