The two youngest Pevensie children, Lucy and Edmund, are staying with their odious cousin Eustace Scrubb while their older brother Peter is studying for his university entrance exams with Professor Kirke, and their older sister Susan is traveling through America with their parents. Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are drawn into the Narnian world through a picture of a ship at sea. (The painting, hanging neglected in the guest bedroom that the Pevensie children were using, had been an unwanted present to Eustace’s parents.) The three children land in the ocean near the pictured vessel, the titular Dawn Treader, and are taken aboard. What follows is an adventure the three won’t ever forget in their lifetime.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in the famous Chronicles of Narnia Series. With the movie version to be released on December 10 in theatres, I deemed it best to re-read this wonderful story before I watch the film.
I am a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia. I can go on and on raving about this wonderful series and how it has affected my perspective, yes, even as an adult. For me, the Narnia Chronicles is more than just a children’s story. I have read the complete set just this year, belatedly I guess, shame on me, but it doesn’t change the fact that even though written under the tone and style of a children’s fantasy story, the moral lesson applies to all ages. I love to think that the childlike voice of the story adds to its appeal and wisdom.
What do I love about this book?
- Lucy and Edmund. The Pevensie siblings who are always favorites ever since The Magician’s Nephew, but now minus Peter (who was studying for an exam) and Susan (who was going to America with their parents), are back with Prince Caspian on a voyage to the Eastern Seas beyond the Lone Islands. Lucy is still her kindhearted soul and Edmund is a “villainous” kid as usual.
- Reepicheep. The ever lovable Reepicheep is present too and he never fails to make me smile with his “mousely” valiant acts. I can’t wait to see Reepicheep on film! 🙂
- Eustace. Yes, Eustace. I love it that he keeps a journal. Makes him closer to my heart.
- The prose. Oh, but there are many lines that have touched my heart and tickled my mind. I will just list here some of my favorite lines I highlighted in my book.
“THERE was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. His parents called him Eustace Clarence and masters called him Scrubb. I can’t tell you how his friends spoke to him, for he had none.”
“Child,” said Aslan, “did I not explain to you once before that no one is ever told what would have happened?”
“Oh, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Will you tell us how to get into your country from our world?”
“I shall be telling you all the time,” said Aslan. “But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder. And now come; I will open the door in the sky and send you to your own land.”
“You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your own world now.”
“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
At this point, I must tell you that I will get a bit spiritual. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a story of redemption and grace. And though some might disagree with me, I love that this is a story with blatant Christian allegory.
Eustace is a bully, and grew up believing that the whole world must conspire to make things right for him. But his bully-dragon-behaved kid transformation is the most wonderful transformation story I have ever came across as of present.
I love the ending too. It makes me look forward for heaven all the more.
Now, the movie. Can’t wait to see it!
Recommended for all ages.
5 stars. And more. 😉
Book blurb is taken from Wikipedia.
Book cover image from Goodreads.