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Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia #2) [Mass Market Paperback]

C. S. Lewis
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ONCE THERE WERE FOUR CHILDREN whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, and it has been told in another book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe how they had a remarkable adventure. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars The least desirable entry April 24 2004
"Prince Caspian" is either the second or fourth book of CS Lewis' classic Narnia series, depending on whether one reads the books in published order or chronological order. The story picks up where "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" leaves off, with Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy back in England after having spent many years in Narnia as kings and queens. What follows is in many ways almost a straight rehash of "Wardrobe" and is possibly the most forgettable of the Narnia books. Were it not for the introduction of Caspian, one of the major characters in the series, it would almost certainly be the least memorable of the seven books.
The children find themselves pulled into a strange world, this time by a magical force rather than by wandering through a wardrobe. Quickly (and predictably) enough the world is revealed to be Narnia. Why did they not know this right away? Because the single year they spent in the real world was many hundreds of years in Narnian time. Narnia has aged while they have not.
The four children, who in Narnia are revered as legendary kings and queens of old, find that they have been pulled into Narnia to aid King Caspian, a prince from a kingdom of rather oppressive humans who have taken over Narnia and are attempting to squash all memory and knowledge of the land's talking animals and mythical creatures. Naturally, this means those people have to be stopped.
If it sounds exciting, it's not. If it sounds boring, it is.
Travelogues and adventures that are little more than episodic journeys can be great fun and often tap into the glory of exploring the forest as a child, but this journey simply has little or nothing to engage the reader or capture one's interest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars boring book but still good Jan. 30 2004
The book Prince Caspian is the second in a series of books by C.S. Lewis. The characters and conflicts are the same as the book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The main characters are Peter and Susan. One of the conflicts they face is person vs. self as Peter must face his fear of being killed in war. The horn Susan left behind in the first episode allowed the as they return to Narnia. However when time they return Narnia is a thousand years later. In the be ok Prince Caspian is a year later after the first. All the people they know from then are died but Aslan he can never die because he is one of the magical creature leafed in Narnia. I didn't like the book Prince Caspian because it had all the Same conflicts just like the other books by C.S Lewis. One of the same conflicts is at the battle they had they lose at first but in the end they won. I also didn't like it cuz it was boring tail like cater 12 that's when they had the battle . But there was some very cool parts of the book for example the high king Peter killed the evil king Miraz in the battle and it was back to old Narnia . The book is boring but its still a good book to read I think you better have a lot of time on your hands because it takes a lot time to read but its still good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars British Invasion, II Dec 1 2003
The 2nd of the Chronicles of Narnia to be published, the events in Prince Caspian place it 4th chronologically. It is perhaps the most accessible book in a very accessible series, as it includes plenty of action and has many parallels with the present day. In brief, the four children return to Narnia to aid the eponymous Prince Caspian in his battle against his uncle. I found one portion of the book, in which we are told Prince Caspian's history, dragged quite a bit, although children are likely to enjoy that same since it introduces us many of the forest animals. On the other hand, all the action later in the book leads to some violence that may be a bit much for younger children.
Present here is the powerful symbolism found throughout the chronicles. Caspian and the 4 children (disciples?) can be seen as Crusaders in a time (medieval and/or present day) when the word of Aslan has been lost. Combining ecological and religious perspectives, one might call it a time when the power of manipulation and modification is valued more than the power of creation. Lewis gives us some villains who willfully deny the word, and others who have become too cynical or too narrowly opportunistic to hear it. After a second coming of sorts, faith and good governance are restored throughout the kingdom.
Like all the Chronicles, this one inevitably shows its age to some extent. For example, the idea that only the boys would hunt and clean the carcass of the bear seems sexist today, but certainly would not have been frowned upon by many when the books were written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Modern' Narnia May 21 2003
In this installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, the children go back to the land a year after their first visit. They are surprised to find that, although only a year has passed on Earth, many hundreds of years have passed in Narnia, and almost everything is different. Most of the magic is gone out of the land--the talking animals, moving trees, dwarves, and other creatures are little more than memories now, and the land is ruled and dominated by a race of men. The men, incidentally, are skeptical in nature, and do all they can to oppress magic and the true history of Narnia.
The symbolism in this book is very vivid, and Lewis uses the plot very well to show the situation of much of modern society. The race of men (led by Caspian's uncle) refuse to believe in magic, and also don't believe in Aslan. Aslan is a Christ figure, so this unbelief in him is symbolic of twentieth-century skepticism. Many people today do not believe in miracles or anything that cannot be scientifically 'proven,' and a similar situation exists in Narnia, where men here the old stories of magic but many do not believe them. In an allegorical sense, then, this novel shows us the folly of skepticism, and the absurdity of believing in a world in which nothing wonderful can occur.

Like the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia, this book is a delightful children's story. But there is a deep theology at work here, and this is one of the qualities which makes it appealing to adults. I highly recommend this book, along with the rest of the Chronicles, to anyone interested either in fairy tales or in Christian allegory or theology.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I have had the whole series since I was little and love them, but someone lost this one. I'm glad to have found the exact same copy to complete my set again, though the spine was... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2012 by kt123
4.0 out of 5 stars Back into Narnia
Imagine if you once saved a magical other world... only to return later and find that centuries had passed, and everything had changed. Read more
Published on June 12 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Back into Narnia
Imagine if you once saved a magical other world... only to return later and find that centuries had passed, and everything had changed. Read more
Published on April 4 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Jenner's Review
Caspian has an uncle named Miraz. A tutor comes and tells Caspian that his uncle is trying to kill him. Caspian runs away to avoid being killed. Read more
Published on March 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better read
Book 4 in a series of 7.
The story begins as the main heroes from Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe(Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy) are transported back to Narnia from a rail... Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by Cloud
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Caspian
It is a great book. It has very captivating writing. As well as excellent characters and settings. I give it four stars for all the things that make it such a great book.
Published on June 17 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Recalled by the Horn!
Only in times of great distress may the true heir to the throne of Narnia sound Queen Susan's horn; its imperious summons must be obeyed. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Plume45
3.0 out of 5 stars Recalled by the Horn!
Only in times of great distress may the true heir to the throne of Narnia sound Queen Susan's horn; its imperious summons must be obeyed. Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Plume45
3.0 out of 5 stars The Most Disappointing Adventure in the Series
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are awaiting the train that will take them to separate boarding schools when they are suddenly, and magically, pulled out of the station. Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by Mark Baker
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