Bah. No…no journal excerpts to-day. Instead, I review another book. Then I post said review and move on to collect information for use at a later time. Like, next week.
Might not post tomorrow. Don’t know.
by C.S. Lewis
Narnia is a magical land, populated by talking animals and mythical creatures. Although this world is set apart from our own, it sometimes gets visitors in the form of small English children. You may even have heard of the four Pevensie children, Lucy, Susan, Edmund, and Peter, who came to Narnia through an old, magical wardrobe, and how, with the help of the Lion, they defeated the White Witch.
This story is about the children’s second visit in Narnia, when the land is overrun by the Telmarines, an unimaginative race of men who have claimed Narnia as their own and forced the talking animals and mythical creatures into hiding…
I know I saw this movie in theatres with my youngest sister, but for the life of me I can’t remember much of it. As far as the book is concerned, I still liked The Horse and His Boy more, but this one is still better than The Magician’s Nephew or The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
I thought there were some really interesting creatures and characters introduced in this story, but most of them are secondary characters that I don’t believe were in the movie at all. And I’m sorry to say, but I was really not as taken with Reepicheep as some people seem to be.
I have a bit of trouble remembering the movie version of events, but somehow I think that the fight between Miraz and Peter was far less dramatic in the book, and I seem to have a vague recollection that it was actually Caspian that fought Miraz in the movie. Something to that effect…I obviously need to watch it again sometime.
Anyway, the narrative was still pretty good, but I was dissatisfied with the action. It just wasn’t that exciting, you know? And there were plot-holes that I didn’t like. For instance, why didn’t Nikabrik’s people mutiny after the fight in Aslan’s How? I’m stumped by that. And if the forest beasts supposedly don’t forget, why do the mice not remember when they first began to talk?
At least these are nothing compared to the plot holes between the first two books in the series…
Anyway, like I said, there were some minor characters that I was really fascinated by, so I suppose I ought to mention them before I end this review.
At one point, a dwarf brings a hag and a wer-wolf to talk to Caspian, and they don’t get very far with their plan, but the wer-wolf had a really interesting way of describing himself when Caspian asked who he was. I’d have liked to hear more from the werewolf, because he struck me as being even more sincerely evil than the White Witch had been. The Witch had been evil because she was selfish, but the wer-wolf didn’t seem like he had a character flaw that grew into evil…he simply was evil and didn’t care one way or another about who it was directed at.
I was also astonished that Bacchus (Dionysus) appeared in this story with the Maenads. I mean…seriously? If you don’t know the myths about that character, I suppose it’s easy to imagine just a wild-looking boy with a troupe of wild-looking girls, wandering around Narnia, dancing while food and wine and vines spring up in their wake. That’s all fine and good…but the murderous and seductive aspects of this god are very much muted when Lewis adds him as a character. The most we hear about it is when Susan and Lucy mention that they wouldn’t feel safe around him without Aslan…and, looking back to my review of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, I think they were quite right to feel that way.
Anyway, like I’ve said, there were some interesting bits in this story, and it wasn’t nearly as dull as the first two in the series, even if it did deal quite a bit with our young English friends.