The Last Battle

The conclusion of the saga that beganwith The Magician's NephewNARNIAwhere you must say goodbyed where the adventure begins againThe Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia when Narnia is stirred and upset And Narnia is in trouble now A false Aslan The LastMOBI #242roams the land Narnia's only hope is that Eustace and Jill, old friends to Narnia, will be able to find the true Aslan and restore peace to the land Their task is a difficult one because, as the Centaur says, The stars never lie, but Men and Beastsdo Who is the real Aslan and who is the imposter?.The Last Battle

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  • Paperback
  • 211 pages
  • The Last Battle
  • C.S. Lewis
  • English
  • 10 February 2018

10 thoughts on “The Last Battle

  1. says:

    When I used to read the Chronicles as a kid, I would usually stop at Dawn Treader or Silver Chair. Now I realise that as a kid I was a lot smarter than I gave myself credit for, for "The Last Battle" is an absolute shocker of a book. It is racist, sexist, fundamentalist rhetoric disguised as children's literature.

    Those 'darkies' (yes, that's how they're referred to in the book, along with stinking of 'onions and garlic') are invading Narnia again, at the guidance of a monkey (groan for obvious racist parallels once more) parading around a false Aslan. Thank goodness those pure white children are called upon once more to put things right! Oh, except for Susan, of course, who is apparently slutting around the real world because she can think of nothing but 'nylons and stockings' and as Peter says gravely, "She is no longer a friend of Narnia."

    And that is the dangerous fundamentalist thought throughout this book. Susan, who seems to be discovering her sexuality, is denied entrance to Narnia. She was a Queen of Narnia, and saved it many times in battle. But, no, piss off, Susan. You're not good enough anymore. But the 'deathbed conversion' of the false Aslan still allows him to go to Narn - I mean, Heaven.

    I just can't let the fate of Susan go, even days after finishing this book. All the Pevensy children (bar Susan, of course) discover they and their parents are dead at the end of the story and with a final 'yay!' like a brainwashed Rod and Todd Flanders, skip merrily up the steps to heaven. No chance at life for them. But Susan is left in the real world, with her siblings, parents and cousin all wiped out.

    This is the final message you want to leave to your kids? No wonder this book is so popular with fundamentalists. In the end, their rhetoric is 'you're either with us or against us'. It doesn't seem very Christian at all, does it?

  2. says:

    I think this is the first book I've ever hated. And that list is pretty short. As a child, it really distressed me - I didn't understand much of it, and it confused me why its tone was so very different from the other Narnia books. Then, when I reread it a few years ago, it just pissed me off. The message about religious pluralism is refreshing, sure, but the book just plain reads wrong, and I will probably never get over Lewis's treatment of Susan. I guess if you don't believe in God, you deserve to lose your entire family in a train crash. Awesome.

    I suppose there is some hope in that Susan did not die - maybe her family's gruesome deaths will help her find God, and then a train will kill her too, and she'll join Peter, Edmund, and Lucy in Aslan's country! Bleargh.

  3. says:

    A dismayingly poor conclusion to the series... I honestly don't understand why a fair number of people apparently like it. (I believe it even won some kind of award). The writing is flat and uninspired compared to the earlier volumes, and the preaching has completely taken over the narrative. Oddly enough, a lot of it also comes across as extremely immoral. Let's not even get into the question of whether the treatment of the Calormenes and their god Tash is racist or bigoted. The thing that really annoys me is the way that foolish, deluded Puzzle, who acts as front man in a religious coup by agreeing to don the lion skin and impersonate Aslan, is somehow given a free pass. Why, exactly? He was only obeying orders? It seems to me that this is reductio ad absurdum, taking the notion of Christian forgiveness to its logical and extremely nasty conclusion, and I still have no idea what C.S. Lewis thought he was doing. If George W. Bush could read, he would probably find this book rather comforting.

    [Update, Oct 2014]

    The following passage from Knausgård's Min kamp 6, which I read yesterday, expresses the point I wished to make rather better than I did (my translation):

    Grace removes all distinctions, in grace we are all equal. The radicality of this idea is so great that we can hardly grasp it. But it is this, and nothing else, that Christianity is about. There are no differences between people. The worst person is worth just as much as the best. Jesus said: if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek. He is a person like you, he is you. It is an inhuman thought, because it is thought outside our social structures. It is indeed a godlike thought. Adolf Hitler has just as much worth as the Jews he gassed to death. It dissolves our identities, they have been created by difference, and that is what makes Christianity unrealisable, we cannot think ourselves away, it is too much to lose, it is all we have.

