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The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia S.) [Mass Market Paperback]

C.S. Lewis
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1 July 1994 Chronicles of Narnia S. (Book 6)

The sixth in the series of the classic fantasy tales – The Chronicles of Narnia. Read by the unforgettable Sir Michael Hordern.

“Quick!” said Eustace. “Hold hands! We mustn’t get separated!” And before Jill quite knew what was happening, he had pulled her out of the door, out of the school grounds, out of England, out of our whole world into That Place.

Eustace and Jill are whisked to the land of Narnia where Aslan, the great Lion, needs their help to find the missing Prince Rilian, Caspian’s beloved son. The search takes them through some of the most dangerous underland of Narnia, and into the path of an evil enchantress who has dire plans for the prince…

This is the sixth adventure in the exciting Chronicles of Narnia.

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: ZonderKidz; New Ed edition (1 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064471098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064471091
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,707,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 English 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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“The magic of C. S. Lewis’s parallel universe never fades.” The Times

--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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“We’ve got to go north,” said Edmund, “and reach the ruins of a giant city.”

Prince Rilian, Caspian’s beloved son, has mysteriously disappeared, and Jill and Eustace are brought into Narnia by Aslan, the great Lion, to find him. But an evil enchantress has dire plans for the prince, and for Narnia…

This is the sixth adventure in the exciting Chronicles of Narnia.

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

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Although set late in the reign of Caspian X (the Navigator), and thus being near the end of the series both in publication order and internal chronology, in some ways THE SILVER CHAIR would be a good place for a new reader to start, without re-covering a lot of material returning readers will have seen before. The viewpoint character, Jill Pole, is a complete newcomer to Narnia, and despite being accompanied by a more experienced schoolmate, she starts out with as unbiased a view of Narnia as any other character in the series, since she is separated from her companion Eustace Scrubb almost immediately.

Jill and Eustace are schoolmates at a very badly run boarding school - something the author knew a lot about from personal experience, though with a different set of horrors than Lewis himself went through. Eustace takes Jill into his confidence - he began standing up to the school bullies rather than sucking up to them this school year because he'd had some very strange experiences with magic during the holidays, though he hasn't time to explain very much before the two of them have to escape from a gang of the worst bullies, and flee through a door that unexpectedly opens into the Narnian world.

As is often the case, just as the two children were longing to escape into the Narnian world, that turns out to have been a sign that they were needed there. This time, the two of them are separated soon after their arrival thanks to some bad judgement on Jill's part. Consequently, when Jill meets Aslan for the first time and receives their instructions from him about the quest for which they have been called out of their own world, she does so alone and with no preconceptions about who the great lion is or what he's like.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puddleglum's Progress 20 April 2009
"The Silver Chair" is the penultimate Narnia story, chronologically. The Pevensie children are totally absent from this book and instead, the children from our world sent to Narnia on a quest are Eustace Scrubb, who we met in "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" and Jill Pole, a girl from Eustace's rather radical school.

The two children, who are not necessarily the best of friends at all times, are joined by a wonderfully morose character, Puddleglum the Marsh-Wiggle. The adventures they have on their search for King Caspian's lost son and heir seem more sinister and frightening than in previous books, so the comic relationships between the three add needed light relief.

A dank, chilly atmosphere pervades the book, with much of the action during winter and underground. The plot is probably tighter than the preceding book, with a clear quest and signs from Aslan to follow.

If anyone doubts the relevance of the Narnia books to today, just read what happened to the Head of the radical school, Experiment House: "...the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they got her made an inspector to interfere with other Heads. And when they found she wasn't much good even at that, they got her into Parliament where she lived happily ever after." I think she must still be there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of the End 25 Jun 2012
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It's true that this was only the fourth book to be written. The Magician's Nephew and The Horse and His Boy were both written after this but the first is a prequel to the entire series and the second runs parallel to the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so they both lie outside the timeline and story of the "main" series, of which this is the fourth and penultimate book.

In The Silver Chair we find that the creativity of C.S.Lewis is far from running dry. Once again he fills the book with magical people and places. We meet many memorable characters like Puddleglum the marsh-wiggle, the earthmen and a new lead female named Jill Pole. The adventures come thick and fast as Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum face many dangers as they set out to find Prince Rilian. It has the same "epic quest" feeling as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and is full of the same balance of terror, humour and beauty.

The beauty comes in two main forms. One is in the descriptions of the lands C.S.Lewis has created and the other is the behaviour of the Narnians. Celebrations and funerals alike are written in very moving language and the reader may find themselves laughing or crying alternatively throughout the novel.

The book is fairly frightening at some points but most younger readers will cope, especially as the book ends on a very hopeful note.

An absolutely beautiful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SENSATIONAL 17 Sep 2000
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Eustace and Jill, attempting to flee the bullies at their school and desperate for an escape from the misery of their situation, find themselves transported to Narnia. There they are given a mission by Aslan himself - to find Prince Rilian - son of Caspian - who disappeared many years ago.
They must team up with a Marshwiggle and find themselves in all sorts of scrapes and difficulties before they can achieve what they set out to do. They encounter giants and a strange lady dressed all in green, accompanied by a knight before they find the secret of the Silver Chair and hear the cry for help in Aslan's name!
Exciting and adventurous fun!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the edition advertised
The book is excellent, going from memory. I remember reading it several times as a child. However we bought a set that was missing this book from the series, and wanted... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Standing in the need of prayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for followers of the series!
I've really enjoyed reading these books. This ones one of my favourites, although I think each book in turn has become a favourite!
The Marshwiggle had me in stitches!!!
Published 2 months ago by Nick77
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and thought provoking read from a Christian adult...
I couldn't get into the Narnia books as a child but with the hindsight of knowing there is a Christian message in the stories, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book as an adult and... Read more
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I love the Narnia stories. I first bought the books many years ago, and being paperbacks they have become worn over the years. It was good to have them on my Kindle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collection completed!
I ordered this for my boyfriend to complete his collection of the chronicles of narnia (reprint of 1st edition). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janette Chow
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic books
Bought these as a set for my daughters birthday as they were the original ones I had when I was a child, complete with pictures so lots of happy memories brought back!
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old CSLewis
I read these as a child and have now infected my grandchildren with them! They seem to be timeless! Lovely product.
Published 7 months ago by Willow Creek
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
I thought I had ordered the book and when it arrived it was a voice book on discs. I was very disappointed!
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Maurice Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily follows the Lion
A triumph of storytelling from a master of the art.Readily acceptable to both adults and young adults.It is easy to follow despite the twists and turns of the narative.
Published 12 months ago by Duntaxin
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A bit 'Boys Own', but C.S. Lewis is the master of the 'page turner. It was eminently readable and I enjoyed it
Published 12 months ago by Roger Sawyer
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