As an avid reader, I get excited about the great number of books out there to read, either for entertainment, education, inspiration or with some books, all three. The quantity available in print, audio, and e-books reminds me of the vast amount of life in the oceans, so I call these book reviews “Diving Into A Sea of Books”. As with diving into an ocean looking for interesting objects, diving into books means you come across mixed results: over here, a book you don’t bother to finish, over there, a “treasure”–one that you like so much you can’t wait to reread it, and over there, a book you read and think, “Meh”.
The Horse and His Boy, by C. S. Lewis, is Book Three in The Chronicles of Narnia, the fantasy series in which animals talk, Aslan the lion is present even when not physically around, and a human is as likely to meet a dwarf, faun, giant, or centaur as another human.
I don’t take vacations, or travel; I “travel” mentally by reading. Since The Horse and His Boy involves a long journey full of hazards and challenges, surprises, a battle over a cause worth fighting for, and a good ending in which everything is wrapped up, this is a book for me.
Because The Horse and His Boy is a fantasy, readers need to read it with an open mind, as though the creatures and events pictured really are real. With that in the back of my head, I came across some lessons embedded in the plot of the story–lessons about good and evil, the importance of keeping on when the journey gets hard, tedious, and you feel sorry for yourself, finding friends in people you wouldn’t ordinarily associate with, and for me–a spiritual parallel–in the hard places, God is a lot closer than you think He is.
Comment: As I mentioned, The Horse and His Boy is a book I pick up when I want a get-away to another world without leaving the chair. If that is what you are looking for, you may want to give The Horse and His Boy a try.