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The Last Battle (Narnia) by C. S. Lewis
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Title:The Last Battle (Narnia)
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Other authors:Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
Info:HarperTrophy (1994), Paperback, 224 pages
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The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (1956)


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2004, Harper Collins Publishers, Read by Patrick Stewart

Narnia has long enjoyed peace and prosperity under the reign of King Caspian X, but trouble is brewing. In the North, an greedy ape named Shift convinces a simple minded donkey, Puzzle, to dress himself in a lion’s hide and pretend to be Aslan. By manipulating Puzzle, Shift – in league with the Calormene warlord Rishda Tarkaan – manages to persuade the Narnians that he speaks for Aslan – and convinces them to serve the Calormenes and to cut down the talking trees of Narnia. The proceeds of the work will go to “Aslan’s” treasury, for the benefit of all.

When Tirian and his magnificent unicorn, Jewel, learn of the deceit, Tirian accuses Shift and, in doing so, is captured. He calls on Aslan for help, and Jill and Eustace also return to Narnia. The group must engage Shift and the Calormenes. But many Narnians are slaughtered. The kings and queens bear witness to the end of the Narnian world. All the inhabitants, including those who have died, gather outside the barn to be judged by Aslan; the faithful enter Aslan's Country while those who have opposed or deserted him become ordinary animals and vanish. (Wikipedia)

Admittedly, I did not find this last installment terribly interesting, and the Christian overtones are a bit heavy-handed here. That said, Patrick Stewart, who narrates The Last Battle is sublime! And as a whole, the the Narnia Chronicles are easily recommended.

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1 vote lit_chick | Jun 23, 2016 |
A strong end to a great journey! Narnia will be missed, but always treasured and I can't wait to visit again! ( )
  shadana | Jun 20, 2016 |
The Last Battle ended up being a classy, deep finish to the epic series. It contains a depth of darkness and tragedy that isn't present as strongly in the others, but ends more peacefully and beautifully than any of them.

From the first page there's something going on, pace is strong and swift, and I especially loved the donkey Puzzle and the glimpse Tirian sees when he glimpses into the world of the children after shouting for help. Powerful imagery aided action sequences, all high with emotion from friendship and loyalty, hope and despair. Impossible for me to grow bored reading this one. Since it's a Christian viewpoint series, that of course is high to be seen at the end of the book as with all of them. CS Lewis's old-fashioned, high language style only added to the dimensions of this final Narnian fairy tale.

You get to see some surprise company and reoccurring visitors, all personalities again likeable. I especially loved the Unicorn as a new introduction, where Jewel was not only presented as mystical and majestic but dangerous and brutal on the battlefield. The last King was a good character, but I don't think he holds the same strength of charm as his predecessors. I do wonder on the fate of one the main original children...

There was a strange, ironic humor with Puzzles and the disguise which made me laugh until the story took an abrupt turn for a much darker side. Whatever else can be said, there's plenty of emotional scenes to make a dramatic impact on the reader. Supreme joy and supreme sorrow, CS Lewis ended the series on a serious bang, wrapping it up completely not only for the stories of one character, but several, and then took it even further.

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  Paperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
And I'm definitely glad the series is over! ( )
  GwenMcGinty | May 13, 2016 |
The last book in Narnia Series. The last book which didnt impress me in least. I dont know how many times I slept in between .... ( )
  PallaviSharma | May 9, 2016 |
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The Christian symbolism is clear enough, but the book can stand on its own feet as a deeply moving and hauntingly lovely story apart from the doctrinal content.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
C. S. Lewisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eich, HansÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Georg, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helakisa, KaarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavis, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pauline BaynesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, PatrickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Allsburg, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the last days of Narnia, far up to the west beyond Lantern Waste and close beside the great waterfall, there lived an Ape.
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Das Finale der Chroniken von Narnia! Böse Zeiten brechen über das Land des Löwen herein. Der Affe Listig verkleidet den Esel Wirrkopf mit einem Löwenfell und gibt ihn als Aslan, den mächtigen Schöpfer Narnias, aus. Die Bewohner des Landes werden versklavt und nach Kalormen verkauft. Aslan bringt Eustachius und Jill auf seine eigene Art und Weise nach Narnia, um dem Betrug ein Ende zu bereiten. Als die Kalormen aber ihren Gott Tash ins Spiel bringen, beginnt der eigentliche Kampf. Wie wird er enden? Wird Narnia weiterleben oder untergehen? Werden die Kalormen die Oberhand gewinnen und Narnia vernichten?
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The last battle is the greatest of all battles

Narnia ... where lies breed fear ... where loyalty is tested ... where all hope seems lost.

During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge -- not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

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When evil comes to Narnia, Jill and Eustace help fight the great last battle and Aslan leads his people to a glorious new paradise.

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