Horse and His Boy
Posted by Patricia R. on August 23, 1998 at 17:13:22:
In response to The Chronicles of Narnia, written by Alexandra on August 06, 1998 at 03:54:27
] Constanza, you will love these books. Even if you look at them at face value they are magical, fantasy stories. Look deeper and you will see the Christian themes running through them (I'm still not totally convinced that most children will pick up on these).
] I can see what Linden means about some of the other themes that are bought up such as the attitude to women but I think that that can mainly be contributed to the time the books were written. You see the same sort of thing in Enid Blyton books but the Famous Five series still continue to be some of the most read children books.
] But back to Narnia. They are amazing. I read them when I was a child and then chose them as books to study at school (when I was about 16) and about a year ago I reread them. It is amazing how you notice different things at different ages. I would recommend that you read them just to see what you think about some of the contreversial themes in them!
] I have to disagree with MaryB on which order they should be read. Although this is the order in which they were written, The Magician's Nephew is the first one because it tells of the beginings of Narnia and really sets the scene for the second one The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Other than that I would agree with MaryB's order. The Horse and His Boy is a strange one because it sort of floats, not really connected but for a small part of it....it could be the 3rd one. Hmmm....I might have to check that out!
] I hope you enjoy reading these Constanza!
I like reading them in the order written. The Horse and His Boy is rather interesting. It's mentioned in The Silver Chair as the story being told before Eustace and Jill go to bed.
The Christian theme running through them is very interesting. It is enough that it can be picked up, but in the background enough that some don't even notice it.
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