March 5th, 2013

Book with cat 5

Book #7

Amazon has a quick answer for why I didn't like The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis very much. It's listed under: › Books › Religion & Spirituality

Two years ago, I started reading the Narnia books. I hadn't yet, and it seemed like something I should do. I enjoyed the first couple, and though people had said they were very religious, I hadn't had an issue with it. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader I had a big issue with.

It's not just because it was religious that I had an issue with it, it's that the way religion was used made it into a lesser book. Any time there was trouble, any time one of the characters made a bad decision, the hand paw of god came down and made things right. What point is there of having a story where the there is no real danger or trouble? Stub your toe and Aslan will show up and make it better.

The end of the book was the worst though. Aslan was sending the non-Narnian kids home and the kids were all upset about not being able to see him again. He said he was in our world too, just with a different name, and that his whole reason for bringing the kids to Narnia was so they could learn him better there, so they'd learn him better in their world. Sigh. So there was no grand reason for them going to Narnia, not to help people or stop wars or whatever, it was so they'd be more religious in their own world.

No thanks.

It wasn't a totally unenjoyable book, there were a few scenes I liked, but the whole thing dragged and felt like it took me forever to read. Checking my last book post, it took me about 15 days to read the ... how many pages was Voyage? Amazon usually lists that, but I don't see it. Couldn't have been overly long though (it just felt that way). I know there were multiple days I didn't read at all, because just picking it up made me frown.

I have three Narnia books left that I haven't read yet. I don't think I'll be tackling them anytime soon.