Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world....

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Title:Prince Caspian
Author:C.S. Lewis
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ISBN:000720230X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

Prince Caspian Reviews

  • Amanda
    Nov 19, 2008

    November 19, 2008. I've read these books a zillion and one times and surely I shall read them a zillion more. Because every single time, I realize new truths and find more honor in their pages.

    Today, I've read a passage that I find disturbing and quite out of character for CS Lewis:

    p.72

    November 19, 2008. I've read these books a zillion and one times and surely I shall read them a zillion more. Because every single time, I realize new truths and find more honor in their pages.

    Today, I've read a passage that I find disturbing and quite out of character for CS Lewis:

    p.72

    Seems a bit racist, if you ask me. It really makes me wonder exactly what CS Lewis is getting at here. It's totally the opposite of what happens in

    when Aslan sorts the good guys from the bad guys by whether they're good oir evil in their hearts. So anyway, it seems weird and I don't like it. The Hag does ends up being a bad guy in the end, but still... I dunno.

    I'll keep reading and blame the racism on the 1950s for now.

    Oh yeah, as a side note, whenever I read British literature, I talk to myself in a British accent and rhythm for a while afterward. It's so dorky!!!

    Later...

    I've read a bit more now. The race issue didn't come up again.

    The battle scenes are not the same as you might see these days. There's something more frank and quick about them. Lewis doesn't explain every little move and maneuver, so in fact, if you're reading too fast, you might even miss a fight going on. Here's an example of a battle overview without much in the way of specifics:

    P. 187

    I think if this book had been written today by a different author, it might be about 500 pages of battle scenes. I'm glad its not. Instead, the book is more about people standing on the side of good. Here's a passage that I just love which describes Edmund who may be a boy, but is also a king:

    P.174

    Ahhhhh... See? For Narnia and the North!

    Also, you Tolkien fans will recognize the onslaught of trees which comes in at the end of the battle--Two Towers--and the river emerging (with the help of Bacchus and his grapevines) to take out the bridge and thwart the enemy in its path--Fellowship. Who came up with it first, I wonder... :)

    Later still...

    As I finish reading this lovely little novel, allow me to

    Thank you, Mr. Lewis. I

    had a time.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 28, 2009

    خرسهای شکم گنده، خیلی مشتاق بودند که، اول ضیافت برگزار شود، و گردهمایی بماند برای بعد. شاید برای فردا. ص 79 س 17 کتاب

    Prince Caspian: the return to Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

    عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب 2: شاهزاده کاسپین؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس ( 1898 - 1963 ) مترجم: امید اقتداری؛ منوچهر کریم زاده؛ تهران، 1379؛ در 208 ص؛ شابک: 9647100043؛ چاپ سوم 1384؛ هفت جلد در 1368 صفحه؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز برای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م

    مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران،

    خرسهای شکم گنده، خیلی مشتاق بودند که، اول ضیافت برگزار شود، و گردهمایی بماند برای بعد. شاید برای فردا. ص 79 س 17 کتاب

    Prince Caspian: the return to Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

    عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب 2: شاهزاده کاسپین؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس ( 1898 - 1963 ) مترجم: امید اقتداری؛ منوچهر کریم زاده؛ تهران، 1379؛ در 208 ص؛ شابک: 9647100043؛ چاپ سوم 1384؛ هفت جلد در 1368 صفحه؛ موضوع: داستانهای خیال انگیز برای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م

    مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان خامنه؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1386؛ در 284 ص؛ شابک: 9644178521؛

    مترجم: مهناز داوودی؛ تهران، پنجره، 1387؛ در 200 ص؛ شابک: 9789648890877؛

  • Barry Pierce
    Feb 03, 2011

    with badgers.

  • Bookwraiths
    Sep 05, 2013

    Reviewed at

    is the second book in

    .

    C.S. Lewis begins this tale by revisiting the Pevensie children, who have survived WW II and are at a train station waiting to head off to boarding school. While discussing their concerns about being separated, they are suddenly pulled into another world, which they do not immediately recognize as Narnia. Indeed, the land has changed to such an extent that it is only after finding several relics from th

    Reviewed at

    is the second book in

    .