    [Update, Aug 2017]

    If I understand him correctly, Donald Trump is saying the same thing in his already-famous 'many sides' speech. No one is worth more than anyone else, Trump apparently wants to tell us. The neo-nazi who drives his car into the crowd of protesters is worth just as much as the woman he kills, because we are all children of God. But as Knausgård notes, this is a difficult idea for mortals to comprehend. And to be honest, I believe Trump could also have phrased it better.

  4. says:

    The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7), C.S. Lewis

    The Last Battle is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by The Bodley Head in 1956. It was the seventh and final novel in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

    The Last Battle is set almost entirely in the Narnia world and the English children who participate arrive only in the middle of the narrative.

    The novel is set some 200 Narnian years after The Silver Chair and about 2500 years (and 49 Earth years) since the creation of the world narrated in The Magician's Nephew. A false Aslan is set up in the north-western borderlands and conflict between true and false Narnians merges with that between Narnia and Calormen, whose people worship Tash. It concludes with termination of the world by Aslan, after a "last battle" that is practically lost. ...

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژانویه سال 2002 میلادی

    عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب هفت آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری؛ منوچهر کریم زاده، کتابهای کیمیا، تهران خیابان ولی عصر، بالاتر از میدان ونک، 1379؛ در شش و 173ص؛ چاپ دوم 1382؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ چاپ چهارم 1393؛

    عنوان: آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده سی ‌اس لویس‏‫؛ تصویرگر پولین بینز‬؛ ‏‫مترجم فهیمه رحمتی؛ تهران، آسو، 1397؛ در 168ص؛ شابک 9786008755876؛

    عنوان: آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده سی.اس لوئیس‏‫؛ تصویرگر پولین‌دایانا بینز؛ مترجم پیمان اسماعیلیان‌؛ ویراستار شهرام رجب‌زاده؛ تهران: قدیانی، کتابهای بنفشه؛ 1387؛ در 264 ص؛ شابک 9789644178559؛ چاپ دوم 1390؛ چاپ سوم 1394؛

    عنوان: آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده: سی.اس. لوییس؛ مترجم زهره گرامی؛ ویراستار فاطمه ستوده؛ تهران، پنجره‏‫، 1387؛ در 184ص؛ شابک 9789648890860؛ چاپ دوم 1390؛

    نارنیا دنیایی است، که در آن حیوانات سخن میگویند؛ جادو امری رایج است، و خوبی به جنگ با بدی میرود؛ آغاز داستان آفرینش نارنیا، در روز نخست با آواز اصلان شیر، و سخنگو شدن حیوانات، با جادوی اصلان است، و پایان آن در کتاب آخرین نبرد آمده است، تا سرگذشت نارنیا و ماجرای کودکانی را بگوید که نقش اصلی، در تاریخچهٔ دنیای نارنیا را بازی می‌کنند؛ در هر کتاب از این مجموعه (به جز اسب و آدمش) کودکانی از دنیای ما، به صورت جادویی به نارنیا میروند، جایی که از آن‌ها خواسته می‌شود، تا به اصلان شیر یاری برسانند؛ زندگی آنها در این جهان است، و تمام ماجراهایشان در نارنیای خیال انگیز میگذرد، حالا، سرانجام فصل نخست داستان بزرگ را، که هیچکس بر روی زمین، آن را نخوانده است؛ آغاز میکنند، که تا ابد ادامه مییابد و در آن هر فصل بهتر از فصل پیشین است؛ ا. شربیانی

  5. says:

    Lewis understands the way the world works better than any other writer I have ever read. It's likely due to his appreciation for story and powerful imagination fed by scripture. This book was eye opening for me to feel truth about how deception and our societies work in rebellion to God, through a fictional story. It was painful to recognize the major battle and struggle that is so slippery and subtle in our own lives. It would feel better to feel the stark good vs evil contrast in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it wouldn't be as cutting or true as this "Last Battle".

  6. says:


    I mean, seriously? The happiest ending possible is for everyone to die and go to heaven? At first I thought that since Susan had stopped believing in Narnia and Aslan, she didn't get to go to "heaven", but then I realised she wasn't actually on the train so she's still alive. How absolutely horrible, losing her siblings and her parents. But you know, better that than being dead. Sorry, C.S. Lewis, I'm not converted.

  7. says:

    If I had the energy to describe how bad this is, I still wouldn't be able to describe how bad this is.

