The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A Discussion (may contain spoilers)

I think because I haven’t read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as many times as earlier books in the series I under-estimated how good it was.  It’s an exciting tale with interesting characters and a plot that is full of twists and turns.

NOTES:

* Amazingly (unlike all of the rest of the book in the series), the characters don’t get into Narnia until page 12.  Necessary because of the introduction of Eustace Scrubb, a brand new character.

* The description of the Dawn Treader is vivid and you can imagine how it looks and where everything is located.

* I liked the inclusion of Eustace’s diary during the storm – it made it more realistic.

* The story of how Eustace turns into a dragon and subsequently has a change of heart about how he feels about Narnia and his comrades is delightful.

* One of my favourite parts of the books is when they are on the Island of the Voices and when Lucy goes into the magicians house.  Suspenseful, and the description of the house is fascinating.

* I always found it sad when they leave Reepicheep at the end of the world and when Aslan tells Lucy and Edmund that they would not be returning to Narnia.

QUOTES:

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

– ‘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.’

– ‘The others were too exhausted to see what Lucy saw.  There, a few yards behind them, the loop of the Sea Serpent’s body got rapidly smaller and disappeared into a splash.  Lucy always said (but of course she was very excited at the moment, and it may have been only imagination) that she saw a look of idiotic satisfaction on the creature’s face.’

– ‘It would have been nicer if there had not been strange signs painted in scarlet on the doors – twisty complicated things which obviously had a meaning and it mightn’t be a very nice meaning either.’

– “Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”

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First Lines

photoMaybe I have too much time on my hands but I decided to go through my library and find some first lines that captured my attention in an attempt to improve my own writing skills.

Here they are;

* ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.’ – Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities

* ‘I am an invisible man.’ – Ralph Ellison Invisible Man

* ‘When I think of my wife, I always think of her head.’ – Gillian Flynn Gone Girl

* ‘There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb. and he almost deserved it.’ –  C.S. Lewis The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

* ‘This is a story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve’ – Wilkie Collins The Woman in White

* ‘In the days following the holocaust, which came to be known as the Great White, there was death and madness.’ – Isobelle Carmody Obernewtyn

* ‘It was a little before nine o’clock, the sun was setting into a bank of smoky violet cloud and I had lost my way.’  – Susan Hill The Small Hand

* ‘My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie’ – Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones

* ‘One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it: – it was the black kitten’s fault entirely’ – Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass

* ‘Jack Torrence thought: Officious little prick.’ – Stephen King The Shining

* ‘When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the cinema, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home’ – S.E. Hinton The Outsiders

* ‘I don’t really know what I am doing here.’ – John Marsden So much to tell you

* ‘Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice: vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonour her.’ – Mario Puzo The Godfather

* ‘Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.’ – Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

* ‘I haven’t laid eyes on the island in several years.’ – Dennis Lehane Shutter Island