Anyway, I totally dug this book this time through! I think I spent less time trying to "solve" the allegory and figure out who represented what, and so on, which I remember getting hung up on as a teen. Instead, I enjoyed the characters and their arcs, and appreciated the artistry of Lewis' storytelling. I didn't expect to say this, but I intend to reread the rest of the series over the next few months.
I did read this one and The Horse and His Boy at least twice when I was younger, and when I was in my twenties, I went to see the movies. So it's not like I was anti-Narnia so much as just not into Narnia. But maybe I'm finally ready to be into it.
I was interested to discover that, as an adult, I still like Edmund best of the Pevensies. I like Lucy too, but she's almost too good to be realistic, you know? And so is Peter. Susan is okay, but not someone I want to be friends with, really. But Edmund... I understand Edmund. I love his character arc, how he stumbles and falls and repents and finds forgiveness -- which is also a big part of why I love Boromir in The Lord of the Rings, actually. I love how both of them are so relatable -- we all are tempted, we all sin, we all need forgiveness. (I also love Boromir because he's wonderful, but that's another post from another time.)
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for some violence and scary moments. Squeaky clean in all other respects.
This is my 22nd book read and reviewed for my second go-round with the Classics Club, and my 8th book for the OldSchool Kidlit Reading Challenge.
And this is my second book read for the Reams of Rereads event!