I have finished my journey through the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia in seven days. Quite an enjoyable trip!
This was the only book I rated four stars of the series. This is not because the story isn’t as good or as well written. I rather enjoyed it! The only reason I have marked it down is because I didn’t enjoy the pessimistic view of Lewis’s eschatology. It certainly came out in this story. Of course, many are upset by his welcoming the Calormene into Aslan’s country based on his faithful service to the god Tash. I don’t really understand why Lewis would write this, but it doesn’t detract from the story. These were probably the only two bits of Lewis’s theology that I either disagreed with or didn’t understand in the whole of the series.
I did notice one other thing throughout my reading of the series. Lewis spends much more time telling the story of the adventure than he does the results of the adventure. You will find that he tends to wrap things up ever so quickly in the final pages of the books. I think Lewis most certainly feels that the greater joy is found in the adventure than it is in the conclusion.
I am now off to read my companion tour guides to Narnia, Douglas Wilson’s What I Learned in Narnia and Michael Ward’s Planet Narnia.
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