Prince Caspian

I remember the first time I learned about the Chronicles of Narnia was when one of my professors back in college asked us, as a bonus question in our exam, to enumerate the seven books of the series. During that time, I’ve only heard about TLTWTW so instead of feeling happy for the bonus points, I got disappointed for i’ve only one point for that bonus question.(Actually, the exam was so hard that I have to rely on the bonus questions to get a passing score.) Fortunately, I was able to pass the exam even without the bonus but that question remained in me forever that I became curious about the series so I made a promise to read those books someday.

It was only last year though that I’ve started fulfilling that promise by reading the first three books of the series and so far, Lewis has never failed to fascinate me with his works that i did not hesitate to buy the set when i saw it at the UP christmas bazzar.

Prince Caspian deserves Mr. Cute Bear bookmark

Okay, enough for that long introduction. Let me now give justice to that 5 stars.

This fourth book of the Narnia series is actually about the return of the pevensie siblings to narnia a year after their return to earth from that magical wardrobe. To their surprise, it seems that a year on earth is equivalent to a thousand years or so in narnia so what they found were only the remains of the kingdom that had once belong to them. They later found out that the reason why they were brought back to narnia was that a rightful heir of the throne is in danger of losing his crown. So once again, the children have to carry out their mission and restore the old narnian kingdom.

I have actually seen the movie prior to reading this book but I’m glad that the scenes from the movie seem so vague in my memory so I was able to appreciate Lewis’ account of the story. The movie is also different with the love angle between Caspian and Susan, which is actually absent in the book, so I think that was an added point.

Actually the reason why I love this book is the underlying theme of the story. More than the victory they’ve gained at the end of the story, I love how the hope of the real Narnians rise up upon knowing that Aslan is alive for he seems so distant for a long time. I also love how the author tied up lose ends and answer the question I have in mind in the beginning of the book – Where did those Telmarines came from?

I think the only distraction Ihad while reading this was that i cant help but interchangeably imagine the scenes from the lord of the rings movie with all those moving trees.

Title: Prince Caspian
Author: C.S. Lewis
Copy: Owned
Rating: ★★★★★

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Latest Grabs

I can’t remember how many times I told myself not to buy books until I shrink  my TBR to half but I always end up eating my own words. Who cares about my self-imposed book-buying diet? It’s not everyday I’m gonna find a copy of this in with a price like this in booksale. Yeah, I know right, that’s the usual excuse of a booklover like me who’s trying to clear her TBR list before buying any more book. But then, I really can’t help so I end up collecting these books cumulatively for this month alone:

                    March Grabs

Guess I have to make a new promise again next month. 🙂

Black Beauty

   Black Beauty

I have no idea about this book except for the hint on the cover that this is about a story of a horse. I always find a copy of this in the children’s section of booksale but I always end up ignoring it since it doesn’t have a Newberry seal in its cover and I am not really fond of pony books so I thought it will not fit me. It was only when I‘ve  finally found a Php10 copy in one of my bargain book-hunting sessions in booksale that I decided to buy it and give it a shot. When I started reading and found out that it is written from a first person point of view a horse in an autobiography form, I instantly changed my mind from thinking that it’s not interesting and as I go through the chapters, I find the shifting emotions I felt while reading truly remarkable and so my increasing love for it.

Living in a period when horses are no longer used for transportation and in a country where horses are not common farm animal, I can definitely count with my fingers the times when I was able to have a face to face experience with a horse, and one of those was when we had a “calesa ride” as we tour the historical streets of Vigan.

This is the sad truth about horses in our country. We can only see them usually in historical tourist destination areas like Intramuros and Vigan and you have to pay a large sum of money just to experience them.

Reading this book brought me to the panoramic view of 19th century England where horses are the most common means of transport, as Black Beauty narrates the experiences he had with his different owners and the other people and horses he met along the way. As the story develops, I learn a lot about horses and their work during that time and see the different kinds of treatment that they receive from humans.

Despite the hardships that he’d gone through with those cruel masters, he was able to keep his spirit and good temper up. It made me think though that it’s good for Beauty for he was able to meet good masters several times in his life, but for those who ended up with cruel masters, I can’t help but feel sorry for them. There are actually scenes from this book that really broke my heart which made me feel ashamed of myself because admittedly, I can be one of those cruel people sometimes. Not being an animal lover, (not for the domestic animals at least as I cared a lot about endangered animal species), I always feel some sort of distaste for dogs and cats that I would not hesitate to hit them once they made a wrong move to me. I think this book made me realized I have to stop doing that and try to be at least civil, if not more caring, to them. As what the author had said “we have no right to distress any of God’s creatures without a very good reason; we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”

Today, Black Beauty is considered as a children’s classic but Mr. Wiki says that the author did not actually wrote this book for children. For the author Anna Sewell, horses are one of her most beloved animals that she wrote a book about them and hope that her work, as she explained in a letter to a friend before she died, “would induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment with horses” and I think she was able to effectively do that in this book. The message of this book is actually more than a story about a horse but also about us humans, and how we treat animals who cannot speak for themselves.

Title: Black Beauty
Author: Anna Sewell
Copy: Owned
Rating: ★★★★★

The Magician’s Nephew

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Honestly, I thought I would find this book boring and uninteresting unlike the first book of the series. I have to stop at the end of first chapter because I find the story very slow and flat so I decided to try the Lion, the Witch and the Wizard first, and have a glimpse of Narnia through the adventures of the Pevensie siblings. I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the movie that I decided to go back to the first book of the series and see the creation of Narnia.

My second attempt to read this book was indeed a success that I can’t help but admire C.S. Lewis for creating this timeless piece of literature. I love how C.S. Lewis translated the story of Creation and the Fall of Man into a children’s tale, though according to wikipedia, the author did not intend his books to be allegorical.

This is indeed a timeless classic book that I would certainly love to read to my children when the right time comes, as a tool for introducing Jesus Christ to their very young mind.

Title:     Magician’s Nephew
Author:
C.S. Lewis
Copy:    
Owned
Rating: ★★★★★