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Narnia..., donde las mentiras engendran miedo... donde la lealtad se pone a prueba..., donde toda esperanza parece perdida.Durante los últimos día de Narnia, el lugar se enfrenta a su desafío más cruel; no se trata de un invasor de fuera sino de un enemigo interno. Mentiras y traición han echado raíces, y únicamente el rey y in grupo reducido de seguidores leales puede impNarnia..., donde las mentiras engendran miedo... donde la lealtad se pone a prueba..., donde toda esperanza parece perdida.Durante los últimos día de Narnia, el lugar se enfrenta a su desafío más cruel; no se trata de un invasor de fuera sino de un enemigo interno. Mentiras y traición han echado raíces, y únicamente el rey y in grupo reducido de seguidores leales puede impedir la destrucción de todo lo que más quieren en este magnífico colofón de Las crónicas de Narnia.Narnia, la tierra donde todo puede suceder....

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  • Maria
    2019-02-06 09:17

    I think this is the first book I've ever hated. And that list is pretty short. As a child, it really distressed me - I didn't understand much of it, and it confused me why its tone was so very different from the other Narnia books. Then, when I reread it a few years ago, it just pissed me off. The message about religious pluralism is refreshing, sure, but the book just plain reads wrong, and I will probably never get over Lewis's treatment of Susan. I guess if you don't believe in God, you deserve to lose your entire family in a train crash. Awesome.I suppose there is some hope in that Susan did not die - maybe her family's gruesome deaths will help her find God, and then a train will kill her too, and she'll join Peter, Edmund, and Lucy in Aslan's country! Bleargh.

  • Manny
    2019-01-30 13:24

    A dismayingly poor conclusion to the series... I honestly don't understand why a fair number of people apparently like it. (I believe it even won some kind of award). The writing is flat and uninspired compared to the earlier volumes, and the preaching has completely taken over the narrative. Oddly enough, a lot of it also comes across as extremely immoral. Let's not even get into the question of whether the treatment of the Calormenes and their god Tash is racist or bigoted. The thing that really annoys me is the way that foolish, deluded Puzzle, who acts as front man in a religious coup by agreeing to don the lion skin and impersonate Aslan, is somehow given a free pass. Why, exactly? He was only obeying orders? It seems to me that this is reductio ad absurdum, taking the notion of Christian forgiveness to its logical and extremely nasty conclusion, and I still have no idea what C.S. Lewis thought he was doing. If George W. Bush could read, he would probably find this book rather comforting.____________________________[Update, Oct 2014]The following passage from Knausgård's Min kamp 6, which I read yesterday, expresses the point I wished to make rather better than I did (my translation):Grace removes all distinctions, in grace we are all equal. The radicality of this idea is so great that we can hardly grasp it. But it is this, and nothing else, that Christianity is about. There are no differences between people. The worst person is worth just as much as the best. Jesus said: if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek. He is a person like you, he is you. It is an inhuman thought, because it is thought outside our social structures. It is indeed a godlike thought. Adolf Hitler has just as much worth as the Jews he gassed to death. It dissolves our identities, they have been created by difference, and that is what makes Christianity unrealisable, we cannot think ourselves away, it is too much to lose, it is all we have.____________________________[Update, Aug 2017]If I understand him correctly, Donald Trump is saying the same thing in his already-famous 'many sides' speech. No one is worth more than anyone else, Trump apparently wants to tell us. The neo-nazi who drives his car into the crowd of protesters is worth just as much as the woman he kills, because we are all children of God. But as Knausgård notes, this is a difficult idea for mortals to comprehend. And to be honest, I believe Trump could also have phrased it better.

  • Sean Kennedy
    2019-01-25 09:33

    When I used to read the Chronicles as a kid, I would usually stop at Dawn Treader or Silver Chair. Now I realise that as a kid I was a lot smarter than I gave myself credit for, for "The Last Battle" is an absolute shocker of a book. It is racist, sexist, fundamentalist rhetoric disguised as children's literature.Those 'darkies' (yes, that's how they're referred to in the book, along with stinking of 'onions and garlic') are invading Narnia again, at the guidance of a monkey (groan for obvious racist parallels once more) parading around a false Aslan. Thank goodness those pure white children are called upon once more to put things right! Oh, except for Susan, of course, who is apparently slutting around the real world because she can think of nothing but 'nylons and stockings' and as Peter says gravely, "She is no longer a friend of Narnia."And that is the dangerous fundamentalist thought throughout this book. Susan, who seems to be discovering her sexuality, is denied entrance to Narnia. She was a Queen of Narnia, and saved it many times in battle. But, no, piss off, Susan. You're not good enough anymore. But the 'deathbed conversion' of the false Aslan still allows him to go to Narn - I mean, Heaven.I just can't let the fate of Susan go, even days after finishing this book. All the Pevensy children (bar Susan, of course) discover they and their parents are dead at the end of the story and with a final 'yay!' like a brainwashed Rod and Todd Flanders, skip merrily up the steps to heaven. No chance at life for them. But Susan is left in the real world, with her siblings, parents and cousin all wiped out.This is the final message you want to leave to your kids? No wonder this book is so popular with fundamentalists. In the end, their rhetoric is 'you're either with us or against us'. It doesn't seem very Christian at all, does it?

  • Luke
    2019-02-03 07:32

    Lewis understands the way the world works better than any other writer I have ever read. It's likely due to his appreciation for story and powerful imagination fed by scripture. This book was eye opening for me to feel truth about how deception and our societies work in rebellion to God, through a fictional story. It was painful to recognize the major battle and struggle that is so slippery and subtle in our own lives. It would feel better to feel the stark good vs evil contrast in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it wouldn't be as cutting or true as this "Last Battle".

