Monday, March 17, 2008

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

In 1951, the second book published in C.S. Lewis's seven-volume Narnia series was published. Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia takes place one year after the events of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. At least, it's one year for the Pevensie children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy).

On May 16, 2008, the second film in the Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian, is due out in theaters. From what I've seen it looks, as the first film did, to be an excellent film adaptation. My only quibble thus far is that in the film Caspian looks to be 19 or 20, when in the book he is supposed to be around 13 years old. At any rate, I'm looking forward to the film.

My book The Heart of Narnia addresses the story of Prince Caspian in several respects. In addition to the plot summary I include in an appendix, I address various characters from this book including Caspian, Doctor Cornelius, Reepicheep, and, of course, Aslan. I also delve into matters of "Peace and War" in a chapter of the same title, addressing many of the battles found throughout the Chronicles of Narnia and their relationship to just-war theory and the ethics of C.S. Lewis in relation to war.

And look for an homage to Caspian in my book Conversations with C.S. Lewis.

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