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Prince Caspian: Book 2 in The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia) Paperback – January 1, 1970


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collier Books; 1ST edition (1970)
  • ASIN: B000OR2WTG
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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Then the books were read by my children and grandchildren.
Margaret M. Steffen
I wonder if the screen writers even bothered to read the book or just worked from the description on the back.
bonniejo
Not quite as gripping as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but C.S. Lewis is a genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thepaxdomini on January 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Prince Caspian, or, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia (1951) is a children's fantasy novel, the second in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Here, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are drawn back to Narnia, where hundreds of years have passed, and must work to overthrow a usurper and put the rightful king on the throne.

The story itself is rather straightforward: the Pevensies are in Narnia to do a job and get out. It's all business, and the spirit of adventure the reader finds in the best books of the series is mostly absent here; it doesn't help that the story follows the same basic structure as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, only without most of that book's epic feel and emotional power. And yet the world of magical characters and Lewis's own wit and sprinkling of profound Christian principles carry the story and make it an enjoyable read in spite of its flaws.

A prominent theme in Prince Caspian is the virtue of faith and belief; some of the children experience degrees of doubt in Aslan, and many of the Narnians have lost faith in him altogether. Other themes include chivalry and, as is always the case with Aslan, grace.

Prince Caspian suffers from some storytelling issues. The novel starts with the Pevensie children, follows them briefly, and then jumps to Prince Caspian's backstory, which takes up nearly half the novel. When the story returns to the Pevensies, they spend most of their time doing little more trudging through the woods. Prince Caspian almost certainly would have worked better if Lewis had written the whole thing from the point of view of Caspian himself (along the lines of what he did with Tirian in The Last Battle), although this would only further highlight the fact that the Pevensies have very little to do throughout most of the novel (and half of what they do is squabble).

On the whole, Prince Caspian is probably the weakest book in the Chronicles of Narnia, but even so, it's still worthwhile.
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Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie are all waiting for the train to return to school when something unexpected happens. One minute they are on the platform, the next they are in Narnia. Though they've only been away from Narnia a year in our world, it appears much more time has passed in Narnia. The children aren't quite sure where they've been whisked away to. They finally come upon a place to shelter in a ruined building and, though it doesn't look familiar at first, they start to feel rather like they've been there before. The placement of the well and the layout of the rooms finally gets them to thinking this must be Cair Paravel, their old home when they were kings and queens of Narnia. Though, for this much ruin to have taken place, it has to have been hundreds of years since they were last here.

Prince Caspian is told by his nurse stories of an old Narnia where there are talking beasts and Aslan is the high king. Miraz, Caspian's uncle, hears of this and quickly gets rid of the nurse and hires a tutor for Caspian. Miraz does not want anyone discussing the old Narnia; he likes it much better the way it is now with him as the ruler of Narnia. The new tutor teaches Caspian and helps him escape when it is learned that Caspian is to be killed so he will not take his rightful place as King of Narnia. Caspian flees his home and soon comes upon an unlikely group of animals; they are talking beasts. Trufflehunter (a badger) and Trumpkin (a red dwarf) turn out to be Caspian's strongest allies and assist him on his journey to evade Miraz's army. With the assistance of the talking beasts and the Pevensie's, Caspian must fight to take his rightful place in Narnia.

This installment of the Narnia series brought back more of the wonder that I was longing for and missed in The Horse and His Boy. I liked meeting the new characters in this book. Caspian is someone you can root for and I liked Reepicheep, the brave mouse.
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In the sequel to "The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe", a group of humans (Telmarines) has conquered Narnia, and the essence of the plot is the struggle of good Prince Caspian against his wicked uncle, the King Miraz. The children are summoned back to Narnia to help the good Prince. C.S. Lewis is not my favorite author, but his fiction is fairly good for its simple, light style. Very readable for kids, still light entertainment for adults, there are a few points of subtle commentary on human nature that make it still engaging reading.
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Somehow a grandchild must have borrowed this book and failed to return it. It had to be replaced so the set will be complete when it's time for the great grands to begin the series. I first used the series when I was a fifth grade teacher of religious education. Oh, the wonderful discussions we had. Then the books were read by my children and grandchildren.
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By bonniejo on March 2, 2013
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this whole series is the best ever, I have been reading it since my cousin handed me the first book when I was 12 and bored out of my mind. I mean that literally, I read it at least once every year. I was really disappointed that Hollywood felt the need to change the stories so drastically, I would not have recognized "Voyage of the Dawn Treader", if Edmond and Lucy had not been named. They changed all the movies but #3 was the worst. This series is so captivating and thrilling that no changes are really necessary. I wonder if the screen writers even bothered to read the book or just worked from the description on the back.
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