  • Josie
    2019-01-19 10:36

    WORST. ENDING. EVER.I mean, seriously? The happiest ending possible is for everyone to die and go to heaven? At first I thought that since Susan had stopped believing in Narnia and Aslan, she didn't get to go to "heaven", but then I realised she wasn't actually on the train so she's still alive. How absolutely horrible, losing her siblings and her parents. But you know, better that than being dead. Sorry, C.S. Lewis, I'm not converted.

  • Annie
    2019-01-25 07:17

    The first part of this book was so difficult for me to get through. I hated how Narnia had become so tainted. Everything was so utterly depressing, but thankfuly, things did not stay that way. The last half is so wonderful. I hardly knew what to do with myself after reading it for the first time.Of any of the worlds I've read about, Narnia is the one I would most like to visit or better yet, live in forever. I think that speaks to C.S. Lewis' ability to understand the longing of the human soul to be united with God.

  • Roya
    2019-02-02 15:19

    If I had the energy to describe how bad this is, I still wouldn't be able to describe how bad this is.

  • Dannii Elle
    2019-02-02 07:40

    This is my seventh journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.What a fitting end to such an epic series! Despite having a darker message and more serious tone than the other stories, I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books.It has been centuries since the last sighting of the mystical Aslan and his name has turned from legend to myth. With some falsely using his name and status, and others denouncing him altogether, it is left to the returning children from our world to save Narnia once again.Despite a similar running theme, this seemed aimed at a more adult audience. There was some dark imagery and an overall more sinister tone. However, as an adult reader myself, I enjoyed these new aspects. I adored seeing the return of old faces and, without them, this would not have been a proper conclusion. I am sad to say goodbye but I know I will be returning, probably soon, to one of my new favourite fictional lands.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-01-22 12:38

    The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7), C.S. Lewis تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژانویه سال 2002 میلادیعنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب هفت: آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس 1898 - 1963 ؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری 1330 ؛ منوچهر کریم زاده 1328، کتابهای کیمیا، تهران خیابان ولی عصر، بالاتر از میدان ونک، شماره 1337؛ نارنیا دنیایی است که در آن حیوانات سخن میگویند؛ جادو امری رایج است و خوبی به جنگ با بدی میرود. آغاز داستان آفرینش نارنیا در روز نخست با آواز اصلان شیر و سخنگو شدن حیوانات با جادوی اصلان است و پایان آن در کتاب آخرین نبرد آمده است تا سرگذشت نارنیا و ماجرای کودکانی را بگوید که نقش اصلی در تاریخچهٔ دنیای نارنیا را بازی می‌کنند. در هر کتاب از این مجموعه (به جز اسب و آدمش) کودکانی از دنیای ما به صورت جادویی به نارنیا میروند جایی که از آن‌ها خواسته می‌شود، تا به اصلان شیر یاری برسانند. زندگی آنها در این جهان است، و تمام ماجراهایشان در نارنیای خیال انگیز میگذرد، حالا، سرانجام فصل نخست داستان بزرگ را، که هیچ کس بر روی زمین، آن را نخوانده است. آغاز میکنند، که تا ابد ادامه مییابد: و در آن هر فصل بهتر از فصل پیشین است. ا. شربیانی

  • Rachel Caroline Deacons
    2019-01-25 09:12

    Warning: Spoilers. Okay, before I begin I need to add that I am not Christian or religious. Not even a little bit. That's not to say I completely dismiss the notion that there could be a God, just that I personally do not believe in one.I loved the Narnia books, especially the ones that centred around the Pevensie children. As a child I'm not sure what my reaction was to The Last Battle, when I was a teenager I read it again and felt a little...uncomfortable. Now this isn't going to be a slander on C.S.Lewis and how racist/misogynist some of his tales were, (because in some cases they were.) Because I don't think it's fair to scrutinize him with the logic of someone who lives in 2013 when at the time he wrote the books it was only 1956.The Last Battle should be something you immediately love, all of our favourite characters return to Narnia and not just the Narnia that we all fell in love with, but a new, better Narnia. Amazing, wohhoo! Except someone is left behind.I am of course, talking about Susan.Susan is left behind and alive in our world, not being able to return to Narnia because she no longer believes and is more interested in "lipstick, nylons and invitations."Now I understand the message Lewis was trying to give, that you shouldn't cast aside your spirituality or faith for more frivolous superficial things, that you should always remain faithful despite where life takes you. I get the message and I think I could have lived with it if it were for one thing; No one seems to care.They discuss Susan for a total of what, a minute? Calling her silly before Peter abruptly says something along the lines of "let us talk of more pleasant things...oh look a tree, let us taste it's fruit." WHATTTTTTT?!? This is where it gets me, these kids have all been through magical adventures together, grown up together and have that bond that only siblings have. They've just been told that they have died in our world and are going to live forever happily in Narnia while Susan is...(well it's implied) going to hell for essentially liking lipstick and nobody blinks. Her siblings act as though they don't care, or worse that they are angry;"Our sister Susan," Answered Peter, shortly and gravely, "Is no longer a friend of Narnia." This is the Susan that throughout all the other books looked out for her brothers and sisters safety, ruled over Narnia as Susan the Gentle and nobody cares that she has more or less been condemned? The hypocrisy here is that in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, they all went through such desperate lengths to save Edmund but apparently Susan was just not worth the trouble. Lewis did state that Susan might find her way back to Narnia later in life, "in her own way." And you know I hope she does, but when she gets there I'm not sure her family deserves her. Anyway, the writing for the Last Battle is just as vivid and beautiful as the rest of the books and of course the Christian allegory is still there. The battle scene itself is incredibly well-written and the ending is just that...An end to a wonderful series. It's just a shame that the end for Susan wasn't nearly as nice as it should have been.

