Book Review: Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis {rewrite}

08 February 2012

I'm not even going to mention how long ago 'twas that I wrote my review for The Horse and His Boy . . . :P

Let it be firmly stated right here and right now that my opinions on this book and the movie of the same name are two very different things. The book is just as amazing as the rest in Lewis' series. The movie . . . is a different story. It's a relatively good movie, I think, but as far as a book adaption goes, I do have my complaints. But those belong in a movie review post. :) 

Prince Caspian
By C.S. Lewis
*Summary taken from the back of the book.

NARNIA . . . the land between the lamp-post and the castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen . . . and where the adventure begins

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia--the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed. 

My Thoughts: LWW was the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series that I read, and after that, it was only natural to go on to PC. The Horse and His Boy did not appeal to me at the time, since I was too consumed with the Pevensies and could think of nothing but them and their adventures. I think that's also why the movie makers made Prince Caspian right after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe because it just makes more sense. 

This is a new Narnia we're seeing, a Narnia inhabited by the Telmarines. They have taken over, and the talking beasts of old have either returned to their dumb ways or gone into hiding. And that is why the Pevensies are needed. I love how C.S. Lewis manages to create a completely new plot (this time it's human Telmarine men they're battling, not mythical creatures) and yet not lose our interest in the Narnia of old. When I first read Prince Caspian, I thought, "What's happened to Narnia?!" Everything was so much harsher, so much more bitter than before. But that only furthered my resolve to see Narnia returned to what it once was . . . and Prince Caspian did not disappoint. 

Pros: Strength of character, loyalty, and bravery are all praised. Right and wrong are shown clearly. Caspian, Trufflehunter, and Doctor Cornelius are tempted in one part, but they do not give in. Lucy also  learns a very valuable lesson that teaches her that what is right is not necessarily what everyone else is doing, and sometimes we as Christians need to stand alone in order to follow God. It isn't easy or comfortable, but it's what we need to do. 

Cons: Some battle scenes, but not too much blood. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

A Bit O' Reading for the Day: 
“To know that would have happened, child? No. Nobody is ever told that. But anyone can find out what will happen. If you go back to the others now, and wake them up; and tell that you have seen me again; and that you mst all get up at once and follow me—what will happen? There is only one way of finding out.” –Aslan in Prince Caspian

Blessings on your Wednesday, dear ladies!

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7 epistles:

  1. This was one of my favorite books in the series, I loved the action and fantasy especially the part with the stars ! As a child with a huge imagination that one gave me hours of great enjoyment, I loved your review blessings
    Rachel Hope

  2. i LOVE this book. i read it ages ago, so when i saw the movie i thought it was really really good. i forgot whatever it may have left out. ; )

  3. Great review, Elizabeth! I love Prince Caspian very much, and the story has really a lot of wonderful messages in it. Honestly I found the book to be one of the more hard-going of the 7 Narnia books to read and it dragged in some bits, especially in the part when Caspian went to live with the Narnians. Personally I enjoyed the film a lot more in almost everything (except I wanted Aslan to come in more like in the book, and I wasn't so sure I liked the tensions between Peter and Caspian a whole lot)but beside that I felt the film was more captivating and really kept the inspiring themes. But of course, there couldn't have been the film without the book, for which I'm really really grateful to C.S. Lewis!!!

    I'd love to read a review of your idea of Prince Caspian film sometime... that would be interesting.

    In His love,
    ~Joy @

  4. Am I allowed to say this was my least favorite of the series? ;) It as just...too slow or something. Capsian's character was much better developed in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...he was much more manly and rounded. The Horse and His Boy and The Silver Chair were my favoritest. :)

    1. I partly agree with you. :P Voyage of the Dawn Treader was a better read all around, I thought; I loved the many places they visited, Eustace and his nonsensical moments, all of it. About HHB . . . definitely! Probably my favorite book in the whole series ♥ (well, tied with LWW and VDT). SC was an interesting reading, but to be honest, it *did* make me feel rather claustrophobic at times . . . and I also don't think Jill and Eustace are as endearing as Aravis and Shasta or the Pevensies.

      Thanks for commenting, dear! :)

      Elizabeth Rose

  5. Ok, ok...partly agree is good. ;) To quickly sum up the main human characters: I loved the older Caspian; his son Rillian and great-great-great-whatever grandson Tirian were very heroic; Peter was adorable and I can't say how much I want to hug Lucy. Susan was so-so along with Edmund. Eustace turned out to be nice but boring, and Jill...I sort of liked her bratty ways. Arvis was my least favorite of the girl characters--sorry. ;) Shasta was interesting...not my favorite, but interesting. And of course I could get into all the others, but this is already nonsensical. Anyhow--The Silver Chair had that great fairy tale feel with an awesome message; it was a bit darker and intense. I've heard a lot of people say they don't like HHB...can't imagine why--it was so colorful and action packed (without all the battle scenes.) Had a totally different feel then the rest of the series.

    Ok, that was a long, silly comment, but fun anyway. ;) I love your blog, girl! Hoping to take your sister up on designing a new template for me!

  6. Oh! I found 'The Horse and his Boy' just great :D PC happens to be the once I like the least :) opinions vary I suppose :D


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