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The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" ~ C.S. Lewis ~ 1976 Paperback Edition ~ Paperback – 1976

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Collier Books; 16th edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0013K2IQA
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) is a children's fantasy novel, the third in C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia. Here, Edmund and Lucy, along with their insufferable cousin Eustace, are pulled into Narnia to aid Caspian in his search for seven missing Narnian lords.

There isn't much of an overarching plot here as there are in Lewis's prior novels; it's much more episodic, as the Dawn Treader sails to one island after another, and to one adventure after another. And this is why the novel works so well: Lewis has given himself complete narrative freedom to do whatever he wants, and he uses the full measure of his wondrous imagination. The unexpected is here in a way unlike the previous stories, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has throughout it the full and free spirit of fantasy adventure.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a more charming read than either of Lewis's previous books in the series, and the primary reason is that Lewis, as narrator, has gotten himself rather more playfully involved, making humorous observations here and witty comments there, in a way reminiscent of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Lewis's characters' dialogue is also sharp and clever, certainly more so than in previous books. My general impression is that with this book, Lewis really got a handle on his Narnian storytelling.

As is usual for him, Lewis has a number of moral themes at work here: most obviously, he addresses greed on a number of occasions - greed for wealth, for status, and for beauty. Through Eustace, Lewis extols the virtues of being well-mannered and considerate of others, but he also attacks the notion that "modern values" are inherently superior.
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Lucy and Edmund are staying with relatives and are cooped up with their annoying cousin Eustace. Eustace doesn't particularly like his cousins and enjoys making fun of them, especially for all their make believe talk of traveling to another world and being kings and queens of a place called Narnia. Lucy and Edmund dislike Eustace just as much as he dislikes them. While in one of their typical arguments in the spare bedroom, Lucy notices something odd about the painting with the ship. It looks as though the waves are moving and the ship is coming straight out of the painting. Eustace goes to investigate before Lucy and Edmund can warn him about the dangers of magic. All three are soon found to be small enough to climb onto the edge of the painting. They all fall into the painting and find themselves in the sea. They soon find themselves being rescued and brought aboard a boat (the Dawn Treader) by none other than King Caspian. Caspian fills them in on what has occurred while they were away and tells them of the voyage they have just stumbled upon. While his uncle Miraz was ruler, he forced many lords to sail away and never return, as Caspian is now King, he has vowed to voyage and find what has happened to these men.

They set sail on a grand adventure and find many mysterious things along the way. They sail to the lone islands and discover an island where there is a dragon. One with invisible beings and a magician. One where dreams become reality. And past all of these, they journey to the end of the world.

While I don't want to go into all the details of each adventure and spoil the fun of reading this book, I will say that part of the fun was that each island had its own unique perils and adventures. It was fun jumping from one activity to another.
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The final adventure of the Pevensies Edmund and Lucy the first of Eustace Scrubb has come.This thrilling novel recently made into a movie. The book's storyline is based on the quest to find seven Telmarine lords. The seven Telmarine lords were close to King Caspian's father fled east years ago when Caspian's uncle Miraz was in the position of king. In Miraz's rein he was eliminating anyone close to Caspian and his family. Mysteriously after one year in England Edmund and Lucy along with their cousin Eustace come to Narnia to find only three years have passed in Narnia. They must all now embark on a journey to find the lords and hopefully find the end of the world and Aslan's country.
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"There was once a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. He didn't call his Father and Mother "Father" and "Mother", but Harold and Alberta. They [his family] were very up-to-date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and tee-totallers, and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on beds and the windows were always open."

-CS Lewis `The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'

There are several people that are all too familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia, and hold each installment in the masterpiece as a work dear to their hearts. (This of course excludes the movies. No comment will be made about them) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is certainly no exception and is one of the greatest works of one of the greatest minds.

Lucy, Edmund, and their terrible cousin Eustace, are magically pulled into a painitng and into the seas of Narnia and are pulled aboard a beautiful ship to meet their old friends: Caspian, King of Narnia, and Reepicheep, a fearless warrior mouse. The tale is filled with encounters with evil slave traders, dragons, any mysterious spellbinding islands. Through his captivating prose, and lovable characters, Lewis educates us with profound spiritual truths while still keeping the reader enthralled in a playful, exciting state throughout the entire mystical adventure.

I read the chronicles of Narnia, before I was a Christian, and I enjoyed them thoroughly, but after becoming a follower of Christ, the pages came to life. They were more than just great storytelling. `The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,' more than any other book has the ability to beautifully blend the power of emotion with the truth of theology.
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