  • Karina
    2019-01-21 14:20

    Once I started thinking about racism and degrading other religions I couldn't take this anymore. There was no way to unsee those things and just read it as a fun children's book. What a waste of time. Sorry not sorry.Oh, and the story itself was boring and aggravating.

  • Amber
    2019-02-09 11:15

    This is my favorite of the Narnia books. I love how it begins, and especially how it ends. I enjoyed it immensely as a child, but as an adult it strikes a much deeper cord. The Christian allegory of these books is really summed up and finished here in a beautiful way. I really enjoyed all of Lewis' subtle hints about what he believes, and was surprised by how many things I agreed with. I love that the Taarkan is told that all who do good in the name of Tash are really doing it to Aslan, and those who do evil in the name of Aslan are really accepted by Tash. The only thing I didn't like was the loss of Susan- and her unwillingness to believe in Narnia anymore. But, I think that was also foreshadowed in Prince Caspian, and I think that Lewis had another point he was trying to make there, as well, about where our hearts and focus are in this life. So, even though it made me sad, I understood some of the reasoning behind it.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-01-18 09:20

    I might be giving this 3 or 4 stars were it not for the penultimate paragraph of the book. My first Narnia book was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I did think the imagination and imagery striking but found the Christian Allegory too blatant. Friends told me however, that with the exception of The Last Battle, those aspects aren't so prominent in the later books, and that much of the series is wonder-full. So I found it from then on up to this book.Well, it could be said I'd been warned--but it actually wasn't the allegorical aspect per se that threw me. Maybe it's just I'd grown inured to that aspect by this book, or maybe that I'm not as familiar with Revelations as the Gospels, so I didn't feel like I was ticking off, oh, this is Judas, this is the crucifixion, etc. The story is rich in ideas, imagery and symbolism. I loved the echoes of Dante and Plato.On the whole, the issue of that last page aside, what disturbed me most was how the Calormenes were described. There have been accusations Narnia is racist because of how Lewis depicts this southern adversary of Narnia, and I think that unfair. I think we overuse the accusation "racist" so it loses it's impact when we use it other than to mean the belief that race defines character and ability. Lewis clearly does not believe this given positive Calormenes characters like Aravis and Emeth. In fact, I rather loved the message Lewis sends through Emeth--that it doesn't matter in whose name we do good or evil, whether Muhammad or Jesus--only that the act is good or evil. Nevertheless, it was disturbing to have Calormenes described this way: Then the dark men came round them in a thick crowd, smelling of garlic and onions, their white eyes flashing dreadfully in their brown faces. And then there are the repeated cries of "darkie" from the crowd of dwarfs. (Admittedly those particular dwarfs are villains in this book--not people to emulate--but I imagine reading those passages aloud to a child and I cringe).There's also, to borrow Gaiman's phrase, "The Problem of Susan." Susan, we find out early in the book, is no longer a "friend of Narnia" because she denies Narnia exists now and cares these days only about lipstick and nylons and such. I can rather forgive Lewis this. He's trying to make a point I think that even those who once knew the right way can drift away and forget what's truly important. I don't see misogyny in choosing Susan for that role anymore than it's anti-male to choose Edmund for the traitor role in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Moreover, given the strong female characters in the Chronicles (especially Jill in this story) I find cries of sexism less than convincing.But then there's that last page...**SPOILERS BELOW***This is the next to last paragraph in the book and series:There was a real railway accident," said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are--as you used to call it in the Shadowlands--dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning."This reminded me of when my Grandmother died, the priest turned to me, my mother and aunt and rebuked us for weeping--because "she's now in a better place than you are." I know what I felt towards that priest in that moment as I looked at my mother's and aunt's stricken faces--rage. And then I thought of Susan--no longer "a friend of Narnia" dealing with the sudden violent deaths of her friends and family and I felt the same kind of rage at Lewis. Yes, I know--Christians believe Heaven this wonderful thing. And within the book and series the ending has its logic. But I for one felt slapped by that paragraph--I can't imagine wanting to give this to children, that one paragraph seems so malignant in its celebration of death. You guys giving this book five stars--you really want to give a child a book where dying young in a trainwreck with your entire family--parents, siblings, a cousin is the happy ending? Really?A friend told me about Gaiman's counter to this "The Problem of Susan"--it's in the short story anthology Fragile Things. That story has some disturbing imagery, and I know some that love Narnia have called it disgusting and "blasphemous." (Definitely not a story for children--adults only here.) All I can say is having come to the end of this series I found it cathartic. (And going back to reading Gaiman and Pratchett's Good Omens, about an angel and demon working to stop the apocalypse, can only help...)

