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Book review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book in 6th grade, having learned that The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was not a standalone book, but part of a series. At the end of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Pevensies leave Narnia in its Golden Age, but in this book, they find that time has brought unwelcome changes to the land, and they act as catalysts for its restoration.

This book doesn't parallel any biblical stories as closely as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but C.S. Lewis still fits in many Christian lessons. Lewis teaches about blind faith when Aslan remains invisible to the Pevensies, and they must learn to trust him despite not being able to see him.

Later, when the Old Narnians find themselves in dire straights and Aslan hasn't come yet, they argue about summoning the White Witch to help them instead. Nikabrik has serious doubts about Aslan, saying, "Yes, they say [that Alsan returned from the dead], but you'll notice that we hear precious little about anything he did afterwards. He just fades out of the story. How do you explain that, if he really came to life? Isn't it much more likely that he didn't, and that the stories say nothing more about him because there was nothing more to say?" Nikabrik here represents those who doubt the historicity of the Gospels. Of course, the Old Narnians soon learn that Aslan is alive and quite close.

Near the end of the book, Aslan tells the Telmarines that, "You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve. And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth." Although humans were made in God's image, they fell into sin and corruption.

My favorite scenes
The Pevensies re-discover of Cair Paravel.
Caspian finds the Old Narnians in hiding.
Aslan makes himself visible to the Pevensies one-by-one.
The Old Narnians fight over summoning the White Witch to help them.
Aslan, Bacchus, and Silenus liberate the Narnians from their restricted, "civilized" lives.
Aslan tells the Telmarines the story of their origin.

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