This Edition Of Lewis S Classic Fantasy Fiction Is Packaged Specifically For Adults Complementing The Look Of The Author S Non Fiction Books, And Anticipating The Forthcoming Narnia Feature Films, This Edition Contains An Exclusive PS Section About The History Of The Book, Plus A Round Up Of The First Six Titles


10 thoughts on “The Last Battle

  1. says:

    I think this is the first book I ve ever hated And that list is pretty short As a child, it really distressed me I didn t understand much of it, and it confused me why its tone was so very different from the other Narnia books Then, when I reread it a few years ago, it just pissed me off The message about religious pluralism is refreshing, sure, but the book just plain reads wrong, and I will probably never get over Lewis s treatment of Susan I guess if you don t believe in God, you deserve to lose your entire family in a train crash Awesome.I suppose there is some hope in that Susan did not die maybe her family s gruesome deaths will help her find God, and then a train will kill her too, and she ll join Peter, Edmund, and Lucy in Aslan s country Bleargh.


  2. says:

    When I used to read the Chronicles as a kid, I would usually stop at Dawn Treader or Silver Chair Now I realise that as a kid I was a lot smarter than I gave myself credit for, for The Last Battle is an absolute shocker of a book It is racist, sexist, fundamentalist rhetoric disguised as children s literature.Those darkies yes, that s how they re referred to in the book, along with stinking of onions and garlic are invading Narnia again, at the guidance of a monkey groan for obvious racist parallels once parading around a false Aslan Thank goodness those pure white children are called upon once to put things right Oh, except for Susan, of course, who is apparently slutting around the real world because she can think of nothing but nylons and stockings and as Peter says gravely, She is no longer a friend of Narnia And that is the dangerous fundamentalist thought throughout this book Susan, who seems to be discovering her sexuality, is denied entrance to Narnia She was a Queen of Narnia, and saved it many times in battle But, no, piss off, Susan You re not good enough any But the deathbed conversion of the false Aslan still allows him to go to Narn I mean, Heaven.I just can t let the fate of Susan go, even days after finishing this book All the Pevensy children bar Susan, of course discover they and their parents are dead at the end of the story and with a final yay like a brainwashed Rod and Todd Flanders, skip merrily up the steps to heaven No chance at life for them But Susan is left in the real world, with her siblings, parents and cousin all wiped out.This is the final message you want to leave to your kids No wonder this book is so popular with fundamentalists In the end, their rhetoric is you re either with us or against us It doesn t seem very Christian at all, does it


  3. says:

    A dismayingly poor conclusion to the series I honestly don t understand why a fair number of people apparently like it I believe it even won some kind of award The writing is flat and uninspired compared to the earlier volumes, and the preaching has completely taken over the narrative Oddly enough, a lot of it also comes across as extremely immoral Let s not even get into the question of whether the treatment of the Calormenes and their god Tash is racist or bigoted The thing that really annoys me is the way that foolish, deluded Puzzle, who acts as front man in a religious coup by agreeing to don the lion skin and impersonate Aslan, is somehow given a free pass Why, exactly He was only obeying orders It seems to me that this is reductio ad absurdum, taking the notion of Christian forgiveness to its logical and extremely nasty conclusion, and I still have no idea what C.S Lewis thought he was doing If George W Bush could read, he would probably find this book rather comforting.____________________________ Update, Oct 2014 The following passage from Knausg rd s Min kamp 6, which I read yesterday, expresses the point I wished to make rather better than I did my translation Grace removes all distinctions, in grace we are all equal The radicality of this idea is so great that we can hardly grasp it But it is this, and nothing else, that Christianity is about There are no differences between people The worst person is worth just as much as the best Jesus said if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek He is a person like you, he is you It is an inhuman thought, because it is thought outside our social structures It is indeed a godlike thought Adolf Hitler has just as much worth as the Jews he gassed to death It dissolves our identities, they have been created by difference, and that is what makes Christianity unrealisable, we cannot think ourselves away, it is too much to lose, it is all we have.____________________________ Update, Aug 2017 If I understand him correctly, Donald Trump is saying the same thing in his already famous many sides speech No one is worth than anyone else, Trump apparently wants to tell us The neo nazi who drives his car into the crowd of protesters is worth just as much as the woman he kills, because we are all children of God But as Knausg rd notes, this is a difficult idea for mortals to comprehend And to be honest, I believe Trump could also have phrased it better.


  4. says:

    Lewis understands the way the world works better than any other writer I have ever read It s likely due to his appreciation for story and powerful imagination fed by scripture This book was eye opening for me to feel truth about how deception and our societies work in rebellion to God, through a fictional story It was painful to recognize the major battle and struggle that is so slippery and subtle in our own lives It would feel better to feel the stark good vs evil contrast in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it wouldn t be as cutting or true as this Last Battle.


  5. says:

    WORST ENDING EVER.I mean, seriously The happiest ending possible is for everyone to die and go to heaven At first I thought that since Susan had stopped believing in Narnia and Aslan, she didn t get to go to heaven , but then I realised she wasn t actually on the train so she s still alive How absolutely horrible, losing her siblings and her parents But you know, better that than being dead Sorry, C.S Lewis, I m not converted.


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    The Last Battle Chronicles of Narnia, 7 , C.S LewisThe Last Battle is a high fantasy novel for children by C S Lewis, published by The Bodley Head in 1956 It was the seventh and final novel in The Chronicles of Narnia The Last Battle is set almost entirely in the Narnia world and the English children who participate arrive only in the middle of the narrative The novel is set some 200 Narnian years after The Silver Chair and about 2500 years and 49 Earth years since the creation of the world narrated in The Magician s Nephew a A false Aslan is set up in the north western borderlands and conflict between true and false Narnians merges with that between Narnia and Calormen, whose people worship Tash It concludes with termination of the world by Aslan, after a last battle that is practically lost 2002 1898 1963 1330 1328 1337


  7. says:

    If I had the energy to describe how bad this is, I still wouldn t be able to describe how bad this is.


  8. says:

    The first part of this book was so difficult for me to get through I hated how Narnia had become so tainted Everything was so utterly depressing, but thankfuly, things did not stay that way The last half is so wonderful I hardly knew what to do with myself after reading it for the first time.Of any of the worlds I ve read about, Narnia is the one I would most like to visit or better yet, live in forever I think that speaks to C.S Lewis ability to understand the longing of the human soul to be united with God.


  9. says:

    This is my seventh journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.What a fitting end to such an epic series Despite having a darker message and serious tone than the other stories, I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books.It has been centuries since the last sighting of the mystical Aslan and his name has turned from legend to myth With some falsely using his name and status, and others denouncing him altogether, it is left to the returning children from our world to save Narnia once again.Despite a similar running theme, this seemed aimed at a adult audience There was some dark imagery and an overall sinister tone However, as an adult reader myself, I enjoyed these new aspects I adored seeing the return of old faces and, without them, this would not have been a proper conclusion I am sad to say goodbye but I know I will be returning, probably soon, to one of my new favourite fictional lands.


  10. says:

    Once I started thinking about racism and degrading other religions I couldn t take this any There was no way to unsee those things and just read it as a fun children s book What a waste of time Sorry not sorry.Oh, and the story itself was boring and aggravating.