07 February 2005

The Horse and his Boy: a weekend read


Like a pleasant surprise when Lucy found the Wardrobe, so did my wife's friend in discovering a book while rummaging through magazines and photos under our living room table last Sunday afternoon. C.S. Lewis' The Horse and His Boy was amongst the stack of old newspapers. The funny part is, I remember buying the book, but never reading it. And browsing through the first few pages affirmed that.

"The Horse and His Boy" is Book 3 of the Chronicles of Narnia. It recounts the adventure of Shasta and the talking horse Bree, along with Aravin (a girl of royal lineage) and Hwin (also a talking horse). This party of four were outsiders in the places they lived in. They did not belong. Shasta, who looked so different from the father that he had known since birth; Aravin, who was to enter into an arranged marriage but did not care about the royalty and wealth it entailed, and the two horses who were abducted from Narnia when they were but foals.

The journey as difficult, and each had to face their own challenges. But forged on as a team they did. In the end, each one fulfilled their aspirations, and Shasta even made a prediction come true.

It was a wonderful story. I think you'd be able to follow much of it even if you haven't read the other two books that transpire before it, though I do recommend at least reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Going back to the woods, dining with the elves, and going into battle was definitely exciting. I finished the book around midnight last night [finished it lying down :-)], and left me wanting to go back to Narnia for more adventures.
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