The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
Plugging on – I am now finished with book 5 of the Chronicles of Narnia Series. The book features the two younger children, Edmund and Lucy, and brings in their cousin Eustace who’s home they are in when the three are brought back to Narnia through a picture hanging on a bedroom wall. (NIce touch Mr. Lewis)
The children meet up with Caspian right away on his boat The Dawn Treader, and they all go off to seek out the 7 Lords who were Caspians father’s friends. Eustace at this point is not a likable child, very spoiled, bratty, and on this adventure he starts journaling the trials of this awful ship and the awful people in it.
I think the best Christian message that comes out of the book is when Eustace while on shore wanders off to a dragons liar. He falls asleep here, only to wake up and find that he has turned into a dragon, pretty much turning his ugliness of the inside to the outside. He now realizes what a pain he has been and how good everyone has been to him. After days of being a dragon, he meets up with Aslan who tells him he much shed his skin to be clean, and through the Dragon’s (Eustace) scratching, the scales began to fall off, however he discovers he is unable to do it without Aslan’s help (Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:8,9)…
Once clean, Eustace works at being a better person, not always succesfully, but the changes are clear. ( 2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 3:8-10)
I see in this book (which I found became a better and better read as I went along) there are several references to a “Holy Spirit” guiding through dangers, from a great darkness to light on the boat, to times when Lucy is reading from a spell book and is tempted to try other spells than what she was sent to do. (At those times she sees Aslan’s face).
The ending of this book is by far the most powerful scene of the book, and in fact, of any of the books so far, when Aslan returns to the group as a Lamb who feeds them the best meal of their lives. (Revelation 19:19?) (John 1:29,36; 1 Peter 1:19).
To have a conversation with C.S. Lewis would have been amazing! I would love to know more about how these books came together for him, how he came up with the idea to break it into several books, and did he plan where it would end – or did he just know it was complete when he got there. Maybe as I continue to dive into his works I will find the answers to some of these questions…
**This movie is due out in early 2010: check here