Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

The Last Battle
by C.S. Lewis [j Lewis] 

Undeniably the last in the Narnia series as it’s the last published and the last chronologically. After reading it I can’t disagree; unlike some others in the series I strongly recommend you read all the others before this one. It begins in Narnia with a gorilla named Shift and a donkey named Puzzle who comes across a lion skin and Shift decides to dress Puzzle in it and pretend he’s Aslan so people will do what they say. Puzzle doesn’t like it at all but is very weak willed and goes along with it. Things get rather out of hand pretty quickly and word spreads that Aslan is back in Narnia. As he hasn’t been seen in so long others believe the clumsy disguise. The present king of Narnia, Tirian, is alerted to the situation and terrible things begin to happen. Tirian calls out for help and the two English children from the last book (The Silver Chair) arrive in Narnia to aid him in the final battle. There are more surprises and more characters from previous books that appear in the middle and end of the book that I don’t want to reveal. This book was much less subtle about religious overtones and themes than others in the series and has bittersweet ending. I feel like the whole series wraps up nicely and no one we cared for before is forgotten about, which I liked. I really recommend the book and the series if you want to read some classic fantasy stories, maybe looking for familiar tropes that originated here.

[ official The Last Battle page on the official C.S. Lewis web site ]

Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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