- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (August 22, 2000)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002LITS66
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia) Paperback – August 22, 2000
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I'll give a quick plot synopsis of the first portion of the book. It will hold some minor spoilers so feel free to skip ~3-4 paragraphs down to get my reactions.
The story starts out focused on an Ape and a Donkey in Narnia. They find the skin of a lion (its origins are alluded to but quickly dismissed...and that part of the story still has me a little confused and troubled, especially given the direction the skin came from and the direction the characters go in the end of the book). The Ape (Shift) suddenly has a plan for grandeur. He drapes the skin over the Donkey (Puzzle) and presumes to disguise him and present him to the inhabitants of Narnia as Aslan returned. His intentions are not altogether malevolent but based more out of greed. Comparing with the Christian allegory, Shift (through Puzzle) takes a position as a sort of "False Christ" figure who leads the people through deception and subterfuge.
Shift's main intent is to have the animals gather food, clothing, supplies and riches for him but as time goes on, he finds himself making uneasy alliance with the Calormenes (people from a neighboring country to Narnia, introduced in The Horse and His Boy). It's quickly obvious that the Calormenes have their own agenda and they begin subtly using Shift and Puzzle in ways that Shift doesn't necessarily want but is powerless to stop without admitting his own mistakes.Read more ›
review by Elizabeth
This story definitely felt different than the rest. There was a lot of story in Narnia before Eustace and Jill travelled there to help out, where usually the story jumps right in with the kids traveling from our world to Narnia. The majority of the story was about a false Aslan used to get one's own way. It was also a bit on the nose about gods, false gods, and heaven for me. Not really my cup of tea. That said, I actually did enjoy the ending of Narnia. Though it was a bit sad, it felt like the story came full circle with Polly and Diggory witnessing the beginning of a new world to Eustace and Jill and the others witnessing the collapse of a dying world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was cheap but I did not receive the full color version that is pictured.Published 24 months ago by ugh
I had read this book before so I knew it was good but it came as described and came sooner than expected which was a bonus.Published on July 5, 2014 by Amanda
C.S. Lewis' series of The Chronicles of Narnia is a great series for children everywhere, and made a perfect Christmas gift.Published on December 26, 2012 by Amazon Customer
What else can I say it is C.S. Lewis at a great price. I added it to my collection for my daughter. She loved it.Published on December 19, 2012 by buyer123