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The Silver Chair (The Chronicles of Narnia) [Kindle Edition]

C.S. Lewis , Pauline Baynes
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)

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Book Description

C.S. Lewis has once again worked his magic in this sixth book of The Chronicles of Narnia.This master of fantasy brings us ever farther in an unforgettable world filled with adventure and mystery.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-King Caspian has grown old and sad in the ten years since the disappearance of his only son. Jill and Eustace embark on a perilous quest to find the Prince.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades." The Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 1690 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0064409457
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001I45UES
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable and fun August 22, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an incredibly important book.

For some reason, this was the one Narnia book I could never get all the way through as a boy even though I was an otherwise voracious reader. I'm not really sure why. I just finished reading it to one of my own sons and he seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. I wish now that I'd read it all the way through a long time ago. This is nothing less than a children's introduction to Christian spiritual warfare, in some ways far more general and comprehensive than Lewis' "Screwtape Letters" which covers the same subject for adults.

In order of authorship and according to the original ordering of the series "The Silver Chair" is number 4, coming between "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and "The Horse and his Boy". Under the current numbering by the internal chronology of the narrative, it's second to last. In many ways neither ordering is really the most useful. In broad terms, the books divide thematically between allegorical (or better, fanciful) representations of salvation history, and guides to Christian living. Into the first category fall "The Magician's Nephew", "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe", "Prince Caspian", and "The Last Battle". The second category has "The Horse and his Boy", "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", and "The Silver Chair". I believe this last is the most significant.

Lewis himself always denied his works were intended to be strictly allegorical, and in the case of the salvation history volumes this may well be the case. Element by element assignment from reality to story usually breaks down once you get past Aslan as Christ, and even where characters or events are not made to do double duty at different points (such as Edmund in "Lion") it's not alway possible to carry out this operation reliably.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To Save A Prince July 25, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Eustace and Jill are called from their school to Narnia by Aslan for a task. King Caspian is old and his only son, Prince Rilian, has been taken hostage. Teaming up with the marsh-wiggle Puddleglum, they journey north from Narnia. But with winter fast approaching, their journey isn't easy. Not to mention the danger they face from giants and a stranger they meet. Will they remember to follow the signs Aslan gave them to help them on their way? Even if they do, can they save the prince?
I absolutely love this book in the series. I'd forgotten how much until I reread it. The quest gives a real sense of adventure. And they seem to meet up with plenty of danger along the way. I get a kick out of Puddleglum's pessimism, as well.
The allegory seems stronger in this book then the last couple. The themes of following God's word and Him using us in spite of our faults (and using our faults) is especially strong. Aslan has the entire thing under control from the beginning; it's just up to Eustace and Jill to actually follow his commands.
This is a wonderful fantasy story with some elements included that will make you think. Definitely a strong book in the series. If you enjoyed the others, be sure to pick this one up as well.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books in the Narnia series!!! June 2, 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the great things about the Narnia series is how each individual book stands alone! I mean, while it may be necessary to read them in order to better understand what's going on, each book has a certain charm unique in itself. And while I may like ALL of the volumes, I believe the BEST books are those in the middle, particularly "The Horse and his Boy", "The Magician's Nephew", and "THE SILVER CHAIR". These are the books in which C.S. Lewis really shines!
In this particular volume involving cousin Eustace and his classmate Jill Pole, Lewis hits hard at the British school system (I dread to think how he'd view America's public school system today!) The bullying that Eustace & Jill face is what launches their adventure into Narnia, and what an exciting adventure it turns out to be! Puddleglum is an excellently crafted character who accompanies them on their journey into the wild north, where they encounter a beautiful witch and a dangerous race of intelligent giants. It's a well-done piece of storytelling, worth reading a second time!
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is BOOK FOUR, not BOOK FIVE: DON'T BE DECEIVED October 26, 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Beware! The evil, foul-minded people who are publishing these works (The Chronicles of Narnia) have profaned the fantastic writing of C.S. Lewis by rearranging the order of the seven books so as to confuse the reader and steal away some of the magic and wonder by imposing it in a chronological order rather than the artistic one in which it was rendered. Is the horrible time witch at play again or it could be that rascal Screwtape at work? I shake my head sadly at the poor folk who will read these books in the wrong order, actually thinking that perhaps the author meant for them to read Volume Six first. Yes, of course these books come highly recommended but I think it is most important to stress that they should be read in the proper order, which is as follows: 1. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe 2. Prince Caspian 3. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 4. The Silver Chair 5. The Horse and His Boy 6. The Magician's Nephew 7. The Last Battle Please, do yourself a favor, if you are reading these books for the first time, read them in the right order.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars for serious Narnia-niks
C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair isn't nearly as successful as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Full-Color Collector's Edition) and Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia); even... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Miss Ivonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book worth reading to all
This is entertainment for all ages. A wonderful story that draws you in and takes you on a quest. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
Published 25 days ago by D. Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Love this book! I would recommend it to everyone, young and old, who hasn't read the Chronicles of Narania series before!!!
Published 27 days ago by Camden Campe
5.0 out of 5 stars CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
Published 1 month ago by allusions
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures.
Just like all the Chronicles of Narnia books, this one is just as good. Would recommend this to anyone. Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Loreta Hestand
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 Kit Kat Bars
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Jill Pole– I must say that I wasn’t particularly crazy about Jill. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars I never managed to get thru the paper copy!
The Silver Chair is the penultimate book in the Narnia series.

I have read all the other Narnia books, but this one has a long depressing middle I had not previously... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emerson C. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books.
So imaginatively written. As you read these books you will feel as though you are in a journey through Narnia yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a good good and a great way to get it and it will teack and you can learn
Published 3 months ago by Marguerite Poll
2.0 out of 5 stars Need one book for a set
I had all the books in a series except book 6 and had looked many places for the matching book to the set. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carol Amlin
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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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it looks like they changed the cover to match the others today
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