Irish Witch wrote:CJ Burgandy wrote:INot very few books tick me off, but the last battle did. and it wasn't even the overly preachy christian overtones that ticked me off. It's how he treated Susan.
Last battle was also a very dark book. I mean, it starts with everybody dying! And then they get into narnia (sent there after dying in a huge train accident) and the first thing that happens is a dryad comes stumbling out of the woods, cries for help - then falls to the ground and turns to ashes!
But then the entire series was based not just on his christian views but also as a political statement against the british involvment in the world war, and the role of the catholic church in promoting the war.. The first book was stand alone written in his university days but as I understood it he actually started writing "Lion Witch and Wardrobe" soon after his children were evacuated during the war. Hence the beginning of the story! His opinions on the government of the day were pushed continually throughout the story... And yes, I thought susan being pushed out was terrible but if you read "A horse and his boy" then there was a bit of foreshadowing about the type of woman Susan would grow up to be right there. As well as in Prince Caspian.
It's not actually so much that they push her out, it's more the idea that everyone in her family is now dead. Everyone she loves just died a horrific death, and everyone is happy about it. that just disturbs me deeply.