Story: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Author: C.S. Lewis
Story URL: Amazon Link
Page count: 288 pages
Wikipedia Summary: The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ returns Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, to Narnia. Once there, they join Caspian’s voyage on the ship Dawn Treader to find the seven lords who were banished when Miraz took over the throne. This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan’s country at the end of the world.
This is one of my favorite Narnia books. I love the numerous adventures contained in this one short book. I love the alternate (and preferred by Lewis) ending that American readers got to the Land Where Dreams Come True. I love the opening to this book. It has one of the best opening lines to any book I’ve ever read. Actually, the entire opening paragraph is fantastic. We see so much of C.S. Lewis’ personal opinions reflected in that section (tobacco, alcohol, health-nuts, and difficult names – all hot buttons for him). (I wonder how they introduced Eustace’s character in the movie? I’ll also be interested in seeing how much the film-makers expand on the roll played by the Star’s Daughter, as she barely appears in the book.) Reepicheep is particularly memorable in this book and is in fine form on the Magician’s Island with the invisible Dufflepods. Perhaps one of my favorite aspects of the story, though, is seeing how each character grows. Eustace is of course the most dramatic, but I also loved seeing the progression of Caspian’s strengths and weaknesses as he really grows into the King he is capable of being in this book.