The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Following Prince Caspian much more closely than it in turn followed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader follows King Caspian along with Edmund, Lucy, and new character cousin Eustance as they set out on a great voyage across the sea to find a series of Lords exiled before Caspian took the throne.

After that, the entire book basically takes the form of a series of smaller adventures, each taking a chapter or two. It reminds me a lot of Ulysses; perhaps that’s the boat connection. Each of the stories is actually pretty good (my daughter and I both particularly enjoyed the Dufflepuds. They’re just silly enough for her age group. That being said, it’s weird that the King can do something like that (leaving his kindom, potentially for years) and it means that the story doesn’t have much of an overarching plot, but it works well enough.

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Prince Caspian

Things never happen the same way twice.

It’s fascinating to read this back to back with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (as you should if you’re reading them in published order). For the children, only a year has passed, but for Narnia, it’s been far, far longer. So long, in fact, that talking animals, walking trees, and even Aslan himself are little more than myths and the Age of Man has come to a land we once knew.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I just finished reading The Boxcar Children (the first 19) to my children, so now it’s off to Narnia with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (in publication order). Oh man, we’re in for a ride.

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that > girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy > tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But > some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can > then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think > of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a > word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.

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