The Horse and His Boy

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Pick up this page-turning tale of surprising friendship…

“I wish you could talk, old fellow.”And then for a second he thought he was dreaming, for quite distinctly, though in a low voice, the Horse said, “But I can.”Shasta stared into its great eyes and his own grew almost as big, with astonishment. “How ever did you learn to talk?” he asked.What would you do if you found out that the man you thought was your father wasn’t even related to you, and that he was planning to sell you into slavery? Suddenly faced with this dilemma, a boy named Shasta forms a perfectly logical plan – to run away, to the North, with a talking horse belonging to a southern lord. Published fifth in a series of seven books, The Horse and His Boy is my favorite installment in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series.
Shasta, raised in the home of a fisherman in the country of Calormen, soon embarks on a magnificent journey. Before long, though, his journey takes an unexpected turn. A young noblewoman named Aravis joins the Horse and the Boy, mounted on her own Narnian mare, Hwin. Born in the country both were trying to escape, she isn’t sure about Shasta but follows the advice of her mare. Bree, the Narnian horse travelling with Shasta, is glad to have them, unlike his rider.The story that follows is equal parts humor, honesty and adventure. Shasta and Aravis don’t get along very well, and sometimes Bree and Hwin bicker as well. Both the horses believe in Narnia, having been born there, but Bree isn’t a believer in Aslan the way Hwin is. Shasta and Aravis didn’t even know there was a Narnia to go to until the horses told them.As with his other Narnia books, Lewis uses his allegorical parallels of Aslan, Narnia, magic and the Golden Age of Narnia to show the reader truths about themselves, God, and the world. The Horse and His Boy also explores the idea that people don’t have to be the same, or even think the same, to be allies. Shasta, Aravis, Bree, and Hwin grow to be close friends, and only the horses have much of anything in common. The book is a stellar work and well worth reading at least once, twice … or thirty times. To parody a popular saying, “If you don’t wear out the book from reading it, you’re doing it wrong!” ++++++++

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Reporter, Robyn Pliscott, writes news and media reviews for The Brandon Beacon.  

 

 

 

 

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