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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The…

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5,… (original 1952; edition 2000)

by C. S. Lewis (Author)

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Lucy and Edmund, accompanied by their peevish cousin Eustace, sail to the land of Narnia where Eustace is temporarily transformed into a green dragon because of his selfish behavior and skepticism.
Title:The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5, Full-Color Collector's Edition) (Chronicles of Narnia, 5)
Authors:C. S. Lewis (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2000), Edition: Collectors, 256 pages
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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (1952)

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Possibly my favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia... I always loved Reepicheep and the part where Eustace turns into the dragon... ( )
  Serenity17 | Nov 5, 2022 |
So this is Lewis’ version of the tales of Sindbad or the Odyssey or Lucian's True History etc. Its a bunch of island with a different adventure on each.
In terms of plot ideas its actually not bad and pretty original at times. However it is a fairytale and by that i mean it has very little POV writing or characterization. Its the most narrator driven of any of the Narnia books in IMO.

There's a little pov from Caspian (who of course is the worst pov character anyway), about half a chapter from Eustice (despite him having the only thing close to a character arc in the novel) and one good chapter with Lucy’s pov and that's it.
This lack of character perspective of course leads to a lack of characterization and hence makes it really hard to care about anything.

This also leads to the ending feeling interminable. Overall as i said some inventive incidents, but i’ve taken off a star anyway. ( )
  wreade1872 | Jul 25, 2022 |
This is my last read of the year 2017, but I only managed to finish it now. Yay?
I liked it more than I disliked it, so that's a plus. On the other hand - it did not quite hold up, though it fared better than Prince Caspian.

The sea-faring journey? Yes please! Oh the wonders of the world. So many a splendour.
Lion's meddling? Could do without. Especially in such heaping doses.

Reep was honestly annoying. They should have sent him to the Dream Island in his coracle - that would have taught him a lesson or several. There exists a fine line between stupid recklessness and valiant bravery. Care to guess on which side our fellow lands?

I shall never understand the "too-old-for-Narnia" bit. He steals them, lets them make home of it - and then he dumps them back in their own world. AND he apparently expects them to get over it (without forgetting, heaven forbid!) and be content in the world that stopped being their home so many ages ago?

I wonder what the Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea has to say to this offspring of his?
And DO please remember that any and all worlds are essentially EMPEROR's, not Aslan's. Even and especially the heavenly Narnia bits.

And Ramandu's daughter is a whole separate story. Just WHY does she not deserve a name? She is about to go down in history of Narnia by being both mother and grandmother of GOOD KINGS (as per Lewis's words, mind you!). And she does not get a name to call her own? Yeah, NO. Shame on you, Lewis.

To sum up, I can honestly say the book is a mixed bag. The good with the bad.
And there is fair number of adventure books both more interesting and better written, and with a lot less theology. I can wholeheartedly urge you to try and and find something else.

  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
The quintessential adventure story. Exploring the great unknown, with nothing but wits and courage and brotherhood. Finding all sorts of exotic and fantastic places that set the imagination on fire. Exploring not only unknown locales, but also unknown parts of ourselves. Testing our mettle against whatever may come.

This book promotes courage, honesty, loyalty, kindness, and forgiveness. I recommend it to everyone. ( )
  Michael_J | Jun 2, 2022 |
Very fun book in the Chronicles of Narnia! Exciting and wonderful! Go read the full series, my friend, and you won't regret it! ( )
  MollyGroff | May 23, 2022 |
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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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Baynes, PaulineCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
Der var en dreng, der hed To Eustace Clarence Scrubb, og han havde næsten fortjent det. Hans forældre kaldte ham Eustace Clarence, og lærerne kaldte ham Scrubb. Jeg kan ikke fortælle dig, hvad hans venner kaldte ham, for han havde ingen.
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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Unabridged. Please do NOT combine with any abridged editions.
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Lucy and Edmund, accompanied by their peevish cousin Eustace, sail to the land of Narnia where Eustace is temporarily transformed into a green dragon because of his selfish behavior and skepticism.

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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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