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The Silver Chair (1953)

by C. S. Lewis

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Two English children undergo hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch.
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Another rather enjoyable entry in the series. No Pevensie children in this book. This time we have Eustace and a new girl named Jill Pole as stars. I thought the characterization was good. Eustace is a hero now, but occasionally we see glimpses of the old Eustace, and Jill is likable but not without flaws herself. The quest story was nice, and Lewis tells it well. The ending was quite moving too. The Narnia books seem to get better as you read them in publication order. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”
  taurus27 | May 21, 2024 |
[Reading in chronological order, #6]
The entire plot was Aslan’s fault. 100% avoidable.

Jeremy Northam narrated this in audio. ( )
  ilkjen | Apr 27, 2024 |
Of the seven Narnia books, my relationship with most is clear. I adore "Nephew", "Lion" and "Horse", am indifferent about "Caspian" and "Voyage", and despise "Battle. But "The Silver Chair" and I have admired and resented each other, equally, since I first read it as a kid.

On the one hand... this is perhaps the most justifiably dark book in the series, as Jill and Eustace (replacing, thankfully, those tiresome Pevensie children) find their own belief in Aslan and themselves fading fast, and their uncertainty as to what to do is quite palpable. Lewis passionately makes us believe that the world of Narnia is falling apart, and references to the past stories actually are quite terrifying, in the same way that most series have to wait for their non-canonical installments (e.g. "Return to Oz") to do. It's the most literate of the seven books, also.

Opposing this, of course, is the fact that all of this passion stems from Lewis making each Narnia book more and more of an aggressively Christian allegory. For "belief in Aslan" read "belief in Jesus". For "the world of Narnia is falling apart" read "the world of white, Christian living". This doesn't inherently render the book a failure - after all, Dante was of the same passion, and the Divine Comedy is a masterwork! But it does sadden me a little that my childhood nostalgia is now tainted by the knowledge that Lewis' books are pushing a strong agenda that goes beyond mere children's literature moral fables and into religious propaganda.

Is that unfair? Perhaps. I'm literate enough to be able to enjoy this as a story, and be intrigued by the moral dilemmas of the characters, without hating it just because of the author's beliefs. But at the same time, I don't think kids should be going into this without an adult to guide them through the maze. It's great that Lewis was writing intelligent fiction that would make children ask questions. It's just a pity that he's already decided which answer they should arrive at. ( )
1 vote therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
SPOILERS!

I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading about the giants, since the rest of the books make mention of them but they were never really a main focus like some of the other creatures. I also loved visiting the Underlands

I’m glad that Eustace returned, though I will have to say, I wish this book followed him, instead of being told from the perspective of Jill Pole (not crazy about her character)

Puddleglum was the true star of the book. I found his pessimism andorble and charming (and relatable given that I’m such a Marsh-wiggle myself) which made me laugh throughout my reading. He is definitely one of my favorite Narnia characters. ( )
  maddiefrank | Mar 25, 2024 |
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Baynes, PaulineIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hammar, BirgittaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hane, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym.
Det var en trist efterårsdag, og Jill Pole stod og græd bag gymnastiksalen.
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"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all these things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made up things seem a great deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies making up a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stick with the play world."
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Two English children undergo hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch.

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Jill and Eustace must rescue the Prince from the evil Witch.

NARNIA...where owls are wise, where some of the giants like to snack on humans, where a prince is put under an evil spell...and where the adventure begins.

Eustace and Jill escape from the bullies at school through a strange door in the wall, which, for once, is unlocked. It leads to the open moor...or does it? Once again Aslan has a task for the children, and Narnia needs them. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, they pursue the quest that brings them face and face with the evil Witch. She must be defeated if Prince Rillian is to be saved.
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