Friday, July 17, 2009

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

From the Back Cover: The conclusion of the saga that began with The Magician's Nephew… Narnia … where dwarfs are loyal and tough and strong -- or are they? … where you must say good-bye … and where the adventure begins. The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia when Narnia is stirred and upset. And Narnia is in trouble now. A false Aslan roams the land. Narnia's only hope is that Eustace and Jill, old friends to Narnia, will be able to find the true Aslan and restore peace to the land. Their task is a difficult one because, as the Centaur says, "The stars never lie, but Men and Beasts do." Who is the real Aslan and who is the imposter? Enter this enchanted world countless times in The Chronicles of Narnia.

The series started with creation and now it ends with judgement day. The idea of being misled by false leaders takes up most of the story. Tash has to be Satan. In the end, Aslan shows God's mercy as he forgives the soldier who has lived his life serving Tash. (That is one of my grumpy points of faith, that you could live a life of debauchery and then be welcomed to the fold at the last minute - just doesn't seem fair! I know that jealousy shows a serious void in my quest for sainthood.) The Dwarfs are those people who insist that they are smarter than God -the ones that demand proof, science.

"They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their minds, yet they are in that prison, and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out."

The representation at the end of heaven is lovely - everything I would hope for.

Chronicles of Narnia Reading ChallengeThis book is my seventh for the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge hosted by Carrie at Reading to Know

This is the end of the challenge, tomorrow I'll get to my wrap up post.

1 comment:

Carrie said...

Congrats on making it through the series. Thanks for joining the challenge and I look forward to finding out what you might have to add next year!