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The Silver Chair (Narnia) Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 1994

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The magic of C. S. Lewis's parallel universe never fades." The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Narnia (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (July 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060234954
  • ASIN: B001G8WFUS
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (316 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,597,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Theodore Csernica on 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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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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Jill Pole and Eustace Scrubb both attend the same school. They are picked on by bullies at the school and, while running away from them, find that they are pulled into another world. They emerge high atop a mountain with a sheer cliff to their side. Eustace worries for Jill's safety, but in her arrogance in showing off and walking along the cliff, Eustace falls over. It is then that Jill is visited by a lion, Aslan, who tells her she has work to do and that he will blow her safely to Narnia, but she must listen and follow the signs he lays out for her to find the lost prince. Once in Narnia, Jill is reunited with Eustace, who was blown to safety by Aslan as well. Jill attempts to tell Eustace of her mission, but is quickly quieted by Eustace as he is more interested in the departure of King Caspian. They find it hard to follow the signs and stay on the path that Aslan set for them. Luckily, the come upon a Marsh-wiggle, Puddleglum, who is willing to travel with them and assist them on their journey.

Though the story and adventure to follow the signs and rescue the lost prince were ok, I find myself wishing this book would hurry up and end. I was not fond of Eustace in the last book and was even less so in this one. I disliked Jill Pole even more. The two characters bickered throughout the story and didn't listen to each other, to their detriment. What I hoped would be a fun character in Puddleglum turned out to be just another complainer to throw into the bunch since he always sees the worst in everything. Overall glad I read it, and will read the next in the series, but so far it's my least favorite.
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Eustace and his schoolmate, Jill, are running from bullies at their school when they find themselves in Narnia. Aslan appears and tells Jill specific things they need to watch for and do in order to find the missing Prince Rilian which, of course, they flub and she forgets. Eustace and Jill team up with a marsh-wiggle, Puddleglum, on a journey to below a ruined city near the home of the giants.

The Silver Chair was another good book in the Narnia series. The Pevensie children were not in this one, but their cousin, Eustace Scrubb, appeared once again. It is a must-read for anyone reading the Narnia series whether you read it fourth (publishing order) or sixth (chronological order).
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