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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A story of transformation | Review

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a work that captivates readers with its engaging narrative, well-crafted characters and a magical world that continues to delight fans of all ages.

The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A story of transformation Review
Image: Matheus Araújo, 2023

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was written by CS Lewis and published in 1952, the story follows the adventures of Edmund and Lucia Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, aboard the ship Dawn Treader. The book begins with the three characters being transported to Narnia through a tableau and joining the ship's crew led by King Caspian.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has as its main mission the meeting of the seven noblemen who were banished from Narnia by King Caspian's evil uncle, Miraz. As the crew sails the seas of Narnia, they face numerous challenges and dangers, including magical islands, mysterious creatures, and even the temptation of a green sea that turns wishes into reality.

Along the journey, the characters mature and learn valuable lessons about courage, friendship and the pursuit of knowledge. Eustáquio, in particular, undergoes a significant transformation, abandoning his selfish nature and becoming a more compassionate person.

The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A story of transformation Review

Image: Matheus Araújo, 2023

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader there is the character Aslan, the great lion who is a central figure in the Chronicles of Narnia, and explores themes of faith and spirituality, as always. The book is a mix of adventure and personal growth story set in the magical world of Narnia, where the characters' physical journey reflects their emotional and moral development.

I read The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in the luxurious edition of HarperCollins Brasil, which has fascinating details such as its remastered and colored illustrations by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes, a hardcover with a velvety touch, pages with painting on the edge and a new translation by Ronald Kyrmse.

The illustrations are something very present in the book, in all chapters, and this enriches the story and causes greater immersion in the story. I believe that the only error in this luxurious edition is that the gold-painted spine has already worn out for a short time, apparently I wasn't the only one as I saw some comments from users reporting the same incident.

Read too: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian – A story with many twists | Review

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is an exciting addition to the Narnia series, which stands out for its length, being the book with the largest number of pages in the entire saga. In this work, the author, CS Lewis, takes us on a journey that begins brilliantly with the introduction of the new protagonist character, Eustáquio, cousin of the Pevensie brothers. The way Eustáquio is presented is remarkable, with careful character construction that allows us to understand his evolution throughout the story.

The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – A story of transformation Review

Image: Matheus Araújo, 2023

King Caspian's return to Narnia is one of the central moments of the book and is of great importance for the development of the plot. His presence and role in the story are fundamental, providing an important link to previous events in the series. Those who want to delve even deeper into the story can watch the Disney film, which helps with visualization and immersion in the world of Narnia. Furthermore, the edition of the book has a map on the endpaper, which contributes significantly to the understanding of the universe created by Lewis and the immersion in the story.

The secondary characters are also well developed, presenting charismatic characteristics and, in some cases, more introverted personalities within their contexts, but playing crucial roles in the narrative. This richness in character construction adds depth to the story and makes the journey more engaging.

One of the peculiarities of the book is the inclusion of reports from Eustáquio's diary during the trip, which reinforces his personality and adds a comical touch to the narrative. These accounts provide a unique insight into the world of Narnia and the character's experiences.

The conclusion of the book is symbolic and satisfying, exceeding expectations regarding the Disney film version. However, one scene in particular, the moment Eustáquio discovers himself in dragon form, was approached more creatively in the film. This highlights the film medium's ability to add visual elements that can enrich the experience, although the book can offer a deeper exploration of the nuances of the story.

“(…) But there I have another name. They need to learn to know me by that name. (…)” – Aslan

Assessment
  • History
  • Reading
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • diagramming
4

Conclusion

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a work that captivates readers with its engaging narrative, well-crafted characters and a magical world that continues to delight fans of all ages.

Assessment
  • History
  • Reading
  • Typography
  • Illustration
  • diagramming
4

Conclusion

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a work that captivates readers with its engaging narrative, well-crafted characters and a magical world that continues to delight fans of all ages.

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Hello, I'm Matheus. I am currently graduating in Advertising, working as CEO and Creative Director at Araujo Media, Commercial Manager at TFX LATAM and I am the Creator of the Brazilian History portal.

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