  • Jenna Leigh
    2019-02-05 13:12

    SPOILERS! Don't keep reading if you don't like 'em!Gosh, I love The Last Battle. As a Christian, Aslan's compassion and mercy in all of the books is moving, but it is especially highlighted in this novel. Some people may not like the ending. I know my sister didn't, especially because of the fact that Susan isn't brought into the new Narnia with the other Pevensie children. My thought has always been(and this is purely my own interpretation/speculation) that Susan will eventually be saved. She is going to be faced with the fact, that in the real world, her entire family was killed in a train crash, and that type of grief will cause her to rethink her worldview. I never had this problem, other than just being sad that Susan was no longer a part of Narnia, but other people have had a problem with Susan being lost because as J.K. Rowling once said:"There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She's become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that."I don't think the reason that Susan was lost was because she "found lipstick", I think it was meant to illustrate in a way that was easier for a child to understand—these are children's books, remember—that Susan had, at some point, made a decision to turn away from what she knew to be true and good in favour of shallow, temporal things that would never fill her. She basically chose to turn away from the blessings that Aslan and Narnia would give her. It wasn't that she wasn't good enough to be accepted, it was that she felt she was too good to accept what was being offered to her.Well, that's my two bits.

  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    2019-01-28 09:39

    I finally saw how it all ended. After almost 20 years it feels amazing. I thought CS Lewis' interpretation of the end times was beautiful. The story was definitely more focused and serious in tone than many of the other books but I have to tell you that I loved it. Overall, I would probably give it a 4.75 stars! :)

  • Kyriaki
    2019-02-05 07:38

    Τη σειρά την είχα ξεκινήσει πριν μερικά χρόνια αλλά δεν την τελείωσα ποτέ....ούτε και θυμάμαι το λόγο που δεν συνέχισα τότε με το 7ο. Αλλά έφτασε ο καιρός και το πήρα απόφαση και το διάβασα!Και πολύ χαίρομαι που το έκανα τώρα και όχι νωρίτερα γιατί πιστεύω ειλικρινά πως δεν θα μπορούσα να το εκτιμήσω τότε!Άλλο ένα ταξίδι έφτασε στο τέλος του....και ήταν φυσικά ένα πολύ ωραίο ταξίδι! 7 βιβλία, 7 υπέροχες περιπέτειες σε μια μαγική χώρα!Και ήθελα κι άλλο!! Ήταν πολύ λίγο!! Πολύ ξαφνικό τέλος και ίσως και λίγο θλιμμένο....Με μια θλίψη και μια μελαγχολία λοιπόν αφήνω τη Νάρνια αλλά και με χαρά ταυτόχρονα για όλες τις αναμνήσεις! Και με χαρά επίσης, με την πρώτη ευκαιρία, θα την ξαναεπισκεφτώ!! (στα αγγλικά κατα πάσα πιθανότητα γιατί η μετάφραση νομίζω πως ήταν λίγο τραγική)

  • Daniella
    2019-02-08 08:10

    I agree with the reviewer who said this was the worst ending ever. Not only does it have the worst ending, but the book itself is the worst ending to any series that I have ever read. Period.Seriously, Mr. Lewis, what the hell is this though? Aside from the phenomenally craptacular ending--where we're supposed to believe that the very best thing that could possibly happen is for everybody to die--this book was just a whole lot of suck. It seemed to have no point whatsoever, except that Lewis decided he was done writing Narnia stories, and instead of leaving it open for fans to imagine what adventures might've come after, he figured he could cram some more Christian allegory in there and thoroughly traumatize his young audience by killing off every single character they'd come to love. Except Susan, because we shun the nonbeliever, shuuuunnnn.Whatever. It was completely unnecessary, and the "but it's okay because they went to heaven" ending made me roll my eyes so hard they were in danger of falling out, but it didn't piss me off half so much as the convoluted End Times theme. What the fuck? There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to it whatsoever, at least that I could pinpoint. Basically some jerkass old ape (I see what you did there, Mr. Lewis) dresses up this gullible ass in a lion skin and starts ordering the Narnians around as the mouthpiece of Aslan, so instead of punishing Shift for his wickedness, Aslan DESTROYS THE WORLD. Because that's not overreacting or anything. Apparently Lewis ascribed to the angry, vengeful God of the old testament. I mean, wow. Was it because the Narnians were so easily deceived by the false Aslan and their love for him turned to fear and revulsion? Because it seems to me to be largely a result of Aslan's long absence, combined with the apparent inherent stupidity of Narnians, that made them susceptible to the lies of Shift and the Calormenes, which Aslan in his omniscience would've known would happen if he stayed away. So, in other words, he punished THE ENTIRE WORLD for something that he could've prevented and chose not to. Nice. But maybe I just don't get it, wicked atheist that I am.Anyway. Unless you're a hardcore fan of the Narnia series, or OCD like me, I recommend skipping this one. It's not worth your time.

  • The Shayne-Train
    2019-01-26 08:10

    So, whew, we made it through all of them. Our adventures in Narnia are over. After the fourth book, it started to be hard-going there. While the little one was still enjoying them, for me, the increased sloppiness of story structure and the more obvious Aslan/Jesus analog were growing tiresome. But we did it, making it all the way through to the ultra-preachy (view spoiler)[the world ends but everyone goes to Heaven (hide spoiler)] ending!