    C.S. Lewis begins this tale by revisiting the Pevensie children, who have survived WW II and are at a train station waiting to head off to boarding school. While discussing their concerns about being separated, they are suddenly pulled into another world, which they do not immediately recognize as Narnia. Indeed, the land has changed to such an extent that it is only after finding several relics from the past that they even begin to suspect that they are not only in Narnia but actually camped in the ruins of Cair Paravel: their former capital and home, where they reigned as high kings and queens of Narnia.

    Quickly, the siblings begin to understand that while only a small amount of time has passed in their world, many centuries have rolled by in their former home, which has resulted in the ruination of the castle and a changing of the very land itself. This new state of affairs is soon confirmed for the Pevensie children by one Trumpkin the dwarf, who they rescue from the Telmarines: the overlords of the new Narnia.

    What transpires after Trumpkin’s rescue is what I call the flashback story. Through Trumpkin, C.S. Lewis basically tells Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy (and by default the reader/listener) all about the new Narnia and our title character, Prince Caspian. We hear about the invasion of the Telmarines, the fading of the old ways, the disappearance of the talking animals of Narnia, and the slow waning of all things magical in Narnia. But we also are told about the rightful heir of this new Narnia, Prince Caspian, who wishes to restore the land to its Golden Age when Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy ruled from Cair Paravel and who is even now in hiding with the Old Narnians, trying desperately to restore overthrow his wicked uncle and bring peace, prosperity, and magic back to the land.

    Only after hearing all this back story, does C.S. Lewis allow our four children to head out into the world on their grand adventure to aid Prince Caspian and thereby restore Narnia to its former glory.

    I enjoyed this book via audio book (which is a fairly new “reading” medium for me) and found the experience enjoyable and the actors’ performances well done. Specifically, this audio book did a great job of presenting the ambiance of Narnia’s different locals by description as well as sound effects, which on the whole livened up a fairly straightforward tale.

    As far as the story itself, I found myself conflicted on it: liking some things about it yet disliking others.

    1) C.S. Lewis did not try to just rewrite

    , but gives the reader a whole new Narnia experience. While the old Narnians - fauns, centaurs, talking animals, nymphs, living trees - are still around, they are now in hiding; driven to the edge of extinction by the Telmarines, who have not only conquered the land but turned it into a near non-magical world. This leads to a darker feeling to the story and allows a reader to see Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy both overjoyed at being back in Narnia but aghast at its desecration.

    2) Lewis allows the Pevensie children to actually grow up. Peter and Susan are shown as near adults, who are becoming blind to the magic in Narnia, while Edmund and Lucy rise to the forefront as the keepers of that magic. Especially illustrative of the “growth” of the characters were Lucy’s struggle to rediscover Aslan and Edmund’s stance as her steadfast supporter.

    1) There just isn’t much suspense in this story. The children show up, rescue Trumpkin, get told all about what is going on then head out to join up with Prince Caspian. The majority of the story Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy really do not do anything, and even at the climax of the adventure, they are more bystanders than participants. Honestly, all the suspense and actions, which is described in the story, deal with Caspian and are “told” to us in flashback, not experienced as Caspian is living them. While I understand why C.S. Lewis crafted the story this way (The four children are a reader’s link to Narnia) I believe Caspian’s story itself would have been a more rousing tale.

    2) Things just work out too easily, even for what is obviously intended as a children’s story. For instance, Caspian grows up, becomes enamored with stories of ancient Narnia and up pops a half-dwarf tutor, who can provide all the lore Caspian needs. When he seeks refuge, the mysterious and little seen “old” Narnians turn up and take the Telmarine Prince into their hearts almost immediately. Each of these things seemed a bit rushed to me, but then again, it could be yet another draw back of flashback stories.

    All in all, this was an enjoyable listening experience, and much better than the movie - at least in my opinion.

  • P
    May 21, 2015

    Admittedly Prince Caspian was boring at first for I didn't like the symbolic meaning of the whole book. It was hard to read and that incredible ending nearly shut me out from enjoying, it's abrupt and unsatisfied at all. Although I quie liked the movie, the book is so much different. The pace is excruciatingly slow. I didn't like the over-descriptive narration talking about everything including flowers, sky, and trees.

