TITLE: THE SILVER CHAIR
AUTHOR: C S LEWIS
PUBLISHER: HARPER COLLINS
GENRE: FANTASY / CHILDREN’S FICTION
COVER TYPE: PAPER BACK
BLURB FROM THE COVER
Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures and epic battles between good and evil – what more could any reader ask for in one book? That book was The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, written in 1949 by C S Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.
For the past fifty years, The Chronicles of Narnia have transcended the fantasy genre to become part of the canon of classic literature. Each of the seven books is a masterpiece, drawing the reader into a world where magic meets reality and the result is a fictional world whose scope has fascinated generations.
This edition presents all seven unabridged books in one impressive volume. The books are presented according to Lewis’s preferred order, each chapter graced with illustrations by the books’ original artist, Pauline Baynes. Deceptively simple and direct, The Chronicles of Narnia continue to captivate fans with adventures, characters and truths that speak to readers of all ages, even fifty years after they were first published…
PLOT SUMMARY: Eustace Scrubb and his school friend, Jill Pole are transported to Narnia and given a quest by Aslan to find Rilian, the long lost son of a now ancient King Caspian. They’re joined on the quest by Puddleglum, a strange creature called a Marsh Wiggle. They have many adventures on the way.
HIGHLIGHTS: This is one of my favourite chronicles of Narnia even though Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are nowhere to be seen. The best bit is when the children and Puddleglum are sent to stay with the ‘kind’ giants at Harfang by the mysterious Lady of the Green Kirtle and discover they’re going to be eaten. The narrative techniques used in The Silver Chair are different from the other chronicles. Lewis doesn’t directly address the reader like he does in previous novels. The kindly grandfather telling a bedtime story vibe is gone. This works however and makes The Silver Chair flow much more naturally. I couldn’t help wonder if the Lady of the Green Kirtle was some descendent of the White Witch. I really liked the ending when the children rescue the Prince from the Lady of the Green Kirtle and reunite him with his father. Aww, sweet.
LOWLIGHTS: There wasn’t anything I didn’t dislike about The Silver Chair. Lewis gets a big thumbs up for this one.
THE OPENING LINE
It was a dull autumn day and Jill Pole was crying behind the gym…
The Silver Chair was the fourth chronicle of Narnia to be published.
The Silver Chair was adapted for the screen by the BBC in 1990 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silver_Chair_(1990_TV_Serial).