  8. says:

    “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!”

    Aaaah! I can't believe I am done with this series... honestly, I did not expect to be so much involved with it by the end. When I read the first book (I read them in publication order, so my first one was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), I thought: "well, this is a cute story, I like it well enough"; then I went on and I wasn't really a fan of the middle books. But then I read The Magician's Nephew and this one and woah! I was blown away by the beauty and poetry of it all.

    The last chapters of this books, the last chapters of the Chronicles of Narnia, are one of the most poetic and beautiful things I ever read; and I won't lie - I was moved to tears. It's just, the beauty of Aslan is just too much. I can't believe I waited since adulthood to read this whole series! And I am so glad I pushed through those middle books. Now I am sure I will re-read this series some time in the future! Beautiful.

  9. says:

    The Last Battle, is chronologically the last book in the series of Narnia - it is coincidentaly also perhaps the last book I would ever reread lmao.

    Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I found boring and dull, but oh boy at least it didn't make me want to throw it into the sun after reading the last page. I'm giving it two stars instead of one, only because I initially liked where the story was going, as well as enjoying a lot of the newly introduced characters.

    - SPOILERS from here on out! -

    This book is so fundamentally different from the other six books in the series - the other books are wonderfull adventures, that have hardships sure, but all of them have a happy ending - a happy ending is of course not the only way to end a good book, but it is the classic formula for middle grade stories, that C. S. Lewis' other books in the series all follow.

    Not only does the Last Battle take place in a Narnia that is so utterly miserable and depressing that you can hardly believe what you're reading, it also brings Lewis' religious preachings to a nauseating climax from which you can no longer ignore the religious undertones - no, the fact that Aslan is God, and Narnia = Heaven is shoved right into your face.

    Lewis brings back the fan faveourite Pevensie children as well as all the other children who visited Narnia over the series - this should be something that would make the reader happy right?? Why sure! I thought it was great for a hot minute, until Peter and Aslan announced that Susan had turned into a superficial whore, who could no longer be welcomed into Narnia (heaven).

    Also... The ending??!! I always imagined that the books would end with the Pevensie children (and everyone else) returning to Narnia, once they were old and grey (and dead) so that they could finally go into Aslan's country. But no, they straight up die in a train accident, and Aslan and the children are happy about this??? wtf. In my opinion, the religious undertones just take up waaaaayy too much of the story in this one.

    Now onto my general rant about C. S. Lewis...

    On one hand, I think he is absolutely brilliant, the world of Narnia is such a beautiful place, and I love the way he builds his world as well as the atmosphere he creates - when I was a kid I wanted so badly to go exploring through Narnia, to befriend beavers and satyrs and fight evil villains for the good of Aslan. Worldbuilding and storytelling are things Mr. Lewis does very very well.

    However, when it comes to characterization I feel like Mr. Lewis was so insanely lazy in his creation of characters.
    If not for their physical descriptions, I would not be able to tell Eustace and Edmund, or Lucy and Jill apart. The children of these books have NO personalities whatsoever. They are blank slates! Now, of course sometimes it can be good with a main character who is a little bit of a blank slate - in this way readers can easily put themselves in the characters shoes. But that effect is overdone here. Instead, the children of Narnia are all the same pure and white, english children.

    Now Lewis' books about Narnia were of course written in the 1950's, which explains a lot my problems with the characters - the weird and stiff relationships the Pevensie siblings have with each other... Despite them being brothers and sisters. The lack of personality in the characters can also be explained by this.
    However, there are some things I can't excuse from Mr. Lewis, and that is his blatant sexism and racism (the calormenes) which is so clear throughout the entire series and which just really put a damper on my enjoyment of the books.

    In conclusion... I like the idea of Narnia and the stories we follow - I like it as an adventure - but I dislike the overall message Mr. Lewis tried to tell about what kind of people deserves to go to heaven... So, I'll say this controversial bit - I do like the movies more than I like the books and I hope that whatever Netflix decides to make, whether it's a tv series or some new movies, that they focus more on the magical and amazing adventures and less on the religious undertones.

  10. says:

    The first part of this book was so difficult for me to get through. I hated how Narnia had become so tainted. Everything was so utterly depressing, but thankfuly, things did not stay that way. The last half is so wonderful. I hardly knew what to do with myself after reading it for the first time.

    Of any of the worlds I've read about, Narnia is the one I would most like to visit or better yet, live in forever. I think that speaks to C.S. Lewis' ability to understand the longing of the human soul to be united with God.

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