    Admittedly Prince Caspian was boring at first for I didn't like the symbolic meaning of the whole book. It was hard to read and that incredible ending nearly shut me out from enjoying, it's abrupt and unsatisfied at all. Although I quie liked the movie, the book is so much different. The pace is excruciatingly slow. I didn't like the over-descriptive narration talking about everything including flowers, sky, and trees.

    The first part of this book was acceptable, especially when Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy comes back to Narnia, the vibes of the book is nearly the same as the previous one. But around the middle, the story was a downfall, there're so many subtle meanings between the pages, it gave me such a headache that I had to think about it many times.

    However, this book isn't awful. It has the enjoyable parts to keep my attention until the last page. Prince Caspian is as intriguing as always, so much alike his character in the movie.

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    Sep 26, 2015

    What can you say. Another fantastic adventure in Narnia! And of course,

    I cried at the end.

  • Elaina
    Nov 29, 2016

    Ahhh!! I just love these books so much!! ^_^ They make you feel like you are watching a movie in your head while you are reading every word! (If that makes any sense lol) I love the little bits of humor that C.S. Lewis through in every once and a while like this quote,

    I don't know why I love that quote so much, but I do :p

    Ahhh!! I just love these books so much!! ^_^ They make you feel like you are watching a movie in your head while you are reading every word! (If that makes any sense lol) I love the little bits of humor that C.S. Lewis through in every once and a while like this quote,

    I don't know why I love that quote so much, but I do :p I definitely recommend this series and of course, the movies are amazing as well! :) I really hope that they make a movie for the Silver Chair soon! Now onto the Voyage of the Dawn Treader next! :D

  • Moraes the Bookworm
    Dec 28, 2015

    I actually found out about the whole

    thing when the movie

    came out. My friend invited me to watch the movie. Another friend lent me a VHS of

    , so I would not be totally lost watching Prince Caspian on the next day. What I'm trying to say is that I watched it without having read the book, so I had no expectations whatsoever. Now, some years later, having both read the book and watched the movie so many times, I can confess: same old book b

    I actually found out about the whole

    thing when the movie

    came out. My friend invited me to watch the movie. Another friend lent me a VHS of

    , so I would not be totally lost watching Prince Caspian on the next day. What I'm trying to say is that I watched it without having read the book, so I had no expectations whatsoever. Now, some years later, having both read the book and watched the movie so many times, I can confess: same old book better than movie story, for me. It's not that the movie is bad or anything. On the contrary, I found it very similar to the book. Of course, Hollywood will always change a thing or two to make the movie more "exciting" to the audience, but the essence of the story is irrevocably there.

    The coolest thing about

    is the

    between its story and

    . The book starts with a quick introduction to a new people, the Telmarines, during which we get to know Caspian and a little bit of political intricacies surrounding his life. After that, we are thrown back to the Pevensies. Everything truly begins when the they are summoned back to

    , after having spent around one year in the real world. The thing that they don't know, of course, is that that one real world year, counted in Narnian time, amounts to one thousand years. Long story short: everything is changed; the landscape, the political scenario, nothing is the same as the Pevensies remember.

    There is one thing that didn't change a bit, though: Lewis' efforts to subtly send religious messages through his stories.

    We can clearly perceive that from the beginning of Pevensies' adventures through the "new Narnia". They lack allies, they lack proper guidance. All of a sudden, Lucy begins seeing Aslan here and there, even though others can't. Again we are faced with the concept that help comes to those who believe.

    Further on, when the author brings all the good guys together in order for them to attempt to defeat the Telmarines - the new ruling people living on the lands around what used to be Narnia -, the messages about the power of faith are there again. Caspian, the Pevensies and what remained of their allies - the old Narnian people - are heavily outnumbered, having to rely on supposed fairy tales as a source of motivation, but they don't ever give up.

    From a plot development standpoint, were all those reinforced hints at religion somewhat mellow and redundant? Maybe. Were they efficient? I have to say yes, they were. From my experience, there is no way that a reader will not feel motivated to keep reading a story when they have good guys in a very bad situation to root for. My final opinion is that

    was a really good read.

