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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (paper-over-board) (Narnia) (original 1952; edition 2006)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (paper-over-board) (Narnia)
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:HarperCollins (2006), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Children: 9-12

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (1952)

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An interesting story (I'll have to add a full review later) ( )
  Shadow494 | Jun 20, 2016 |

*Note* - I read these in the original order, and how CS Lewis wrote them/ published - so this is the third book in the series, not the fifth, for me. That can make a difference in enjoyment level and reviews. *End Note*

4.5 stars

This one was almost as good as the other two - in some ways actually better since it delved into more varieties of magic and self-exploration. It's a completely different kind of story - on a ship they are on a voyage to find seven lost men, and along the way discover islands and reach the end of the world. Apparently Narnia is flat and not round as our world is. It sounds a bit childish and silly perhaps, but it's anything but. Each island held it's own element of surprise - sometimes joy and sublime self-exploration, sometimes horrifying and dangerous discovery. Whichever it ended up being, I was captivated by their experiences.

Lucy is a doll again. She's the only female on the ship and she adds a calming reassurance. Her fascination and adoration with Aslan continued. Edmund again just blends into the background too much. They have their cousin with them this time, who starts out obnoxiously spoiled, but he himself has an awesome island adventure which seeks to transform him. Caspian is again a likeable sort, and as before the head mouse is a delight to read, adding colorful flavor.

I do wonder when they head back home, are they going to avoid the same route so they don't have to go through the Darkness again? I know I would avoid if I could.

Pacing wasn't top notch and a few chapters were devoted to certain islands, while others were briefer and had one. It was like a series of short stories in one novel. The leadup to the different explorations was slightly long-winded but once the wind caught in the sail it took off nicely.

The ending especially haunts. It was beautiful, dream-like, surreal. So far the Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe held the greatest villain, Prince Caspian the greater individual battles, and this one the best ending. As with the last book it left me a bit depressed. The wrap up was bittersweet and sad but beautiful at the same time. Sort of an accepting peace kind of thing. The Christian element of Aslan was even clearer here if you had doubts before (although it'd be pretty hard to even before reading the end of this one.) Beautiful words were said.

I'm looking forward to the next book but it's with a heavy heart too. I'll miss the main characters I've grown attached to as they explore the lands and have their journeys. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
2003, Harper Collins Publishers, Read by Derek Jacobi

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie are staying with their irritating, ill-mannered, bookish cousin Eustace Scrubb, when the three of them are transported into a painting of a ship on the ocean. The children are rescued by Caspian, the captain of the Dawn Treader, who is on a voyage to rescue the seven Lords of Narnia whom his uncle Miraz banished. Caspian invites the children along – and what a voyage it is! – a magical pond, a monstrous sea serpent, one-footed Dufflepuds, seahorses large enough to ride, and more!

It is revealed at the conclusion of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader that Lucy and Edmund will not be returning to Narnia. Lucy asks Aslan whether Eustace, who has become much better tempered over the course of the voyage, might return, but she is reminded that we can only know our own stories.

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Reepicheep continues to rule! And he plays a much more substantial (and dramatic and entertaining) role here than in Prince Caspian.

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1 vote lit_chick | Jun 13, 2016 |
While C. S. Lewis looked to Arabian Nights for the story of [The Boy and His Horse], he draws inspiration from Homer’s Odysseus in [The Voyage of the Dawn Treader].

It’s a very episodic book that jumps from island to island in search of the seven missing lords - and while Odysseus travels to the end of the earth and finds the underworld, Prince Caspian and his team travels to the ends of the world and finds heaven. And Reepicheep has to take the last journey alone - bravely sailing into the unknown with a confident heart. One of the great moments in the Narnian Chronicles.

These books are primarily written for children, and I think they will have a great time with all the strange events and strange creatures they encounter. ( )
1 vote ctpress | Jun 12, 2016 |
I didn't think this story was that great and honestly liked the movie better. It seemed like a "filler" book that was written just because. It doesn't really contribute anything to the series. ( )
  Krild13 | Jun 10, 2016 |
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As in many other of Mr. Lewis' books, one finds a strong poetic sense and awareness of the loveliness and mystery of a universe which cannot be wholly grasped by common sense.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, Chad Walsh (pay site) (Nov 16, 1952)

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There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
And then all the schoolboys joined in because they also liked processions and felt that the more noise and disturbance there was the less likely they would be to have any school that morning.
What awaited them on this island was going to concern Eustace more than anyone else, but it cannot be told in his words because after September 11 he forgot about keeping his diary for a long time.
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Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures include being captured by slave traders, a much-too-close encounter with a dragon, and visits to many enchanted islands, including the place where dreams come true.
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Book 3 in the Chronicles of Narnia.

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Lucy, Edmund, and their peevish cousin Eustace travel with Prince Caspian aboard his ship, the Dawn Treader.

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