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The Silver Chair (Narnia) Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 1, 1994
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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This was my favourite book as a child , a book I must have read a thousand time. I loved all of the Narnia books because they were adventurous, imaginative and so much fun. Read morePublished 16 days ago by R.R. Shapira
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