The Last Battle #BookReview #CSLewis

“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

My daughter and I just finished “The Chronicles of Narnia,” by C.S. Lewis. The final book in the series, “The Last Battle” was a dramatic and thrilling ending to one of the greatest fantasy series of all time. It rivals “The Lord of the Rings” in that category written by a friend and contemporary, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Lewis’ final book in the series was my favorite outside of the standalone classic, “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe,” the first book published that introduced readers to the Pevensie children: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, and Aslan the Great Lion. This book had the most suspense and intrigue of all the books and it seemed like the characters were in the most dire of circumstances.

“The Last Battle” also contained the most theological and philosophical ideas since Narnia was created in “The Magician’s Nephew.” Most fascinating were Lewis’ views on heaven what he terms, Aslan’s Country.

Reading this book again with my child gave me a unique view on Lewis and his writing and ideas. It was such a wonderful conclusion to a classic series and it prompts readers to deeper thought about existence and life after death.

I can’t wait to read again with my next child 😉

5 comments

  1. As a child, this was my least favourite of the series. As an adult, able to see the depth that Lewis wrote into this book, I agree with you, Jason…
    One of the most moving passages of all the Narnia books, I think, if when the young Calormene soldier meets Aslan and learns who he has truly served all his life.

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  2. “The Last Battle” was always my least favorite of the Chronicles of Narnia, and that hasn’t changed at all. I’m still appalled by C.S. Lewis’ cruelty towards his own characters and world–you would almost think he hated Narnia when he wrote the book and decided to end it as brutally as possible. I can’t imagine what made him think his young readers would appreciate an allegory of Revelation, but maybe he was writing for himself and not anyone else at this point. Then, of course, there’s the racism and xenophobia, and the sudden disappearance of Susan. The cozy, optimistic tone of the other books in the series makes this book about the Narnian apocalypse all the more jarring.

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