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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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I would think [b:The Horse and His Boy|84119|The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)|C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388210968s/84119.jpg|3294501] could hardly be anyone's favorite Narnia book. It does have some of the best moments in the Narnia series: the "I only tell you your story" moments from Aslan, and (one of my very favorite parts of the series) when Bree becomes a wiser horse. And it has some great comedy bits, like the recurring "As one of our poets has said..."--bits that I and the whole family enjoy. But mixed in with those favorite moments are a whole bunch of the worst parts of the series. [a:C.S. Lewis|1069006|C.S. Lewis|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1367519078p2/1069006.jpg] at his male-chauvinist, British-ethnocentric worst. I'm so disgusted with Lewis's notion that British culture is the most heavenly culture, and people from other parts of the world (like the Middle East), really, they'd immediately understand how much superior British life is once they had an opportunity to experience it. Of course those dirty Middle Easterners would give up their flatbread dipped in oil at once, if they only knew the glories of a hunk of bread with butter! Pain...pain...Lewis, please stop! Just as bad, of course, is Lewis's horrible non-understanding of women, and his low view of what they're worth and what they're useful for. As I read the book aloud to my sons, it's impossible not to stop at certain points and talk about how wrong Lewis is in his portrayal of females. Though I explain why Lewis held the views he did, it doesn't make the reading any easier. Even looking past those glaring flaws, I just felt on this readthrough like the story is kind of unnecessary. The lessons learned are barely different from similar lessons in other books, and the cultural settings are a lost opportunity, thanks to Lewis's inexcusable ethnocentrism. My reviews of the Narnia series: The Magician's Nephew The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Horse and His Boy Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Last Battle ( )
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one of my favorite of the series.
The characters I enjoyed here more than the other books & I liked the mystery & exoctcness of the new lands desert etc
Plus talking horses! :) ( )
  JazMinderr | Jul 31, 2014 |
I tried reading the Horse and His Boy as a child and got lost fairly quickly in all of the eastern imagery, and so it was about time that I got back to it and finished it. There are some wonderful moments in this book: I particularly love the way that Aslan keeps on popping in and out of the storyline, looking after the young boy, Shasta, but without Shasta realising that he's been there helping him all along. At one point he wants the lion, Aslan, to leave him alone, only to find that Aslan actually wants to help him and has carried him on his journey up until that point. Shasta's character begins to morph into a wiser creature, now rooted in the mercy and kindness of Aslan. Having faith, myself, the meaning of these scenes is not lost on me. How often have I wondered whether God has been with me in a situation, but in hindsight it has been so abundantly clear that he has been there the whole time. Few stories are as enriching as this – this is not a children's novel; this is a novel for all ages. ( )
1 vote m-andrews | Dec 21, 2013 |
The book has lots of enjoyable moments. The characters and interactions of the two horses are fun. The punishment of Radagast is kind of useful, although I expect that he would have been assassinated by his subjects or his father fairly shortly, having been rendered so powerless by Aslan's magic.

As usual Aslan should be doing either a whole lot more, since he can do more, or a whole lot less, if he can't. Either way, he's creepy and annoying, just like C. S. Lewis's Anglican god, of which he is an allegory.

The main characters, although not English children, occasionally use English slang, while the characters who were English children seem to have forgotten it. ( )
  themulhern | Oct 13, 2013 |
Another beautiful cover. ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
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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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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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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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