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This book makes me uneasy, quite frankly.
Look, I'll give Lewis props for a rather unexpected ending to the series. It's bold, mature and the exact opposite (in some ways) of the "everyone lives" philosophy of Russell T Davies or JK Rowling. Completely destabilising Narnia is something that feels visceral to anyone who fell in love with the books as a child. And I did enjoy, somewhat, the comic allegory of the faux Aslan.
But... pardon the pun, Jesus Christ this is skeevy. For the most part, the series as Christian allegory could be wilfully ignored if you wanted to just enjoy the texture of the books and their creation of a world. Not so much here, quite frankly. Even aside from Lewis' infamous "screw you" to Susan for, you know, being interested in sex and make-up, the book is rather blatant in what it wants to push on to children.
As I mentioned in my "Silver Chair" review, I'm not inherently against this. After all, it worked for such luminaries as Dante and Evelyn Waugh. But there's a clear difference here, I feel, and - while I can still appreciate the allegory even from my anti-religious bias - this simply doesn't feel like a fitting end to the Narnia series. Instead, it feels like an overly aggressive Sunday School teacher who's tired of just sitting around and telling kind stories. I completely understand Lewis' passion, from his point of view, to try and show the true terror of losing his world to a more secular one. It's just a pity that rather than simply writing essays about the perceived problem, he had to incorporate it so thoroughly into the final book of a much beloved children's series.
In spite of my beliefs, and the fact that Philip Pullman and his ilk have eradicated our generation's need for Narnia, I still treasure these books from my childhood, and always will. It's just a pity, that's all it is.
I loved the book..a nice ending.I'm glad that finished the series.I will miss Narnia and Aslan a lot!
The Christian symbolism is clear enough, but the book can stand on its own feet as a deeply moving and hauntingly lovely story apart from the doctrinal content.
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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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This book is sad. You know what's going to happen because Lewis tells you in the first pages that it's the end of Narnia, but it's still sad. I know they technically live happily ever after, but it's heartbreaking watching Tirian and the others fight so hard and know they will lose. Also, poor Susan. She loses her family in one fell swoop and will never get to see them again, even after death, since she isn't a friend of Narnia.
For the Chronicles of Narnia as a whole, it's quite an enjoyable series. However, there are some major sexist and racist themes, some of which came from the time period in which it was written, but still are not things to be proud of. It irked me that the women were frequently kept from battles and were archers if they were included. I hated that the Calormenes were portrayed as evil, hedonistic black/brown people, with only 2 notable exceptions.
Final series favorites: Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Last Battle; The Silver Chair. ( )