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The Last Battle (narnia)

by C. S. Lewis
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Product Details

  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publishing date: 08/07/1994
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780060234935
  • ISBN: 0060234938

Synopsis

The last battle is the greatest of all battles, and the final ending the most magnificent of all endings in this, the last book of C.S. Lewis's timeless series, The Chronicles of Narnia.

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  • Unfortunately, the last delightful tale of Narnia
    From Amazon

    The Last Battle is the final volume of the seven books of The Chronicles of Narnia. It tells the tale of a self-centered and old, but clever ape that was very evil and a donkey that was profoundly stupid and did everything the ape told him to do One day the ape found a lion skin, sewed it up and dressed the donkey in the skin, so that he looked like Aslan, the noble lion, the founder and protector, the god-figure of Narnia. The ape gathered the Narnian beings, animals who talk, as well as Calormene, dark skinned beings from another land. He enslaved the Narnians to the Calormene and forced the Narnians to cut down the holy trees of Narnia and perform menial tasks for him, such as bringing him nuts and bananas. He claimed that he was the spokes-being of Aslan, who was the donkey in disguise, and insisted that he was more than an ape, that he was a human. (C. S. Lewis was probably having some fun here. The Calormene probably represented colored-men, as they were called in his day, blacks, who were the masters and not the slaves.) The king of Narnia, a lad between twenty and twenty five years old, heard about the cutting of the trees and rushed with his friend, a unicorn, to stop the outrage. He did not believe that Aslan could have ordered such an unholy deed. The two chance upon two Calormenes beating a Narnian and kill the Calormenes (reminiscent of the act of the biblical Moses in Egypt). Rethinking that perhaps Aslan did order the tree cuttings, they surrender to the Ape, who immediately ties the king to a tree and plans to kill him. Many adventures follow. How the king prays for the interventions of the humans from the other world, the sudden vision of the king before the previous seven visitors to Narnia, and the appearance of Eustace and Jill in Narnia. There are also three adventures of the saving of the king, the unicorn and the dwarfs. When all are freed, more boisterous adventures follow: the appearance of the god of the Calormenes, a hideous looking being; the revolt against the ape by other evil beings; the appearance of a large Calormenesian army that takes over Narnia and kills many of the king's friends, including the leaders of his army. Readers will discover if Aslan appears and if he saves the Narnians, or if this is the end of the Narnian kingdom, and why this is the last battle. Will Eustace and Jill be able to return to England? Was Alan's prediction true, that when they come they will be unable to return? The final question is, "Will the readers miss the adventures of Narnia?" The answer is an emphatic, "Yes."

  • I don't know about this
    From Amazon

    I suppose I was quite sad with the end of this book. It didn't really seem to have much purpose other than to end everthing in a most depressing way. I happen to be an atheist, but I don't mind reading literature like this if its done well, but this is not. The book just seemed kind of empty. Really nothing like the Silver Chair, which I thought was a lot of fun to read or even Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which had a very allegorical ending, but I thought it was done quite well. ***********************SPOILER***************************************** With this book, there was yet ANOTHER war, and then everything goes away. And why would you kill all but one young girl. What a terrible way to end the story. I'm really offended that there was only 1 darker skinned person who made it to Aslan's kindom. Maybe it was just the Narnia part of Aslan's Kingdom and other people were allowed in the other sections. But even so you could only find one "good muslim" in all of Narnia. I'm going to give Lewis a bit of a pass because of the time this was written, but even so I doubt I would read this to my young children. Its not appropriate for my children, who will be black, or any other race I think.

  • Thus, C. S. Lewis completes the cycle, from Creation to the Apocalypse.
    From Amazon

    The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 120 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes. The books contain Christian ideas made easily accessible to young readers. They are not pedantic, however, and their richness of adventure, color, and ideas have made them favorites of children and adults, Christians and non-Christians. In addition to Christian themes, Lewis also borrows characters from Greek and Roman mythology as well as traditional British and Irish fairy tales. This is the last book on every edition or collection. Completed in the spring of 1953 and published in 1956, The Last Battle chronicles the end of the world of Narnia. Jill and Eustace return to save Narnia from Shift, an ape, who tricks Puzzle, a donkey, into impersonating the lion Aslan. This problem causes a fierce battle between the Calormenes and King Tirian together with Jill, Eustace and a faithful dwarf. Thus, C. S. Lewis completes the cycle, from Creation to the Apocalypse.

  • Narnia is always worth visiting!
    From Amazon

    I'm always torn on what rating to give the Narnia books. I think if you take the series as a whole, it is - in a way - better than the individual books. I did enjoy "The Last Battle" quite a lot! And, unfortunately, took longer to read it than I would have liked (which probably didn't help the flow of it). But, for the most part the good and the critiques are the same as always. The world of Narnia is beautiful! Aslan is always magnificent! What we learn of the characters is enjoyable, and often fun, and I end up feeling like they have become friends. The premises are always intriguing and filled with "right and wrong." But, because all of this is so good, I'm left wanting more; more character development, more on the world, and the plot delved into further. The ending went on - just a tad - long, for the individual book, however if you consider it the ending for the entire series, I think it's probably pretty accurate. If you have liked the other books in the series, then I'm sure you'll want to eventually read this one! It is quite an interesting concept/plot, and the story makes some interesting points. And, of course, the world of Narnia is always worth visiting!

  • I Didn't Want It To End
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    In this last book in the Narnia Chronicles, even from the beginning, I felt this book was the end. And I really wished C.S. Lewis would have written more tales about Narnia. This book brought forth many emotions. I was angry that the monkey was making the lion suit. I was happy to see Jill be so brave and smart. I was sad to see the wood nymphs die, being chopped down. I wanted to cry when I read about who died. I felt a connection with all of the characters in some kind of way. But at the same time, I learned so many lessons. Even today, the themes in this book ring true. How some try to decieve in the name of God. How fear can grab hold of us and make us do things we don't want to do. Also, how beliefs can change from when were children to when we become adults. I think this book was wonderful along with the entire series. It was so well worth my time to sit down and read about Aslan, and who he clearly represents in my own life, and the many characters that feared him, respected, and loved him. Thanks.

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