  • Ferdy
    2019-02-11 11:24

    2.5 stars SpoilersIt was okay. The best part was seeing all the characters (bar Susan) together again at the end.-The plot was pretty interesting but it did get a bit nonsensical in the last half (with that weird demon/devil thing). The whole fake!Aslan + mastermind!Ape trying to take over Narnia was actually quite entertaining… Although, I thought it was dumb that Aslan didn't appear sooner and put a stop to things. -Eustace and Jill were yet again the main characters… I was expecting more of the original gang (Lucy, Edmund and co), but for some reason they only had small roles even though they were the main protagonists of the series. Eustace wasn't quite as endearing in The Last Battle… He lost all his grumpy charm and was the usual goody-two shoes character who occasionally whined. Jill was no better.-What a WTF ending - Narnia ceased to exist, and all the characters died and ended up in a Narnia-esque heaven. I wasn't impressed that Lucy and co died and lost out the chance to grow old on Earth and have a normal life. Yea, they were happy in Narnia-heaven but they still lost out on so much. Most of all, I was pissed at the whole Susan thing.-Seriously, what about Susan?! WTF?! What did she do to deserve being left behind? Why did everyone think she deserved to live with the pain of her WHOLE family dying? Why were they cool with her having to grow old on her own? WFT?! Just because she lost interest in Narnia and started to have other likes/dislikes didn't make her a bad person. Will she even end up in Narnia-heaven when she dies? Or will she go to hell or something? Why weren't her family or Aslan bothered about her? Didn't they miss her? Didn't they care she'd be on her own? I never liked Susan as a character but the way her story arc ended was unfair and depressing.-There was quite a bit of racism again. Basically brown people = bad, evul, stupid and greedy and white people = good, intelligent, fair and just. It really pissed me off. All in all, I enjoyed the series. As a whole it wasn't as good as I thought it'd be but I was still mostly entertained. Although, I'm always going to wonder and fret over Susan's fate.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-14 07:12

    This is one of the best books in the Chronicles of Narnia series! The beginning got me so frustrated, as I can't stand how the ape Shift treated the donkey Puzzle; also how "puzzled" & dumb Puzzle can really be. The climax & the ending is VERY exciting! This really give me a glimpse of how heaven will be like, as I can't stop smiling and laughing in the end. What really surprised me is how the ending is so unpredictable, but is THE best happily ever ending I've ever heard. You have to read the book to find out what it is...! It really shows how wondrous Aslan is and how he always has the right & just punishment for all. Even though this is a fiction, specifically fantasy story, it really tells you a lot about the truths and reality of our own world & heaven. Favorite Quote: "You see," said Aslan. "They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out. But come, children, I have other work to do." (P. 169)

  • Meg
    2019-01-18 12:16

    I recently reread this series. I was very worried that my added perspective as a religious studies major and adult would mar my childhood love of the books, but honestly, this is the only one in the series that I found unpalatable. Maybe it's because I find the rapture/end-times story to be more annoying that the sacrificed God story adapted in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I don't know. That said, given the choice of reading this again and reading Left Behind again, I'd choose Left Behind. I suppose Lewis thought he had to end off his great Christian fairy tale with the end times narrative, but he could at least have written it better.

  • Erin
    2019-01-19 15:29

    2.5 stars round up to 3Well, it appears that my journey into Narnia has run its course. All of the "cast" return to help Aslan and their Narnian friends with one last battle. Well, except for dear Susan who earned the strange fate of growing up and becoming rather shallow. The ending of the story and the reaction it has received from thousands of reviewers, reminds me of the finale of LOST. I just didn't see it coming.

  • Mark
    2019-02-10 08:20

    This is my third time through the Chronicles of Narnia. After finishing the final installment, I have come to the realization that I will probably never read them again. Why? Because they're not that good. Lewis has an odd style. Speaking as the narrator he attempts to describe really good or bad feelings, tastes, smells and such. Now, if these sensations are beyond description, he's sure to let the reader know that should they one day visit Narnia, they should definitely check this out. As if he's writing a Rick Steve's travel book for Narnia, Western Wildlands, Calormene, Archenland and the general vicinity. Then he describes a certain noise as being like "cats making love." Unexcusable. Then, in "The Final Battle," he totally wusses out. Once the final battle is had all the kings and queens end up in some netherworld and Aslan (or God, or Jesus, or both)destroys the world only to recreate it as it was, only real. And it's poorly explained as well. Hell, even the characters are confused. Plus, he kills everyone off. Granted, they get to live forever in "heaven" or Narnia, but nonetheless. Way to beat around the bush and then tersely explain it ... "There was a real railway accident." Wouldn't the dead children be mortified and shocked? Wouldn't there be some fantastical reaction to this. Hell, even Reepicheep makes an appearance. Everything's so hokey and sentimental and gutless. Considering his allegory, religion and life isn't any of those things, or it shouldn't be.

  • Kelsey Marie
    2019-01-31 07:40

    *****For my full review, click here.*****Wow! I have finished The Chronicles of Narnia. I can't believe it. I definitely dragged it out, I think I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the first time in 5th grade maybe, but even reading it through this time, I wasn't ready for it to be finished, because you can't read a book for the first time again. But, it's finally over.This book is strangely moving and depressing all at the same time. I feel like Lewis might have just been extremely done with society and he let it all out in the book. I think that was really obvious when he said:(view spoiler)["Oh Susan!' said Jill. 'She's interested in nothing nowadays except nylons and lipstick and invitations. She always was a jolly sight too keen on being grown-up." (p. 169) (hide spoiler)]I find that somewhat insulting, but I get the point that he is trying to make. The focus of society is on less important things, no matter which world they we're talking about. Even looking outside of the Christian perspective that Lewis refers to in his books, society isn't what it used to be, just like how Narnia isn't what it used to be.(view spoiler)[I find it completely depressing that everyone dies in the end. It was like Lost all over again; getting attached to all these people and places only for it to all come to an end so tragically. I'd almost want to be Susan if it meant that I got to live. (hide spoiler)]I'm sad it's over, but not as sad as I have been for the ending of other novels, because like I said, I knew it was going to end. And there are definitely a few Narnia novels I would read again."And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after." (p. 228)

