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There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fie There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive. Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds and friendships won and lost -- all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So step into Underland in search of a lost prince. The sixth volume in The Chronicles of Narnia® The Silver Chair Narnia ... where giants wreak havoc ... where evil weaves a spell ... where enchantment rules. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends are sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them face-to-face with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.


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There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fie There are a thousand stories in the land of Narnia, and the first is about to be told in an extraordinary motion picture, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. In the never-ending war between good and evil, The Chronicles of Narnia set the stage for battles of epic proportions. Some take place in vast fields, where the forces of light and darkness clash. But other battles occur within the small chambers of the heart and are equally decisive. Journeys to the ends of the world, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds and friendships won and lost -- all come together in an unforgettable world of magic. So step into Underland in search of a lost prince. The sixth volume in The Chronicles of Narnia® The Silver Chair Narnia ... where giants wreak havoc ... where evil weaves a spell ... where enchantment rules. Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends are sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them face-to-face with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.

30 review for The Silver Chair

  1. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I started reading this with my boy ages ago, but I never got around to marking it as finished here on Goodreads. Generally speaking, I enjoyed reading him the book, and he liked hearing it. I have a nostalgia for the Narnia Chronicles, too. And that makes these books a little sweeter for me. My younger boy (age 3.5 at the time of reading) enjoyed it too. Especially some of the more action-oriented scenes, and the stuff underground.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Markus

    Ah, the strange joys of Narnia! How is a middle-aged feminist nonbeliever supposed to feel about this contradictory volume? Pro: Jill Pole is a strong, active, fun, funny, vigorous girl that any reader, male or female, will be happy to have as a protagonist. Con: Jill's old enough to be active, but young enough not to be a sexual being. Which is clearly the only reason Lewis is comfortable having her around, because: Con: Once again, Lewis only allows grown women as characters when they're scary, Ah, the strange joys of Narnia! How is a middle-aged feminist nonbeliever supposed to feel about this contradictory volume? Pro: Jill Pole is a strong, active, fun, funny, vigorous girl that any reader, male or female, will be happy to have as a protagonist. Con: Jill's old enough to be active, but young enough not to be a sexual being. Which is clearly the only reason Lewis is comfortable having her around, because: Con: Once again, Lewis only allows grown women as characters when they're scary, evil, beautiful, and seductive in equal parts. In this volume, the villain is the brilliant, ruthless Queen of the Underworld. Pro: Jill is a fully developed character who shows that kids can be strong and important without being paragons of virtue. One of the lines I remembered all my life after reading this book as a child is her reply to Aslan when he asks her why she was standing so near the edge of a cliff (and putting both herself and her friend in danger in the process). "I was showing off, Sir." I love how she says this, without flinching. She messed up, and there's nothing to do but own it. Pro: Because of moments like the above, Jill is more enjoyable to follow on her adventures than Lucy. I love Lucy, but she's cute and sweet and pretty much flawless. Jill gets tired, impatient, sick to her stomach with fear, sulky, and unreasonably angry. She also knows when to fight and when to run. I can relate to that. Con: This is the only full-length story of Jill's adventures. (The Last Battle so does not count. More about that later. Like, in another review.) Con: Quite aside from the relatively passive sexism of Lewis' pitting pre-sexual girls against dangerously seductive full-grown female villains, he also displays active sexism in this book. At the very end, he makes a point of pointing out that the terrible, incompetent Head of Jill's awful boarding school is a woman. Literally. "And then the Head (who was, by the way, a woman)..." Really? Well, that explains everything. Pro: Lewis does some of his best characterization in this book. Minor spoiler: At one point, Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum discover to their horror that the meat they've been eating was actually a talking beast. Their separate reactions as they put down their forks are brilliantly described: "Jill, who was new to that world, was sorry for the poor stag and thought it was rotten of the giants to have killed him. [Eustace] Scrubb, who had been in that world before and had at least one Talking beast as his dear friend, felt horrified; as you might feel about a murder. But Puddleglum, who was Narnian born, was sick and faint, and felt as you would feel if you found you had eaten a baby." Con: Once again, Lewis backs the wrong horse, historically speaking. Jill and Eustace are together on this adventure because they go to the same school. Yes! Really! Can you believe it? Boys and girls, attending school together! What's next??? Pro: It's kind of funny to think that someone as brilliant as Lewis could fall so cleanly into the losing camp on this issue. Pro: Lots of Aslan. Con: As a symbol of the Christian God, he's not at his best here. For instance, he tells Jill at the beginning of her adventures, "Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia." Even as a child and certainly now, my first thought was, "Why?" If you already accept divine inscrutability as necessary or at least inevitable, this flies fine; if you don't, this doesn't help. Pro: Puddleglum is one of the finest fantasy characters ever. His name and his "tells" are Dickensian in their genius, but he never falls into reflexive predictability. He's a weird, quirky, deeply appealing hero. Pro: Happy ending for every kid who's ever been bullied at school. Conclusion: Once again, Narnia is awesome no matter how old and skeptical you get.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4), C. S. Lewis The Silver Chair is a children's fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1953. It was the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956); it is volume six in recent editions, which are sequenced according to Narnian history. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 2002 میلادی عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا 4: صندلی نقره ای جادویی؛ نویسنده: سی.اس. لوئیس؛ مترجم: شهناز انوشیروانی؛ تهران، محیط، 1376؛ در 184 ص؛ The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4), C. S. Lewis The Silver Chair is a children's fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis, published by Geoffrey Bles in 1953. It was the fourth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956); it is volume six in recent editions, which are sequenced according to Narnian history. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یکی از روزهای سال 2002 میلادی عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا 4: صندلی نقره ای جادویی؛ نویسنده: سی.اس. لوئیس؛ مترجم: شهناز انوشیروانی؛ تهران، محیط، 1376؛ در 184 ص؛ شابک: ایکس -96462461؛ عنوان روی جلد: صندلی جاویی؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 20 م مترجم: امیر اقتداری؛ منوچهر کریم زاده؛ تهران، هرمی، کیمیا، 1379؛ در شش و 229 ص؛ شابک: 9647100086؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ مترجم: پیمان اسماعیلیان؛ ویراستار: شهرام رجب زاده؛ تهران، قدیانی، 1387، در 304 ص؛ شابک: 9789644178542؛ چاپ سوم 1394؛ مترجم: محمدرضا شمس؛ تهران، پنجره، 1387، در 200 ص؛ شابک: 9789648890891؛ نقل از متن کتاب: مدتهای درازی است که من، صدای آواز نشنیده ام. یا رقص، و فشفشه ندیده ام. چرا باید اینطور باشد؟ همه فکر میکنند، من طلسم شده ام. اگر میفهمیدم چرا این همه بار میکشم؟ خوشبخت بودم. پایان ص 187 کتاب. ا. شربیانی

