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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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Shasta, a youth growing up in Calormen as the son of a poor fisherman, has always longed to know about the Northern countries. The fisherman, Arsheesh, can really tell him nothing but when a rich Tarkaan offers to buy Shasta as a slave and the boy learns he's not actually the fisherman's son he decides to run away. The Tarkaan's horse, who turns out to be a Talking Horse from Narnia, offers to teach Shasta to ride and take him away to the free lands of the North.

This is one of two of the Chronicles of Narnia to be set entirely in that world, and the only one in which the main characters are entirely of that world and only secondary characters ones you would recognize from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As such, it's not a good entry point into the series. It is, however, one of the most adventurous following Shasta and his companions - for he's soon joined by another pair of runaways - as they journey to Narnia. Sometimes when I was a child I even named it as my favorite, though with an adult's eyes I can note every trope. Despite all its shortcomings, it's still a sentimental favorite reread. ( )
  bell7 | Jun 21, 2016 |
A fun romp around the less known parts of Narnia! ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |

This time around it surrounds a young boy and his horse in a heroic type, rags to riches tale. The adventure element was high as the child tries to escape being sold to a cruel master and travels to Narnia with a talking horse, Bree. Along the way they meet a girl who is also escaping, although she's privileged and leaving for a much different reason, with her talking horse as well. Each character has their own personal reason to get to Narnia, all escaping different enemies, each with their unique character flaw to transform. It's similar to a medieval fairytale romance set in a royal time.

The characterization in this one helped make the story the success it was. While it was a good story, there was additional charm with the players. I loved the horses and their conflicting personalities, adorable things. Bree is funny and far from humble, while Hwin holds a supreme gentleness and nobility. Shasta is a very likeable hero with his morals and strength, but also his insecurities, doubts, and humorous thoughts. Aslan is present again in this one, and pretty heavily. He repeats in this book several times the same he said in others - that he would only tell the person their story and not others. There was a particularly awesome scene, almost creepy with the ending whisper, on Him answering to Shasta who He was. I really loved King Lune too, he was jolly, kind hearted and hilariously well-natured.

We get to see Lucy, Edmund and Susan again. This time they are in their King and Queen station and, while it's nice to see them in their element, it doesn't really seem like them from the other stories. Could be because it's not told from their viewpoint, or else because they are only seen as royalty here. There's a fun, short cameo with Tumnus too. Their high speech again, though, argh!

There's no great, huge villain, but a series of them - from lions, slave-owners, and invading, spoiled princes. The only time the book lagged was when Susan and Edmund debated on the best action to take while still in the Prince's town. I thought that could have been shortened a little, but this didn't take from the story much.

It may seem unrealistic to have Aslan himself in so many stories, while before it made sense because of his connection to the children and them fulfilling their prophecy. Here it ends up making sense as the end reveals this is also part of another prophecy which was foretold in years past. The scene with the boat reminds me a little of the story of Moses as a baby in the basket. The ending was a surprise and I love how CS Lewis wrote it. It finished on a sweet, charming note unlike some of the others. Maybe it held less sadness because the players were already in the world they were supposed to be in and wouldn't be leaving it.

Regarding the order of the story, this is one of those that had been exchanged with another in the Publication Versus Chronological changes. A big change too, swapping from being book five to becoming book three when republished later chronologically. Besides it being during the children's reign over Narnia, there is no difference in time that would affect series reading. Still happy I stuck with the original publish sequence. As book five, it's a delight after reading the last two to revisit the world as it was with the Kings and Queens in their prime and look back on that era to see familiar faces again.

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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
The most interesting, but the most troubling because of the racism against the 'dark Calormen.' ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Number two (or three) in the Narnia-series - about a young slave boy, Shasta, who escapes from his homeland with the Narnian talking horse Bree - under way they meet Aravis and her horse Whin (Aravis runs from an arranged marriage) - and when they discover that the Calormen people are about to attack Narnia they race to warn the narnians.

The setting here is a lot like the medieval faerie romance and with inspiration from Arabian Nights - a very exciting fast-paced adventure. Just wonderful.

Again - I love the way Aslan turns up from time to time to guide and comfort:

“Child,’ said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.”

Audiobook narrated by Alex Jennings. ( )
  ctpress | May 30, 2016 |
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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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C. S. Lewisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavis, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary 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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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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