Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) by C.S. LewisI read this aloud to my older boy, age 6.
Its a good book, and he enjoyed it, but didnt ring the bell in the same way Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe did. I think the biggest reason for this, was that it wasnt 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 theyre talking with the nobility of the Telemarines.)
Its not just unfamiliar language to children. Its unfamiliar and archaic language. (Doubly archaic now, as Lewis wrote these 50 years ago.) My boy couldnt 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 couldnt 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 couldnt 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. Weve 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 cant 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 dont know if a name has ever fit a character better than Reepicheep does....
Lewis , published by Geoffrey Bles in It was the second published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia — , and Lewis had finished writing it in , before the first book was out. Like the others, it was illustrated by Pauline Baynes and her work has been retained in many later editions. Prince Caspian features a "return to Narnia" by the four Pevensie children of the first novel, about a year later in England but years later in Narnia. The talking animals and mythical beings are oppressed, and some may be endangered.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a American high fantasy film co-written and directed by Andrew Adamson , based on Prince Caspian , the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. Lewis 's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. In the film, the four Pevensie children return to Narnia to aid Prince Caspian in his struggle with the "secret" help of Aslan for the throne against his corrupt uncle, King Miraz. Work on the script began before The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was released, so filming could begin before the actors grew too old for their parts. Director Andrew Adamson wanted to make the film more spectacular than the first, and created an action sequence not in the novel. The Narnians were designed to look wilder as they have been hiding from persecution, stressing the darker tone of the sequel. The filmmakers also took a Spanish influence for the antagonistic race of the Telmarines.
FP now includes eBooks in its collection. Book Details. Centuries have passed since the Pevensie children were the kings and queens of Narnia, and the country has greatly changed — not for the better. Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne, is in flight from his evil uncle. Who can set things right?