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The Horse and His Boy (1954)

by C. S. Lewis

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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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This is my favorite Narnia book so far (I'm reading this in publication order, so still two more books to go).

Unlike the other books, the main characters are not English children who visit Narnia, but natives of the secondary world. There is a cameo from some of the Pensieve children, in their roles as kings and queens of Narnia, and it is nice seeing them from an outside perspective.

I liked about this book how solid and standalone the story is. It's not a showcase for thinly veiled religious propaganda in the form of Aslan. That was a problem for me in the other books of the series. Aslan was too much of a deux ex machina, and the plot showcased him too much, at the expense of the storytelling. We still get Lewis' delightful storytelling style, but at the service of a better tale.

The story is an adventure with fairy tale elements, and a really solid story. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |

Once I started reading The Horse and His Boy, I got caught up by the drama of it. C.S. Lewis had a delightful writing style. ( )
  bread2u | May 15, 2024 |
Being a story within a story, this one confused me a little, until I was swept back onto my feet by the amazement and wonder of it all. ( )
  trainsparrow | Apr 29, 2024 |
[Reading in chronological order, #3]
Holy nose dive, Batman. Didn’t enjoy this at all. Partly because it’s boring. Mostly because it’s remote than a little racist. Hopefully it’s an anomaly on both accounts.

Alex Jennings narrated this in audio. ( )
  ilkjen | Apr 23, 2024 |
Coming back to this series, I'm surprised by how much I really like it. "The Horse and His Boy" is a little parable which doesn't really connect with the rest of the Narnia series, but there's something about the imagery of this duo and their cross-country travels that really appealed to me as a child. I think it's rather lovely, really. ( )
  therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
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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 editionscalculated
Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Belliti, ChiaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Georg, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammar, BirgittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helakisa, KaarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavis, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neckenauer, UllaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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