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The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis
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Title:The Horse and His Boy
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Paperback, 304 pages
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The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (1954)


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Have you ever gone back and realised that's a book you loved as a child was extremely racist? Well, now I have. I loved Narnia when I was younger. I loved its story and how deeply linked it was to religion, even now that I'm older and no longer religious I still have a soft spot for it.

But... Damn this book is racist. Also, I am not particularly fond of Lewis's writing style, there is too much tell and almost no show and it doesn't work for me. Besides, I really don't understand how can he have so many characters devoid of true personality--there are so many scenes he could have used to develop the two main characters' relationship but nooooo.

All the Christian imagery that was wonderful to me as a child is now unnecessary. I want to know why your characters are good, why should I root for Aslan instead of Tash, instead I get racist stereotypes.

All in all, this is one of the strongest books in the series because it's more about the voyage and it's actually clear. ( )
  anagabymtz08 | Jun 25, 2017 |
I found it really hard to get through this one. This is probably the least adventurous book in the series. It felt like I was reading it for months.

I don't want to say anything bad about the series, because it really is a good story. But this one was slow going. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
I just finished re-reading this with my five-year-old daughter. The intrigue and plot twists were difficult for a five-year-old, but we still really enjoyed it. Personally the Eurocentricity of this book still bothers me a lot. Narnia and the Northern countries are good, as you go South, the dark people are really South. The southern country is called Calormen (Colored Men?). The pasty people in the North are honorable and good.

Of course my qualms are not worth explaining to my little girl. She can enjoy it for the adventure story that is. I love Lewis but he, like all of us, is product of a particular time and place. ( )
  Jamichuk | May 22, 2017 |
I did like the book, a lot but it had a lot more boring moments for me, but like The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, overall, I enjoyed the stories but The Magicians Nephew is still my favorite thus far. And of course, I love Aslan! I think he will always be my favorite. The thing about this one though was it had me laughing and smiling in so many places. IT would be too hard for me to remember or even name each one so I won't even try! The audio-book made it just that much easier for me to get through the book and got through it a lot faster than if I had tried to read it on its own still. It got 4/5 stars because of all the funny parts & Shasta's growth along with the other characters by the end of the book but also the times it had me smiling and laughing (otherwise it would have gotten a 3 or 3.5/5)..but because of how difficult it was for me to get through it, it didn't get a 5/5. This one was a little more boring than The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe but I wanted to know what happened and I couldn't give up on it...I can say it was boring for me and not just slow because so many times, I was just flat out bored! lol...I almost gave up on it and didn't continue with the series but I am too desperate to see it to the end so I will do my best to do so and I am not one who normally does that (it's happened once before but I had also loved the other books in the series..it was just one book that drove me nuts...the other 4, the two before and the two after...I loved!).

So, hopefully now, I can go on into the movies that they have out for this series..If they don't have one for this one..well..I will just wait for Prince Caspian (I didn't keep up with the movies, I only know of two they brought out) ( )
  obridget2 | May 14, 2017 |
This one struck me as more of a straightforward fairy tale though Aslan does play a part. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 5, 2017 |
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In the opinion of this admirer, "The Horse and His Boy" is relatively unispired. It does not glow as much as the incomparable first book of the series, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." It has not as much gay satire and plain excitement as several of the others. Just possibly the Narnian fields are suffering from overcropping, and could stand lying fallow while other fields are put back into cultivation.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Chad Walsh (pay site) (Oct 17, 1954)

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Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between, in the Golden Age when Peter was High King in Narnia and his brother and his two sisters were King and Queens under him.
And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.
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Please do NOT combine "The Horse and his Boy" with "The Chronicles of Narnia".

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original CS Lewis classic!

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A boy and a talking horse share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians.

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