Review: “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” by C.S. Lewis

For the love of books

Edmund and Lucy Pevensie are waiting for that climatic moment when they will be ushered back to Narnia again.  However, magic happens when they least expect it, and they are accompanied to Narnia by an unwelcome character, their mean cousin Eustace Scrubb.  The three children join Caspian, now King of Narnia, on his vessel, the Dawn Treader, to travel the Eastern Seas and find seven missing lords.

The two Pevensies and Eustace are drawn into many fascinating adventures both on land and on the sea until they reach the very end of Narnia and Aslan’s country.  C.S. Lewis does include analogies to the New Testament in The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’, chronologically the fifth volume in The Chronicles of Narnia.  For example, when the lamb in Aslan’s country offers fish to the Pevensies and Eustace, it is a scene remarkably similar to that in the Gospel of John, when the resurrected Christ prepares fish on the shore and then offers it to his disciples.  The lamb is a known symbol of Christ.  Moreover, the lamb in this novel transforms into the lion Aslan, perhaps suggesting the duality of Christ’s nature.

The wonders and horrors the voyagers encounter during their journey are of an interesting variety.  Every island and the sea itself has a different curiosity, from dragons and a sea serpent to invisible creatures called Dufflepuds who shun any common sense and expired stars resembling beautiful people.  Eustace himself is turned into a dragon as a result of his greed, and the lesson is worthwhile because Eustace begins to change his attitude and his actions toward others.  Every chapter unveils new lands, new characters, morals, and wisdom.  It is a pleasure to experience the depths of the author’s imagination in The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’.

Original review: Part 5: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis, Examiner.com

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