  • Jennie
    2019-02-05 15:15

    I hated this book. I hated it so much. I'm glad I didn't finish the series as a child (I petered out some time after the 3rd or 4th, in publishing order), because this book would have scarred me for life. As impressionable as I was as a wee bairn, I would have either run around crying for a week over the way everyone *insert spoiler here* at the end, or I would have traipsed about hoping for Armageddon so I could go play with the pretty lion. Not cool. Not cool at all. Either way, I would have been totally messed up--permanently scarred.It has all the racism of The Horse and his Boy, all the sexism of The Silver Chair, the ginormous Christian bludgeon of Lion, Etc., and all the dull, meaningless traversing of landscape of Caspian (Onward and upward, guys! Everything's green! I'VE NEVER SEEN NATURE BEFORE!). Plus, the content is morbid and depressing, and the plot line fills me with despair. And all I can think of at the end is poor Susan, left behind to deal with the real-world aftermath, excluded from the love of Jesus/Aslan because she likes panty hose? What the fuck is that shit? I always though Jesus would be a wee bit more forgiving of the foibles of teenagers.Maybe I wouldn't be full of so much haterade if I hadn't read this after The Magician's Nephew, which was actually quite delightful and appropriate for children. My husband's boxed set is missing the last book--when it comes time to share it with the future spawn, I might just leave the last book missing. I think it's better that way.

  • Kimberley doruyter
    2019-01-24 12:38

    if we all get to go to narnia the end wouldn't be so bad.

  • Amin
    2019-02-12 12:13

    همه آنچه را که با اشتیاق می‌جویند، می‌یابندبچه که بودم این کتاب رو خونده بودم و خب دوستش داشتم اما نه به اندازه جلدهای دیگه و الان میفهمم چرا. «آخرین نبرد» سنگین‌ترین، مفهومی‌ترین و به نظر من بهترین کتاب مجموعه نارنیاست. یک پایان خوب و شایسته برای یک مجموعه دوست داشتنی. اما شاید برای یک بچه درکش سخت باشه.این کتاب خیلی منو به فکر فرو برد. هر قسمت کتاب، هر جمله کتاب، هر تصویرسازی کتاب پر از نماد بود و تقریبا همه‌ی اون‌ها رو میتونستم دور و بر خودم ببینم. پازل‌ها و جانوران سخنگوی نارنیایی که به راحتی گول شیفت‌هایی رو میخورن که به اسم اصلان (دین) ازشون سو استفاده میکنن، اصطبلی که نماد کلیسا شده و شیفتی که با رو کردن یک اصلان قلابی اعتقاد نارنیایی‌ها و کوتوله‌ها رو به اصلان واقعی هم گرفت. کوتوله‌هایی که اونقدر در حماقت خودشون غرق شده بودند، حماقتی که فکر میکردند انتهای عقل و درایته، که نمی‌تونستن حتی خورشید روشن رو ببینن و و و چیزهای دیگه‌ای که به نظرم میشه در حد یک مقاله کامل در موردشون نوشت.این کتاب جدی‌تر بود و با اینکه معتقدم لوئیس به خوبی میتونه طنز رو توی کتابش جای بده، همون طور که توی جلدای قبلی هم این کار رو کرده، اون طنز توی این کتاب به خاطر فضای تاریکی که داشت فرصتی برای بروز پیدا نکرده بود. روند داستان هم خیلی خوبه، فقط اون بخش توصیفات مربوط به پایان نارنیا یه مقدار حوصله‌ سر بر بود. مفاهیم وحدت ادیان هم به قدری خوب توی این کتاب توضیح داده شده، یا اون ماجرای درون و بالا، که فکر می‌کنم برای افراد کم سن و سال هم قابل فهمه و قشنگ توی ذهن ماندگار میشه.