Thursday, February 3, 2011

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

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
Series: Chronicles of Narnia, #4
Published: October 15, 1951
Publisher: HarperTrophy
(240 pages, paperback)
Summary: A prince fights for his crown.
Narnia... where animals talk... and trees walk... where a battle is about to begin.
A prince denied his rightful throne gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.
My thoughts: Of all the Narnia novels, Prince Caspian is my favorite. It's a classic battle of right versus wrong filled with imaginative ideas and amazing imagery. I love Caspian and of course the Pevensies are still some of the most original, well-written fairy-tale characters. The story line is intriguing and fast-paced with great symbolism and metaphors.
Each one of the children maintains their own personalities and characteristics. Since I've re-read this series a few times since actual childhood, I've grown to feel close to them (as I'm sure a lot of readers of the series have) making the story all that much more lifelike and entertaining. I love the simplistic way Lewis writes and the childlike manner of Narnia and its magic make the story a fantasy that's both innocent and eye-opening.
From the talking animals who range from sweet and honest to plain-old evil, the story is unforgettable and er, classic. Everyone can enjoy an old-fashioned good versus evil scenario and Prince Caspian is it, with some more added metaphors and similes to make the read enjoyable and intelligent for older readers. It's hard to review a classic, since it's, well, classic, so I'll just leave it at every serious book-reader needs to read Prince Caspian and the entire Narnia chronicles because of the magnificent stories and honest-to-God fairy-tale manner. They're the perfect light, fun read and the perfect introduction to fiction for children. Especially Prince Caspian, in my opinion.
Overall Rating: 5 stars

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