The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
Originally published: 1956
The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis is the 7th and final book in the Narnia Series.
There is both a silly side and a serious side to this one, an end-of-the-world type of seriousness. There are a lot of Christianity comparisons, but it can still be read without thinking about them.
In Narnia, an ape named Shift dresses up in a lions costume and through a some-what dimwitted donkey named Puzzle, convinces a lot of the Narnians that he is Aslan, and to cut down the talking trees and give the money to the Calormenes. Narnia’s King Tirian and his friend, a unicorn named Jewel, recognize the lie, but when he confronts them, he is captured.
Tirian calls on Aslan for help, and some of our old friends appear. Peter, Edmund, Lucy, Eustace, Jill, Digory and Polly show up to help. You will notice Susan did not appear. This is because “she no longer believes”. Rescues are made. The end of the world arrives, and Aslan welcomes the faithful into his country.
On the good side, it has a rather hopeful ending, as it is supposedly the true beginning of a new and great story.
On the other side, I had a few problems with more racism, and the fact that Susan wasn’t worthy of Aslan’s kingdom.
Favorite Quotes of the Last Battle:
“Yes,” said Queen Lucy. “In our world too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”
All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
Read: March 2016