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The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
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Mar 12, 2010

it was ok
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It's been a long, long trip, and I'm glad to finally reach the end. While I enjoyed some of the early installments in the Narnia saga, and several of the characters were compelling (some to love, others to hate), the series overstayed its welcome for me -- even after taking a break halfway through.

"The Last Battle" started off OK, but suffered mightily as soon as Jesu-- er, Aslan, that is, made his usual appearance. The themes of God vs. Satan, heaven and earth, good vs. evil, and divine perfection vs. earthly imperfection that dominated the latter half of the book are hard to take, even for a reader like me who knew what he was getting into with C.S. Lewis. I can't imagine how children reading this book would react. (I myself read only the first book in the Narnia series when I was a child.) Maybe it prepared many of them to be good Christians? I have no idea.

In the end, I'm glad I finally read the entire series, but I never, ever want to read the Narnia books again.
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message 1: by Aerin (new)

Aerin I personally will never forgive Lewis for what he does to Susan in this book.

message 2: by Shinynickel (new) - added it

Shinynickel Aerin, have you read [[book:The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia|3790544]? She's got a whole chapter on The Problem of Susan which I found very interesting (as I am equally pissed about Susan's fate).

message 3: by Aerin (new)

Aerin No, I'll have to check that out!

I liked how Neil Gaiman dealt with the issue, in his short story, also called "The Problem of Susan". In fact, it's probably my favorite thing I've read of Gaiman's.

message 4: by Shinynickel (new) - added it

Shinynickel Hah! I think the author of The Magician's Book actually interviewed Gaiman about several Narnia things, which is probably where she got the chapter title...

Daniel Susan was indeed treated pretty shabbily in this one, not that she was treated all that much better in "Prince Caspian," in which she seemingly randomly was made the designated asshole for most of the book. Lewis didn't play fair with her at all.

message 6: by Aerin (new)

Aerin It's because she likes nylons and lipsticks. Girly girls can't get into heaven, cause girls are shallow and icky. Either that, or "nylons and lipsticks" is code for "totally slutty".

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