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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - C. S. Lewis
Member Name: Jonni_boi
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - C. S. Lewis
Advantages: good book for children and adults
Disadvantages: predictable, and a rushed ending!
As some people probably know, I'm currently reading all the Narnia novels in order. The reason why I'm doing this is because I want to read them and then compare them to the films. I know that as of now, the Narnia films are going in order of publication date, however this isn't always the chronological order, as the 1st book in the series is "The Magician's Nephew" which I fully enjoyed, and helped me identify why there's a witch, a wardrobe and a lion, along with the reason why a lamppost is in the middle of Narnia.
For those of you who have not read my previous Narnia review, I highly suggest that you do, as I may be referring to them without realising. This is the order of the books I've read so far, and I have read reviews on all of them!
"The Magician's Nephew"
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"
"The Horse and His Boy"
Are you back now? Well then I must continue.
C. S. Lewis is a well known author, mostly famous for his Narnia series of books, although he has written many others that are not as well known. He died in 1963, so please do not expect any more books to be released by him, if there is, I'll be very surprised, and would presume that it'll be a gothic novel based on the aspects of afterlife, however I doubt that will happen!
This book goes back to the children we read about in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe", which are Susan, Peter, Edmund and Lucy. We first read about them being on a platform, getting ready to go back to school, when all of a sudden they are transported to Narnia; however it is no longer the Narnia they knew, and now, where they used to rule, are just mere ruins.
They find a dwarf, who is called Trumpkin, and rescue him from some soldiers. Trumpkin, after finally believing the children are the high king and queens, reluctantly tells the story of what has recently happened in Narnia, since they disappeared from Narnia.
After being told what has happened over the years, they go on a trek, to find Prince Caspian and help him defeat the Telmarines, who have taken over Narnia. They also meet an old, long lost friend, who helps them along the way.
I believe there is a message behind this book, which is a constant theme in most children's books and I believe the hidden message is that, no matter what you believe in as long as you believe it yourself, it doesn't matter what others think. This is quite possibly the same message that pops up in "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" as the other children do not believe Lucy when she says the Wardrobe opens to a land called Narnia.
The Narnia books, in my opinion, is in a league of themselves, and I feel that there is no other book I can compare them with, as they are for everyone, even though they are a children's book, adults also enjoy these books. So I cannot possibly try to compare it with a similar book as there are no other books that are roughly the same as the Narnia books.
I found this book interesting and compelling, however it was a little boring at times, and a little simple, basically I knew what was coming round the corner. I didn't think much of the ending, it felt rushed and too quick, and I was surprised that it ended that way. I didn't feel the emotions from the book run through me, and so I felt pushed to read the book, rather than reading it for fun. However Narnia books are good as they make you think of a imaginary world and makes you visualise that world, which makes me enjoy the books a little more, as C.S. Lewis can be very imaginative and you don't have a clue which way the story would turn, which is always a good thing.
This book, most obviously appeals to children, however, as I've already mentioned, many adults quite enjoy this story too. Now what about the Young Adults? (the 16-24 year-olds) well I'm currently classed in that year group, and I think that the Narnia books overall appeal to us as well, however regarding this book in particular, I felt pushed to read on and didn't enjoy it as much, and if I wanted to I could of put it back on the shelf and not read it for another few years. But I didn't and kept on reading not for my own reason, but for you lot, so that you could know what I felt about the book. However, maybe I should read all the Narnia books sometime when I'm 10-20 years older, maybe I'll enjoy them all much better, but unfortunately, and as much as I'd like to, I am unable to see into the future, and so I cannot possibly predict how I would feel about these books when I'm older.
well that's all, it feels too short, but then again it's quality not quantity, thank you very much for reading, and I hope I haven't put people off from reading the Narnia books, as I have to admit, I fully loved the first book, as you probably know by my review on it!
Summary: 4th book in the Narnia Series
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