Narnia...where horses talk and hermits like company, where evil men turn into donkeys, where boys go into battle...and where the adventure begins.
During the Golden Age of Narnia, when Peter is High King, a boy named Shasta discovers he is not the son of Arsheesh, the Calormene fisherman, and decides to run far away to the North--to Narnia. When he is mistaken for another runaway, Shasta is led to discover who he really is and even finds his real father.
Carnegie Medal Commendation,
British Library Association
" It looked endless: wild and lonely and free."
A really good yarn, as Lewis might say. But what caught my imagination was the way in which Lewis introduces the overruling providence of God into the story through Aslan. Aslan tells Shasta, 'I was the lion who forced you...,' 'I was the cat who comforted you ...,' I was the lion who drove the jackals from you ...,' I was the lion who gave the horses new strength ...' But then he takes the overruling providence of God right back to the beginning of Shasta's life: 'And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you.'
And then there is that delightful incident, reminiscent of Doubting Thomas before Jesus, when Bree the horse doesn't really believe Aslan is a true beast. 'Now Bree, you poor, proud, frightened horse, draw near. Nearer still, my son. Do not dare not to dare. Touch me. Smell me. Here are my paws, here is my tail, there are my whiskers. I am a true Beast.'...Continua