The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis – A discussion (contains spoilers)

The Horse and His Boy

The Horse and His Boy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The third book in the series veers from the rest of the chronicles.  It’s sort of a story within a story and takes place during the reign of the four siblings (Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan) when they are adults and before they have returned to the wardrobe.

It is probably my least favourite story in the series but still has its moments of Lewis genius.


* I find the beginning of the story quite slow and only picks up when Bree and Shasta meet Hwin and Aravis and they are chased by lions.

* The part where Edmund and Susan are plotting how to get away from a suitor is quite entertaining.  It is interesting to see the characters in a more grown up setting.

* One of my favourite parts if the story is when Shasta is at the tombs alone and the cat comforts him.  I find it quite touching.

* The scene where the lion is chasing the horses and children  – action writing at its best.

* Shasta is a heroic character who starts off as nothing special but by the end is a long lost prince who is quite the hero.

QUOTES from the Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

– ‘Do not dare not to dare.’

– ‘I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept.’

– “That’s my fear, Susan,” said Edmund.  “Wife: or slave which is worse.”

– “Good-bye,” said Aravis, “and I thought your dresses lovely. And I think your house is lovely too. I’m sure you’ll have a lovely life-though it wouldn’t suit me.”

– “It is very true,” said Edmund. “But even a traitor may mend. I have known one who did.” And he looked very thoughtful.’

– ‘Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I’m afraid, even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up, they were so used to quarrelling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.’


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