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The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader' (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 5) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 369 user ratings
ISBN:0064405028
LANGUAGE:English

"#5 in The Chronicles of Narnia series and definitely my second favorite book in the series. Edmund and Lucy are staying with their uncle and aunt and horrible cousin, Eustace. The three find themselves sucked into the world of Narnia and on the boat Dawn Treader. Three years have passed since their last visit and onboard they come face to face with Prince Caspian(now the King) who is searching the islands for seven lords that the previous monarch, Caspian's uncle had banished.

I really enjoyed the magic of the story, Eustace's arc, taking him from asshole to a boy that I could actually see was starting to realize the consequences of actions. Now that I am reading the series as an adult, I do notice that C.S Lewis is great at writing boys, but wasn't so great at making his female characters appear anything other than precocious. Lucy does have some adventures of her own, but she still needs Aslan to help solve her problems. But I digress...

The book left me feeling very sad that Lucy and Edmund won't be returning, but I am glad they were given their own story.
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"My favorite Narnia book so far. Lucy, Edmund, and their cousin ("called Eustace Clarence Stubb, and he almost deserved it") get accidentally transported onto King Caspian's ship, which is starting a journey to the eastern sea. The book is mostly just little episodes where they visit different islands, all of which are very different and very interesting. As I drew closer to the end of the book, I was fully prepared to give it five stars. BUT THEN came the ending. Specifically, one thing Aslan told Lucy and Edmund. Brace for impact.

Okay Lewis. I put up with the allegory, the symbolism, your oh-so-subtle hints that these wonderful stories are actually just Christian propaganda. I tolerated it, because you kept it to the sidelines and didn’t let the allegory overwhelm the cool stories with all the magic and swords and stuff. But then you had to ruin it. Just when I’d finished a fun book about a sea voyage with almost none of your usual blatant symbolism, you dropped the bomb:
"'You are too old, children,' said Aslan, 'and you must begin to come close to your own world now.'
'It isn't Narnia, you know,' sobbed Lucy. 'It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?'
'But you shall meet me, dear one,' said Aslan.
'Are - are you there too, Sir?' said Edmund.
'I am,' said Aslan. 'But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.'"

Let me get this straight. All that amazing, magical stuff with the White Witch, the Christmas gifts, the swords and archery, Caspian, Tumnus, becoming kings and queens, Calormen, the sea voyage, REEPICHEEP… All of it was just. So the kids. Could learn. To love. Jesus.

Lewis, you manipulative SON of a BITCH.
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" There are few books that I've read that I love more than this book. However, if I had to choose a movie adaptation to punch in the face - it would be this one. " said.

"This book has what I would say is definitely one of the World's Top Five Best Opening Lines: "There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubbs, and he almost deserved it." Eustace is an awesomely bitchy character who gets satisfyingly smacked down a couple of times by Ultimate Children's Fiction Dreamboat Prince Caspian. Lucy and Edmund feature prominently, as well as an AWESOME character, Reepicheep the valiant warrior mouse. I freakin' LOVE Reepicheep. This was always my favorite of the Narnia books mostly by virtue of the fact that the whole thing takes place on a ship, and as a kid I had a major boat fixation. But as an adult, it's cool to see how the book explores some interesting theological ground in the journey these characters take as they sail towards the end of the world. You don't have to have read the whole series to enjoy this book, but you probably should read "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (Book 1) and "Prince Caspian" (Book 2) for a lot of it to make sense. " said.

"I was listening to this the other day walking down the streets of Paris when it became apparent to me that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is not only an amazing Fantasy story but also proof that even the most obnoxious and seemingly irredeemable people can still be saved and reminded of what life is all about: love, tolerance, friendship, faith, understanding, and of course adventure and discoveries. Under its veneer of simplicity, this book is all that and more. Much more. The Narnia Chronicles are timeless perfection. Nothing more, nothing less.

OLIVIER DELAYE, author of the SEBASTEN OF ATLANTIS series
The Forgotten Goddess (Sebasten of Atlantis, #1) by Olivier Delaye
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" Still isn't my favorite Narnia book, but I liked it so much better this time around. :) Narnia is just...no words describe it well enough. <3 " said.

" I love this book. It drags a tiny bit in the middle but goodness, that ending is breathtaking. I sobbed of course! Lol this one is tied for my favorite with Magicians Nephew. Now onto the final two books which I never read as a kid! Ahh " said.

"The new movie version? Well, I fell asleep halfway through, so I can't swear that I remember all of this correctly. I think that they went off in a boat to find the evil green mist that was kidnapping people in City of Lost Children.

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Then, um, Lucy was tempted to become a vampire

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but thought better of it after a conversation with Aslan, and after that there was a fight between Godzilla

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and the Dark Overlord from Howard the Duck.

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At the end, Puss in Boots from Shrek

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fell off the end of the world. Or maybe it was a mouse with a sword and not a cat. Anyway, it was sad and I cried. That's pretty much it.

I admit it doesn't quite make sense when I write it down. Maybe I should see it again.
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