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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #3)

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Lucy and Edmund, with their dreadful cousin Eustace, get magically pulled into a painting of a ship at sea. That ship is the Dawn Treader, and on board is Caspian, King of Narnia. He and his companions, including Reepicheep, the valiant warrior mouse, are searching for seven lost lords of Narnia, and their voyage will take them to the edge of the world. Their adventures in ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by HarperCollins (first published September 15th 1952)
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Jens Raab The answer to this very good question is quite simple: there is no fixed relation between the passing of time on Earth and Narnia.
Lewis addresses this…more
The answer to this very good question is quite simple: there is no fixed relation between the passing of time on Earth and Narnia.
Lewis addresses this very issue in the first chapter of "Voyage":
'Narnian time flows differently from ours. If you spent a hundred years in Narnia, you would still come back to our world at the very same hour of the very same day on which you left. And then, if you went back to Narnia after spending a week here, you might find that a thousand Narnian years had passed, or only a day, or no time at all. You never know till you get there.'





SPOILERS for "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", "Prince Caspian" and "The Silver Chair" from here on!







Actually, this fact is already obvious in "Prince Caspian" where towards the end of the novel we learn about the origin of the Telmarine people. Descended from shipwrecked pirates in the South Sea, they came to Telmar even long before the 100-year reign of the White Witch over Narnia. It is not clear exactly when this group of shipwrecked pirates that were to become the Telmarines came to Telmar. It could be centuries ago but it is sure that a good amount of time must have passed because on this island 'the race of those pirates who first found it has died out, and it is without inhabitants'. So, while in our world many decades or even centuries have passed, the advent of the Telmarines certainly does not date tens or hundreds of thousands of years back in the Narnian world, which one would expect if the same relation of passing of time applied to the pirates than to the Pevensie kids.

Also remember that Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy reigned decades as kings and queens of Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" and yet when they return to our world at the end of this novel they step out of the wardrobe just instances, not days, after they entered it because they can still hear the visitors outside the room.

This pattern is upheld in later novels. When Eustace and Jill get to Narnia, Eustace's previous adventure on the Dawn Treader has happened just one school term earlier but in Narnia seventy years have passed.

So, Lewis sticks to his statement made in "Voyage": you can never be sure how much time has passed in Narnia.
While this is convenient for him as an author, providing him with liberties of storytelling, it also adds an element of suspense to the reader because you can never know when the next adventure will happen in the Narnian timeline! :-)(less)
Natalie There's less fighting definitely. It's less dark as well but just as good, I think better but that's my opinion.

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Patrick
It feels odd to mark this book as anything less than five stars. It was a huge part of my childhood.

What's more, this book is part of the reason I'm a decent public speaker these days. I joined forensics because this was the book that was being used for extemporaneous reading. (I didn't even know what forensics was when I started, just that I liked the book.)

And there are things I like here. Good things. It's a fun adventure story. There are cool settings. Action. Tension. The different nature o
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
My absolute favorite quote in the entire book.

In the latest installment, Lucy, Edmund and their cousin (Eustace) were having a bit of a tiff when they were suddenly pulled into a ship painting. (Apparently, you can get to Narnia just about any which way.)

They land on Prince King Caspian's ship, where we meet almost an entirely new cast of characters setting sail to find the seven lost lords of Narnia.
“Do you mean to sa
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P
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“Adventures are never fun while you're having them.”




The pace of this book was kind of slow for me, I spent seven days for the first half of this book. Then when the adventure comes, everything just gets better and better. I enjoyed how The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe vibes, even though it reminded me of some parts of Pirates of the Caribbean.



“One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts.”


