The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

C.S. Lewis
Pages: 216
Date Started: January 5, 2021
Date Finished: January 9, 2021
4h 4m 15s
Reason Book was Chosen:
I've never read through the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. It's time to remedy that. I may read some of these to my daughters as part of the reading project.

My Thoughts

The first line of this book is so classic:

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

Eustace joins Edmund and Lucy in entering Narnia through a painting in Eustace’s room. Soon, they join an adventure with King Capsian X to find the 7 missing lords that had sailed from earlier times. The adventure introduces us to Reepicheep, the quite talkative mouse, and to a host of other memorable characters and lands along the way.

At one point, Eustace, a nasty little boy, becomes a dragon. To be healed, he must take off multiple layers of his dragon skin. He gets to a point where he can no longer take it off and Aslan must do the rest. After that, Lewis writes:

It would be nice, and fairly nearly true, to say that “from that time forth Eustace was a different boy.” To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy. He had relapses. There were still many days when he could be very tiresome. But most of those I shall not notice. The cure had begun.

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