    The whole thing was fast-paced, the plot driven by the imminent war that would come at the end. It was good to see the Pevensies again, acting as warriors but also as a family. Considering that there are no books on the series about the

    ,

    is actually the last one on which we have the chance of seeing them all together - so this is a book that you can't just not read, if you are a

    fan; it would feel like skipping Christmas or something.

  • Patrick
    Jan 04, 2016

    I read this aloud to my older boy, age 6.

    It's a good book, and he enjoyed it, but didn't ring the bell in the same way Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe did. I think the biggest reason for this, was that it wasn't as accessible to him.

    The first issue was the non-linear story. Which has the potential to confuse. Later, Lewis splits the party in a way that divides the action in the story.

    But the biggest issue is that the characters lapse into archaic, courtly English when the a bunch of the people are

    I read this aloud to my older boy, age 6.

    It's a good book, and he enjoyed it, but didn't ring the bell in the same way Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe did. I think the biggest reason for this, was that it wasn't as accessible to him.

    The first issue was the non-linear story. Which has the potential to confuse. Later, Lewis splits the party in a way that divides the action in the story.

    But the biggest issue is that the characters lapse into archaic, courtly English when the a bunch of the people are talking at the end of the book. (Because the siblings used to be kings and queens, and they're talking with the nobility of the Telemarines.)

    It's not just unfamiliar language to children. It's unfamiliar and archaic language. (Doubly archaic now, as Lewis wrote these 50 years ago.) My boy couldn't follow it at all, as there were 2-4 unfamiliar terms used in every sentence, and context can only stretch so far.) Because of that, Oot couldn't understand whole sections of the climax of the book, when the Telmarines were talking among themselves, and planning on betraying their king. (A vital plot point he couldn't get because it was only made explicit in this dialogue.)

    As a result, I had to skim, skip, or summarize big chunks of the book so he could get it. Maybe in a year or two, he would have been fine. (Also, keep in mind that my boy is extremely vocabulary. We've been reading to him since he was six months old. Results with your own child may vary.)

    Sexism a little more present here, but not oppressive or malicious. Still, you can't deny that the boys go off to duel and do battle stuff, while the girls hang out with Aslan and go wake the trees.

    This book had better characters that the first book of the series. Nikabrik is a great example of a good guy gone bad. Trumpkin and Trufflehunter are great as well.

    But Reepicheep is the real star here. Perhaps the best character in all of Narnia, excepting Aslan himself.

    Lastly, and mostly as a side note, Lewis really knocked it out of the park in terms of names. Nikabrik is a great name for a venomous black dwarf. Glenstorm the proud centaur. Wimbleweather the dim but kind giant.

    And Reepicheep, of course. I don't know if a name has ever fit a character better than "Reepicheep" does....

  • Dannii Elle
    Jan 10, 2017

    This is my fourth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

    From the very first line I knew I was sure to love this book as it details the return of the Pevensie children from

    , the most famous and my most beloved Narnia tale. Only one year later in the human world, and centuries later in Narnian time, the children return to find their beloved castle an ivy-clad ruin and th

    This is my fourth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

    From the very first line I knew I was sure to love this book as it details the return of the Pevensie children from

    , the most famous and my most beloved Narnia tale. Only one year later in the human world, and centuries later in Narnian time, the children return to find their beloved castle an ivy-clad ruin and the land they knew and loved altered beyond all recognition. Another form of evil has taken control of the lands and the children must once again work with the magical Narnian beasts to free it from the tyrant's control.

    Whilst I adored the actual story, some elements of it did make me wince a little. Referring to some little girls as 'plump' and mentioning their 'fat legs' seemed like an unnecessary addition to the text but I also need to remember that these books weren't penned in this century, where such writing is unacceptable.

    This entire series touches me on such a deep emotional level, despite the simplicity of the tales. It is such a wonderful feeling to read something that ends with such purity and goodness. I think this is the magic of reading stories aimed at children: in the adult genre this suspended belief would not be tolerated and the 'happily ever afters' would not be believed. We often look for more complex conclusions, but it is so refreshing to read something where good is sure to conquer evil and be content that all that is wrong will be rightfully restored.