The ideas were flowing,
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Dannii Elle
This is my fourth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

This started rather poignantly for me, as the story opens with two of the Pevensie siblings returning to Narnia, with their cousin Eustace in tow. Without the elder Pevensie children I initially felt like some of the earlier allure was lost for me, as it acted as a reminder that we all reach an age where we grow up and magic refuses to become a possib
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3), C.S. Lewis
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1952. The Voyage features a second return to the Narnia world, about three years later in Narnia and one year later in England, by Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, the younger two of the four English children featured in the first two books. Prince Caspian is now King Caspian X. He leads a sea voyage to the eastern end of
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Mariel
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: star witness
Recommended to Mariel by: that teenage feeling
I knew that the new film version of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was going to be bad. I did not know that it was going to be that retarded that I'd question my faith in my own taste. (Not that I don't like retarded stuff. But boring too? Ouch.) Was the book that bad? I don't remember all of it. It's been years since I've read it. Lauren, you're never picking the movie ever again.

A video game version of the movie would be better than the movie. At least it would be more difficult! What the fuck
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Laz
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Having read the first book back in Christmas and feeling confused about the reading order I'll say that this was a very enjoyable and easy to read children's book. I'm still struggling to find out who the reading order of Narnia is. I've seen that this is either the 2nd or the 5th book but then again I've seen it being named the 3rd book. I'm just going to read it however I want and hope it'll all be fine. At least, I don't there was any missing detail from the book, so that must be a good thing ...more
Sophia Triad
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, children
Time for a Christmassy reread :)

Review later
Calista
I read this as a child. The end of this book with it's end of the earth myth expanded my mind back then. I really enjoyed Reepicheep. He was unexpected. The two older children- Peter and Susan were not in this one and I thought that was sad, but it still works out. This is a good series and a quick read.
Rebekah Rodda
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
Such a rich fantasy adventure full of unforgettable episodes - a boy-dragon, a Midas pool, invisible enemies, little Sea people, a fearless mouse, an enchanted table, the island where dreams come true and more. And above all Aslan. Truly a pleasure to read to my young children.

The most unforgettable scene in this (and so worth remembering) is when Lucy magically overhears her friend gossiping about her and how that irrevocably changes their relationship - a thought-provoking reminder of the effe
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Elaina
This is probably my favorite so far out of the series!! :D I LOVE THESE CHARACTERS SO MUCH!! lol All the adventures they went on, and Eustace’s gradual character development were just so good…it took me a little longer to get through this than I would have liked because of how busy I’ve been, but it was so worth it and I’m glad I finally got the chance to read it! The ending though gave me chills…sort of in a good way I guess haha I almost started tearing up, but I was outside surrounded by peop ...more
Kellyn Roth
My BFF thinks this book is boring ... but I disagree. I really love it. All of the little islands they visit hold an amazing story. I just can't believe the movie wrecked this beautiful adventure so!

~Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews
Daniel
Jul 31, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
The strongest of the three "Chronicles of Narnia" books I've read so far, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" opens with a wonderful first line: "There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it." Eustace, a cousin to the four Pevensie children, who the first two books focused on, is the designated asshole in this entry, taking up the mantle carried by Edmund in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and Susan in "Prince Caspian."

I've complained about this trope in my other
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Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
The ending felt extremely abrupt after the rest of the story. I'm hoping hoping hoping we see Reepicheep again. I love that Mouse. Derek Jacobi's narration was good although I much prefer Eddie Izzard's Reepicheep vocal to a Mickey Mouse derivative; Reep is NOT Mickey.
Crispitina30
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro se convertirá en uno de los más especiales de mi vida, y por una razón muy concreta.