اما الان که بازخوانی یک مجموعه دلنشین دیگه رو تموم کردم شاید بهتر باشه در مورد این هم بنویسم که چرا نارنیا رو تا این حد دوست دارم. میگن لوئیس نارنیا رو برای دخترش نوشته تا براش موقع خواب بخونه و لذت ببره (نمیدونم چقدر این داستان صحت داره) اما به هر حال باید از لوئیس به خاطر اینکه قبل از مرگش تونسته چنین یادگاری از خودش به جا بذاره ممنون باشم. اگر از مفاهیم دینی که لوئیس با هنرمندی داخل داستان جای داده بگذریم و اگر فرض کنیم که نارنیا برای کودکان نوشته شده، این مجموعه یک آموزش اخلاق کامل انسانی برای کودکان محسوب میشه. تمام اون احترامات شاهانه در نارنیا، اون تاکید بر وفاداری، صداقت، ادب و بخشش و فرصت دادن دوباره به خطاکاران که البته مثل سریال‌های ایرانی خیلی واضح به خورد خواننده داده نمیشه به راحتی روی ذهن بچه تاثیر میذاره. تصور کنید بچه‌ای که در کودکی با خوندن نارنیا بزرگ میشه و اون مفاهیم عمیق انسانی داخل اون رو در قالب داستان میچشه، چه شخصیتی خواهد داشت و این شخصیت رو با بچه‌ای مقایسه کنید که از بچگی فقط به تماشای فیلم و انیمیشن‌ها و پای بازی‌هایی میشینه که سراسر جنگ و خونریزی مطلقه. من به جرئت میتونم بگم اون کودک نارنیا خون پتانسیل آدم بهتری در آینده شدن بیشتری نسبت به کودک جامعه‌ی امروزی داره. این از کاربردهای ادبیاته که لوئیس به شدت از اون خوب استفاده کرده.اینکه بخوایم دنیای نارنیا رو با دنیایی مثل سرزمین میانه تالکین یا دنیای هری‌ پاتر مقایسه کنیم به نظرم از پایه اشتباهه ولی با این حال اگه به من باشه دنیای نارنیا رو بیشتر دوست دارم. چون دنیاهایی مثل سرزمین میانه از دسترس خواننده به کلی دوره و دنیای هری‌پاتر نیز برای ورودش باید ویژگی خاصی (مثلا جادوگر بودن) داشته باشی. وقتی کودک یا نوجوان این کتاب‌ها رو میخونه امیدی برای رفتن به این دنیاها نداره و این سرزمین‌ها در حد خیال باقی میمونه. اما نارنیا اینجوری نیست. ورود به نارنیا همونقدر برای پیتر و ادموند و لوسی و سوزان محتمله که برای هر بچه‌ی دیگه‌ای. اون‌ها ممکنه از انتهای یک کمد یا از طریق یک قاب عکس به سرزمین اصلان سفر کنن و همین نارنیا رو به واقعیت نزدیک‌تر میکنه. اون طور که خواننده میتونه انتظار داشته باشه من هم شانسی برای رفتن به این سرزمین دارم.خیلی‌ها به ساده بودن نارنیا ایراد میگیرن، اینکه داستان جزئیات دقیقی نداره یا داستان‌های کتاب‌ها پیوستگی ندارن. اما به نظرم این‌ها ایراد نیست بلکه ویژگی نارنیاست. لوئیس دوست نداشته خودش رو درگیر جزئیاتی شبیه اون چیزی بکنه که تالکین عمر خودش رو صرف کرد تا تولیدشون کنه. هدف لوئیس این بوده که داستان‌سرایی کنه و در خلال اون مفاهیم مورد نظرش رو انتقال بده و در این کار کاملا موفق بوده. هیچ کدوم از داستان‌های نارنیا طولانی نیست و داستان‌های اون‌ها به قدری ساده است که از شدت سادگی به دل میشینه. لوئیس هر جا احساس نیاز کرده نمادهای اساطیری رو به خدمت خودش در آورده و اون‌ها رو با خلاقیتش مخلوط کرده. در یک کلام: لوئیس نمیخواسته قدرت تخیل خودش رو توی چشم خواننده فرو کنه بلکه فقط میخواسته یک قصه شنیدنی کوتاه بنویسه. داستان‌های نارنیا شبیه قصه‌های پریانی است که خیلی‌هامون خوندیم با این فرق که چند سطح پیشرفت داشته.حرف در مورد نارنیا زیاده، اونقدر که اگر بخوام ممکنه ساعت‌ها منو مشغول نوشتن بکنه، پس بهتره این ریویو رو همین‌جا تموم کنم. فقط میتونم این توصیه رو بکنم که اگه بچه‌ای میشناسین که دوست دارین وارد دنیای کتاب‌های فانتزی کنیدش و اگه ذهنش هنوز آلوده انیمیشن‌های پر زرق و برق این دوره و زمونه نشده که بتونه زیبایی سادگی رو درک کنه، حتما با نارنیا اونو کتاب‌خون کنید. چون گرچه خوندن نارنیا توی نوجوانی و بزرگ‌سالی هم دلنشینه ولی توی کودکی خوندنش اثراتی داره که هیچ چیز دیگه‌ای مثلش نیست.زنده باشم، باز هم سراغ نارنیا میام و مطمئنم در اون زمان باز هم چیزهای جدید دیگه‌ای توی داستان‌ها منو به خودش جذب میکنه.پ.ن: همیشه از حسرت‌های من این بود که سوزان به نارنیا پشت کرد :( پ.ن 2: اصلان از جالب‌ترین، مرموزترین و دوست‌داشتنی‌ترین کاراکترهایی هست که توی کتاب‌ها باهاشون آشنا شدم.تمام جهان‌ها به پایان می‌رسند و مرگ شریف گنجی است که هیچ کس آنقدر فقیر نیست که نتواند آن را بخرد

