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The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3) Paperback – 1 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (1 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006716784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006716785
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades." The Times

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'The Narnia Chronicles, first published in 1950, have been and remain some of the most enduring popular ever published.The best known, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, has been translated into 29 languages! The illustrations in this book have been coloured by the original artist, Pauline Baynes.'

"How ever did you learn to talk?" asked Shasta in amazement.

"Where I come from, nearly all the animals talk," replied the Horse. "The happy land of Narnia." His whinny sounded very like a sigh.

Bree the horse has been kidnapped from Narnia and longs to return there. Shasta, on the verge of being sold into slavery, decides to run away with him in search of the home he's always dreamed of. But the journey is full of surprises and fraught with dangers, and when the companions uncover a treasonous plot, it also becomes a race against time…

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Young Shasta grew up in Calormen, but always felt a drawing towards the north. When a nobleman rides up one day, and begins negotiating with Shasta's father to buy him, he learns that he is really a foundling from Narnia. Shasta wants to escape, and opportunity presents itself, when the nobleman's horse begins to talk to him! It seems that Bree was also stolen away from Narnia, so the two form an alliance and head north. But there are many adventures and surprises along the way. Plus, it seems that somebody has their eye on Shasta!
I love this book! I gather that there is some disagreement as to the order in which you should read the Chronicles of Narnia, but this one is well placed at #3, falling as it does during the later stages of the High-Kingship of Peter. This book has a wonderful Arabian Nights feel to most of it, and it is filled with adventure and suspense. I enjoyed reading this book to my children, and they enjoyed hearing it. We all recommend this book to you!
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I remember this book being the worst book of all the Narina books when I read them at the age of twelve but re reading it makes all the difference. The book was both interesting and the characters were very captivating I think that its one definitely for the older reader rather than the younger readers because the magic of Narnia is captured in a different and unique way which it is not in the others book. I would question the portrayals from the book a little bit but it's not racist rather it has a subtle dig at some non - Christians but it does not in anyway flood the book with them. It is all in all a good book which I would highly recommend it.
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By RR Waller TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2011
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SAFE READING - NO SPOILERS

Little needs to be said about the book except that, in this audiobook, it is unabridged. (Choose carefully to avoid the abridged versions if you want the complete Lewis!)

Bought for the grand-children (too young yet but they do a lot of car-travel), it is well produced, read well and a good companion to the book. I now have the whole series.

I enjoyed it too!
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This book is a classic. In it Lewis clearly but subtly exposes many of the characteristics of human nature. Although Children's literature, it is well worth the read for any adult, for there are many points that the children merely find interestnig, which the adults are able to see the deeper meaning in.
However, it is Christian. One should read that forewarned. It presupposes many of the things in the Christian world view. Included in this is the fact that some societies are evil and have barbaric practices. It is NOT however racist. Anyone who believes that it is racist has a rather shallow understanding if literature. First the heroine is of dark skin. Second, the animals of all different types are cooperating with the good humans. It is the good who cooperate against the bad.
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I am reading these books in published order so this was the fifth book I read in the series. This is the first book that I have read in my reading order were I have had to think back to previous happenings in the earlier books. Things in this book happened after Prince Caspian. However I didn't get confused or mixed up between the two and it was easy to read still. I actually enjoyed thinking back to previous books and linking a few things up. Like that Peter is mentioned in the books only in conversation not as himself because he is away fighting the giants.
I really enjoyed this book just as much as the others and can't wait to read the next, which is the magicians nephew. The first book to read in the other rather than published!! Was a brilliant adventure and was a bit of everything in it.
Please read. Thank you C.S Lewis!
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This is the third book in the Narnia series - if read in chronological order. This is a fun children's book that takes us back to the wonderful land of Narnia. Peter is still on the throne and Aslan is around. Shasta is an orphan, running away from a fisherman's life, helped by Bree, a horse from Narnia, also running away. On their adventures they are pushed together with Aravis and her horse and they see all types of adventure on their bid to get to Narnia - including lions, deserts and war.

I really enjoyed this book. Lewis is a great writer, engaging his audience. This is a book primarily aimed at children, and it is easy to see why they are popular, however as an adult I also enjoyed this book, and recommend it to adults too.

The characters were great. Aslan is still based loosely on God and this could be seen through the way he guided the children and his other actions. He is still my favourite character, however I loved Aravis, a strong willed girl who took no nonsense and Shasta as he grew up and became noble.

The whole book was engaging and fun. It was exciting and easy to get into. Short and sweet, a book well worth reading.

8/10
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I enjoyed the Narnia Chronicles as a child many, many years ago, and still find the series as magical today. I revisited the first two books in the series (at least in the order that Harper Collins recommends) and only picked up this third book.

For readers who have already read the two books, especially "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (arguably the most popular of the series), they would already have been familiar with how the four Pevensie children stumbled into Narnia through an old Wardrobe in the English countryside during the Blitz of WWII, discovering their destinies as the rightful Kings and Queens of Narnia, after overthrowing the White Witch, who had been keeping the free creatures under her oppressive rule.

While in that book, the real world connects with Narnia, in "The Horse and His Boy", the Lewis sets his story squarely in the fantasy universe. It centres on Shasta, an adopted son/slave of a fisherman from Calormen, one of the neighbouring lands of Narnia, who escapes with a talking horse in search of the free land of Narnia, when he discovers he was about to be sold to a Calormene nobleman. In their journey, they come across a young Calormene aristocrat Aravis, who was also escaping on her mare from an arranged marriage.

Without being preachy, Lewis doles out nuggets of wisdom about pride, courage, and what it means to be a friend. When Bree feels discouraged about entering Narnia, an old hermit who helps them escape their enemies tells him: "Of course you were braver and cleverer than (the rest of the regular horses). You could hardly help being that. It doesn't follow that you'll be anyone very special in Narnia.
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