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The Horse And His Boy

by C. S. Lewis
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Product Details

  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • Publishing date: 01/06/2005
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780060793302
  • ISBN: 0060793309

Synopsis

In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive.

Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost -- all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So join a wild gallop for freedom.

Performed by Alex Jennings


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  • The third delightful humorous adventure
    From Amazon

    This is the third of the seven Narnia books. The adventure occurs at the same time as book two. Shasta grew up in a land to the south of Narnia and was treated badly by a man who claimed to be his father. One day a warrior came to his "father's" house and offered to buy Shasta. Shasta's "father" told the warrior that Shasta was washed ashore in a boat, and he took him home and raised him. This was news to Shasta, who always felt that he did not belong. While the two adults were bargaining, Shasta went out and mulled over his situation while he stoked the warrior's horse. He said aloud that he wondered if the warrior would treat him well. He was surprised when the horse began to speak. The horse told Shasta that he was kidnapped from Narnia where many horses speak. He also told him that the warrior was a harsh man. And, so, the two decide to escape to Narnia. On the way they meet a girl, born in the south, Aravis. Her stepmother persuaded her father to give her in marriage to an old disfigured man. She escaped on her horse from Narnia, which could also talk. She had told her father that she wanted to go a three day distance from their city to offer sacrifices to God. (The story of Shasta's arrival at his adopted father's house is an allusion to Moses and the three day journey is reminiscent of the strategy that Moses used with Pharaoh.) The two humans and two talking horses have many adventures. They arrive in a town when a procession of human officials from Narnia was in the street. The officials grab Shasta, mistaking him for a runaway from Narnia named Corin. Shasta meets a faun and the one of the two kings and one of the two queens that we met in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as dwarfs, people and animals he had never seen or thought of before. They looked at him closely and were sure that he was Corin. Shasta hears that the people of this land will not let the Narnia delegation leave unless the smaller nation of Narnia marries Queen Susan to their prince. He also hears that Susan does not want the match. Can Susan and her delegation escape? How will they do it? Who is Corin? Why didn't the Narnians see that he was not Corin? What adventures did Corin have? Where were Aravis and the two talking horses? Will Aravis' father find her and force her to marry? Will Shasta be saved? Will he find his real parents? Would they like him? Would he like them? What part will the two kings and two queens play in all of this? The rest of the tale answers these questions and many more in an exciting and frequently humorous fashion.

  • Shasta the Trisroc(may he live forever) and our Narnia friends
    From Amazon

    I enjoyed this book for its humor. The talking horses here remind me of Mr. Ed. -full of droll comments and convinced they are smarter than their owners. Mr. Lewis expands the credibility of his fantasylands with his descriptions of Calormen, the city of Tashbaan and it's intriguing ruler The Trisroc (may he live forever). Calormen reminds me of 19th Century India which is not surprising since Lewis, an Englishmen, lived during the period when India was still part of the British Empire. As an adult reader I was amazed that the author would employ so many implausible coincidences to propel the plot. Whenever Shasta or Aravis found themselves with their backs up against the wall, well, time for another miracle. Certainly Lewis wrote these books for children and as an allegory for Christianity so in that context his plot convolutions are appropriate.

  • An excelent story
    From Amazon

    With "The Horse and His Boy," Lewis introduces a new scenario that deals only with happenings in Narnia, unlike "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." In this story, the focus is on a young boy named Shasta who lives in a country neighboring Narnia. When a rich Tarkaan comes to Shasta's village, Shasta learns that the horse he rides on is an enslaved Narnian horse--one that can talk. The horse and the boy both hate the situations they are in so they decide to escape. Upon doing so, they encounter many adventures, and eventually encounter the original siblings (Peter, Edmund, Lucy, Susan) from the first book, who are in the height of their reign in this time setting. Further on, the horse and Shasta meet Aslan, and discover Shasta's true identity, as royalty. "The Horse and His Boy" is unlike many of the other books because it focuses on the time period when Peter and his brother and sisters are ruling Narnia. Instead of following those 4 characters, the book is in a new part of the world of Narnia and follows new characters, giving a general idea of what life in Narnia was like during Peter's reign. It is a great story for children and adults, and as with all the Narnia books, holds a spiritual message within its symbolism. As always with Lewis, it is simplistic and deep at the same time, an excellent story that everyone should read.

  • Beautiful and Touching
    From Amazon

    This is an exciting story with such a beautiful picture of the theology that Lewis held dear. This book is a masterpiece and may be the finest work in the Narnia novels. Reading this out loud to my daughter nearly brought me to tears at times. This is a great, great book.

  • Not Quite What I Expected
    From Amazon

    The Horse and His Boy is a great adventure, but is different from the other Narnian tales. Even though it is set during the time when Peter, Susan, Lucy, and Edmund is in Narnia ruling, it is not really geared towards them. The horse's name is Bree, and the boy name is Shasta. They run away from their masters to live free in the north. Shasta and Bree do have someone join them on their journey along with another talking horse, but the girl doesn't really like Shasta. Shasta proves in the end to be a braver person, a more selfless person from everyone else. I liked Shasta from the very start, and I was glad to see him become something more than he thought he was. This is a book of travel and adventure, much like most of the Narnia books. It is good to read about familiar characters. It's like you feel connected to them because you read about them in other books. Another C.S. Lewis book I immensely enjoyed. Thanks.

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