The Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 3) Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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"The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades." The Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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…See all Product Description
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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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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Another great trip to Narnia. My kids and me love it. Re-reading this now that I know so much more just made the story even better for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by K. G. A. Alavi
Thrilling, exiting and incredible are the only words I can use to describe this book. The Chronicles of Narnia re a must read!Published 6 months ago by Mutate
This is the book that I've most often heard Narnian fans say they enjoyed the least, however it was my personal favourite. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bookworminyourmidst
I am pretty fussy on audiobooks and this one gets my approval. Well read on I think 5 CDs Thoroughly enjoyed.Published 16 months ago by dreamteamgirl