April 27, 2005

Narnia Blogging


The eldest Llama-ette and I are slogging our way through Prince Caspian. This is my least favorite book in the Narnia cycle. For one thing, I always feel Lewis takes too long re-establishing the children in Narnia and then starting them on the march for Aslan's How. For another, the long detour in the plot while Trumpkin fills in the backstory on Caspian and Miraz was rather confusing for the gel and took a lot of explanation. Also, of all the Chronicles, this one comes the closest in my mind to feeling a slight bit forced, at least in the first half. The story doesn't really seem to flow in the old Lewis way until Lucy's first encounter with Aslan on the cliffs.

Of course, these are all very minor criticisms. Furthermore, I am sustaining myself with the reminder that next up is one of my favorites, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Among other things, it contains one of the finest opening lines in all of English Literature: "There once was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb and he almost deserved it."

UPDATE: Speaking of favorite Llama-ette bedtime reading, Sheila notes that today is the birthday of Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of Madeline.

Posted by Robert at April 27, 2005 08:05 AM

I love the Dawn Treader too. I think for all the supporting characters in all the books, Reepicheep is my favorite.

Posted by: Brian B at April 27, 2005 08:59 AM

Dawn Treader is my fave, also, followed by The Magician's Nephew. Reephicheep rules. Every time I read that book, when he sails off by himself at the end, I cry like a little girl.

Posted by: jules in beaufort nc at April 27, 2005 09:49 AM

Caspian is certainly not one of the brighter volumes, but The Silver Chair is the one I've read the least. Caves, ugh! Dawn Treader is my favorite, and I still laugh when I read the line about Eustace. He is one of the stand-out characters in the series, along with Shasta, Bree and Aravis of A Horse and His Boy, my second favorite Chronicle.

Posted by: tee bee at April 27, 2005 09:55 AM

Reep does indeed rock.

Posted by: Robert the LB at April 27, 2005 11:11 AM

tee bee,

A Horse and His Boy is, sadly, the only book in the series I never read.

Posted by: Brian B at April 27, 2005 04:30 PM

A Horse and His Boy is especially great if you've taken the time to get a degree in Near Eastern Studies. My young brother-in-law read the book and I got to tell him all about Arabia and the Middle East.

Posted by: Sobek at April 28, 2005 12:22 AM
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