Ayer día 17 de agosto se produjo un atentado terrorista en Barcelona, la ciudad donde nací y donde resido desde siempre. Esta mañana me he levantado muy desanimada, triste y pensando en todo lo ocurrido. En las personas que han perdido injustamente la vida, personas que tenían sus sueños, propósitos y gente que las quería. Yo ayer estuve a punto de acercarme por esa zona, había quedado con un amigo pre
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Carmen de la Rosa
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esto comenzó de manera bastante conmovedora para mí, ya que la historia comienza con solo dos de los hermanos Pevensie que regresan a Narnia y con su primo Eustace (por accidente). Sin los niños mayores Pevensie al principio sentí un poco que el encanto de la infancia se iba, ya que es como un recordatorio de que todos alcanzamos una edad en la que crecemos y la magia se niega a convertirse en una posibilidad. Pero rápidamente olvidé mis reservas y una vez más quedé arrastrada por la admiración ...more
Frogy (Ivana)
Moram da priznam da me je Ripičip baš nervirao, ali su mi zato Smotavci ili Smotopadi sjajni :)
Neda
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
خیلی بهتر از جلد قبل بود.. ماجراها عالی بودن و پیش می رفتم به ویژه اولهای کتاب.
اما یه چیزی رو چندان دوست نداشتم اونم اینه که دوست داشتم سرزمین اسلان رو بیشتر توضیح بده و یا یه جوریهایی بیشتر خود اسلان هم باشه توش..
خب اما این مانع این نمیشه که 5 تا ستاره رو بهش ندم..
:)
بسی لذت بردم..
^-^
Victoria Hansen
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
REVIEW COMING SOON.
Deborah Markus
I loved this book, both as a child and again as an adult, because it takes me on the kind of adventure I'd love but know I can never have: a long, long sail (cool) into magic lands (über cool).

It's also sprinkled with wonderful, memorable quotes and moments. I loved the bit where Lucy is looking down into the water and sees the mermaid, who looks up just in time to see Lucy looking at her. They can't speak and they're separated almost before they can lock eyes, but it's a moment neither of them
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Manny
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it
The new movie version? Well, I fell asleep halfway through, so I can't swear that I remember all of this correctly. I think that they went off in a boat to find the evil green mist that was kidnapping people in City of Lost Children.

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Then, um, Lucy was tempted to become a vampire

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but thought better of it after a conversation with Aslan, and after that there was a fight between Godzilla

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and the Dark Overlord from Howard the Duck.

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At the end, Puss in Boots from Shrek

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fell off the end of the world. Or
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Olivier Delaye
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was listening to this the other day walking down the streets of Paris when it became apparent to me that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is not only an amazing Fantasy story but also proof that even the most obnoxious and seemingly irredeemable people can still be saved and reminded of what life is all about: love, tolerance, friendship, faith, understanding, and of course adventure and discoveries. Under its veneer of simplicity, this book is all that and more. Much more. The Narnia Chronicles ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
I love this book. It drags a tiny bit in the middle but goodness, that ending is breathtaking. I sobbed of course! Lol this one is tied for my favorite with Magicians Nephew. Now onto the final two books which I never read as a kid! Ahh
Natalie
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Still isn't my favorite Narnia book, but I liked it so much better this time around. :) Narnia is just...no words describe it well enough. <3
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Loved. The Eustace transformation scene is just the BEST. Pretty much any scene with Aslan.
Claire
This book has what I would say is definitely one of the World's Top Five Best Opening Lines: "There was a boy named Eustace Clarence Scrubbs, and he almost deserved it." Eustace is an awesomely bitchy character who gets satisfyingly smacked down a couple of times by Ultimate Children's Fiction Dreamboat Prince Caspian. Lucy and Edmund feature prominently, as well as an AWESOME character, Reepicheep the valiant warrior mouse. I freakin' LOVE Reepicheep. This was always my favorite of the Narnia b ...more
Selene Matheson
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book Five in my Box Set
Kat Kennedy
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There are few books that I've read that I love more than this book. However, if I had to choose a movie adaptation to punch in the face - it would be this one.
Madeline
Jul 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
My favorite Narnia book so far. Lucy, Edmund, and their cousin ("called Eustace Clarence Stubb, and he almost deserved it") get accidentally transported onto King Caspian's ship, which is starting a journey to the eastern sea. The book is mostly just little episodes where they visit different islands, all of which are very different and very interesting. As I drew closer to the end of the book, I was fully prepared to give it five stars. BUT THEN came the ending. Specifically, one thing Aslan to ...more
Karina
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
My favorite in the series so far!
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature
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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
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“It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?"
"But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan.
"Are -are you there too, Sir?" said Edmund.
"I am," said Aslan. "But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
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