  • Raina
    2019-01-26 11:40

    I actually hate this book. I can't say that often. All of the worst elements of Christian media (not just literature) are present in this book. Lewis rejects religious pluralism, bases antagonists on rampant xenophobia, and falls once more into the trap of allowing Aslan to take over the story, even though the beginning was so good because of the marked absence of Aslan. At first I thought that the Calormenes and their god Tash were definitely Lewis's idea of Muslims and Islam. They're dark skinned and wear turbans, and Tash is referred to as being the same as Aslan. I was thinking that Lewis, the bookish individual he was, made an informed but hateful decision to target them. But according to my professor (somewhat of a scholar on Lewis and Tolkien), Lewis was simply ignorant. He grouped people from other places into a mysterious "other," and Tash is likely Lewis's impression of some African god. So if ever Lewis did hear from someone that Islam and Christianity were worshipping the same god, his reaction would have been...well, it's plain in the book. This leads into the issue of pluralism. Some people mistakenly think, based upon Aslan's conversation with the good Calormene Emeth, that Lewis was a pluralist. I was confused on this point too, because of Aslan's earlier words to Lucy that he is known by many names. But in fact Lewis was an inclusivist. While this means that the Calormenes are not all doomed to go to hell because they didn't believe in Aslan, it does mean that Aslan is the one and only god, even if others also believe in a one and only god. The implication is that the Calormenes and non-Christians are believing in a lie, or at best a partial truth. I, personally, am not a big fan of declaring most of the human race wrong about their religious beliefs. I don't care that this viewpoint is in a children's book, because I think kids should be able to make their own decisions about what they read. It's true for Lewis, so it's in his book. Doesn't mean I have to let it slide from my review, because for me this shift in Lewis's writing from "I" spiritual language to "you" preaching language is the second worst thing about this book. Other books were far more effective for showing Lewis's spirituality in positive personal ways. This one says that he's right and everyone else is wrong. It's very off-putting. Like I said above, inclusivism was the second worst thing about the book, a mild annoyance with Lewis. The first was the fact that the story fizzled away to nothing once Aslan showed up. Again.The first half of the book really wasn't bad, even with the racism. Lewis knows how to write a good story. The immediate conflict stirred up by Shift was interesting, and the quest of King Tirian, Eustace, and Jill to stop it presented deep psychological issues and plotlines to explore. Because Aslan wasn't there, the characters had to find their own answers, drawing on him for guidance only. But all this is tossed out the window by Chapter 13 as the characters are once again, like in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, relegated to the role of watching Aslan save the day (or in this case, destroy the world). As usual, the ideas Lewis puts forth are beautiful: things bigger on the inside than the outside and the Platonist view of the nature of the world come to mind. But the characters are essentially standing there watching. They are not active protagonists. The conflict ends with the roar of a lion and nothing carries the reader forward except for Lewis's ideas and descriptions.It's frustrating because Lewis is a better writer than this. The Silver Chair and Voyage of the Dawn Treader were effective because characters’ actions illuminated Lewis’s ideas through unique plots, whereas here he rehashes scripture as if the characters are sitting and reading the Bible. It's bad storytelling. It's boring. Christian literature does not have to be boring. I would say that previous books by Lewis are examples of great Christian literature, where Aslan is powerful and meaningful both to the characters and to the reader. I thought that Lewis's lazy use of Aslan was a one-time thing in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I thought I was watching him get better over time at using all his characters effectively. That's what makes this book very, very disappointing for me--I thought he realized how heavy-handed he'd been in the first book and found better ways of showing his faith and telling stories at the same time. I guess not. Maybe I'm being a silly English major, but I think story is more important to a book than the viewpoints contained within it. Nail the story, hit something universal, and you'll touch even those diametrically opposed to everything you believe. Use the pages of a book to shout your opinions, and you'll resonate only with those who already agree with you.

  • Carmen de la Rosa
    2019-01-25 14:16

    Antes de leer este libro me hice spoiler (me odio jajaja) y no se si fue por eso, que al leerlo se veía venir ese final... (view spoiler)[Entiendo porque fue un final de impacto, el saber que todos estaban muertos (en nuestro mundo) porque hubo un accidente de ferrocarril, pero al leer todo lo que decían los Pevensie, te das cuenta que era algo que ya se veía venir(hide spoiler)]La trama me pareció entretenida, pero pensaba que siendo el ultimo libro, sucedería la más grande batalla de Narnia, pero no, fue super sencilla y honestamente no entendí como terminó, es que lo poco que entendí fue que simplemente vino Aslan y mató a Narnia y se los llevo a otro mundo donde todos están vivos y nuestro mundo se junta con el otro de alguna manera y que todo es mejor allí, lo único que me gusto de la nueva Narnia fue que estuvieran todos los personajes de la saga (aunque quería que apareciera Caspian y tuviera un momento especial).Un punto negativo de este libro fue que no le dio mucho protagonismo a los Pevensie, cosa que me disgustó, esperaba que tuvieran mayor participación, sobre Susan nunca me cayo bien, Pole y Scrubb aunque si me caen bien, no me gusta que lleven las voces cantante en la trama. Mi shippeo sobre Cor y Aravis, se hizo más grande ya que según se casaron y fueron reyes de Archeland, awwww, morí.Al leer que la corrupción en Narnia casi desterró ese lugar tan mágico de mi mente, fue algo impactante pero me gustó que se mostrara ese aspecto de la sociedad ( ya que es algo que esta pasando hoy en día).En fin, no estuvo tan mal, pero tampoco era la clase de final que merecía esta saga, simplemente no fue suficiente, al menos para mí. Hablando de la saga en general, creo que es bastante entretenida pero muy infantil. Sé que si la hubiera leído cuando era una niña la habría disfrutado mucho más que ahora. De todas formas no me arrepiento de haberla leído ya que le tenía muchas ganas.Mi libro favorito ha sido El Príncipe Caspian porque me encantaron los personajes y las aventuras que vivieron. El que menos me gustó fue La Silla de Plata ya que me aburrió un poco.En general le doy a la saga 3.75 estrellas y aunque no esta en mi top 5 de sagas, creo que ha sido una bonita experiencia haberla leído.Por último me gustaría añadir que le recomiendo la saga a todos, sobre todo a los niños o a las personas que sean padres, porque creo que es una de esas historias que debería leer todo el mundo.

  • Nikki
    2019-01-22 07:28

    I think I liked The Last Battle even less, this time round, than I usually do. It doesn't have the Narnia magic: it has barely any characters to sympathise with, and the tone is all wrong. I do like the universalist sentiments, i.e. that anyone who does good deeds, no matter whose name they're doing them in, is serving the one true God. But I dislike that there is a one particular true God, and I dislike that it's so strongly divided on racial terms. The treatment of Susan is... annoying, too, though it's always worth noting -- which some people don't seem to notice -- that she isn't banned from Aslan's country. She hasn't died yet: Narnia's world ended, but ours did not. She lived on past the end of The Last Battle. There's time for her yet. But yeah, the fact that she's interested in typically feminine pursuits shouldn't exclude her from Aslan's country.Obviously, this one hits my bugbear a lot with the sharp Narnian/Calormen divide. There's Emeth, the 'good' Calormen, and arguably Aravis, but... still.