There Are No Cruel Narnians

What The Horse and His Boy Can Tell Us About Racism, Cultural Superiority, Beauty Standards, and Inclusiveness The Chronicles of Narnia has legions of fans around the world. According to journalist and novelist Lev Grossman, the much-beloved series published in the 1950s split the atom on the modern fantasy novel. But as our society becomes more aware…

The Great Narnia Re-read of 2019: “The Magician’s Nephew”

I told you before that I really like apocalypses. But I’m not a monster. I like creation stories too. Especially when they are as well-told as The Magician’s Nephew. A well-told tale From a technical storytelling perspective, The Magician’s Nephew is, in my opinion, the best written of the Narniad. (Narniad: a term I learned…

The Great Narnia Re-read of 2019: “Prince Caspian”

Of all the Chronicles, Prince Caspian turned out to be the one I’d most forgotten. Possibly because I love the 2011 movie so much (which brushed over a good portion of the book), large parts of it read like new to me. The movie leaves out the book’s most strident theme, which is what I…

The Great Narnia Re-read of 2019: “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”

I hope you’re the sort of person who reads the right kinds of books. If so, you’ve probably read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third-published and chronologically fifth installment of The Chronicles of Narnia. With King Caspian X setting out to find what became of the seven lords who were loyal to his…

The Great Narnia Re-read of 2019: “The Horse and His Boy”

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia

It is one thing to say that you love something. It is another to say why you love that thing. The Horse and His Boy is my favorite of the Narnia chronicles, and I was all too happy to return recently to “Narnia and Calormen and the lands in between.” (THAHB is actually the second book that I re-read, before The Last Battle, but I forgot for a minute and wrote the TLB post second.) In this post, I hope to share something of why I love this story so much and what makes this story so meaningful.

The Great Narnia Re-read of 2019: “The Last Battle”

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narnia

I love apocalypses. I love world-ending, sky-shattering, history-breaking stories. And I applaud C.S. Lewis for delivering the creation of his Narnian universe, and its end, not as tales told second-hand or as something to be puzzled out based on clues, but in actual volumes of story — something I haven’t encountered very often in other fantasy works. So let’s talk about the Narnian apocalypse, shall we?

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