  4. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Probably the weakest so far, but scraped 4 stars and still fun More tomorrow :) Right I have been thinking about this review all day. It was the weakest of the books so far with what felt almost like a padded out story and I was thinking it would be a 3 star read. That said i didn't bank on Puddleglum, he was the real star of the book and added enough to make me give it 4 stars. The book features the Pevensie's cousin Eustace, now a Narnian regular and a "jolly good chap" with a schoolfriend of hi Probably the weakest so far, but scraped 4 stars and still fun More tomorrow :) Right I have been thinking about this review all day. It was the weakest of the books so far with what felt almost like a padded out story and I was thinking it would be a 3 star read. That said i didn't bank on Puddleglum, he was the real star of the book and added enough to make me give it 4 stars. The book features the Pevensie's cousin Eustace, now a Narnian regular and a "jolly good chap" with a schoolfriend of his rescuing Prince Caspian's heir. A fun romp, made enjoyable by the appearance of Marsh-Wiggles and the owls :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    I can't believe it took me so long to read this one!! SO GOOD. also where is the movie

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm just going to give a generic opinion of the whole series. We love them. The end. Okay, so maybe I'll tell you that we read them outloud to the kids almost 2 years ago. So they were 5 going on 6 and 2. They all loved them and followed the plot and talked about the characters during their play. We're re-reading them again (now ages 8, 4 and 2) and they're loving them even more than the first time. All I hear, all day long is "For Narnia" and then they rush through the house, swords drawn. They hav I'm just going to give a generic opinion of the whole series. We love them. The end. Okay, so maybe I'll tell you that we read them outloud to the kids almost 2 years ago. So they were 5 going on 6 and 2. They all loved them and followed the plot and talked about the characters during their play. We're re-reading them again (now ages 8, 4 and 2) and they're loving them even more than the first time. All I hear, all day long is "For Narnia" and then they rush through the house, swords drawn. They have made Reepicheep figures out of pom-poms. They have conversations with the characters, "So Edmund, what do you think about the squirrel doing such and so?" I think this is a series of books that needs to be read over and over again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    The Silver Chair is a fascinating adventure story of the Chronicles of Narnia. After my disappointment over The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I was a little apprehensive as to how I would receive it. But all my fears were groundless as the story held my interest from the first chapter. For the first time, we don't meet the Pevensies. Instead we meet Eustace, returned to Narnia with Jill Pole, a school friend of his. Although one misses Pevensies, the characters of Eustace and Jill who replace them The Silver Chair is a fascinating adventure story of the Chronicles of Narnia. After my disappointment over The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I was a little apprehensive as to how I would receive it. But all my fears were groundless as the story held my interest from the first chapter. For the first time, we don't meet the Pevensies. Instead we meet Eustace, returned to Narnia with Jill Pole, a school friend of his. Although one misses Pevensies, the characters of Eustace and Jill who replace them do justice to the story and display enough bravery and courage. I really enjoyed the writing in this story. There was intrigue, suspense and humour. The minute and colourful description of the various places where the adventurers found themselves painted a true picture of the setting that one feels one is living in the story with all those characters. Also there was underlying satire which was quite a new experience. With this read I have finished six books of the Chronicles, and the Silver Chair is my second favourite, placed between The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian. Looking forward to the final read in the series and to complete the Chronicles.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Smartarse

    C.S. Lewis and I are never going to see eye to eye. First, because I've yet to feel any desire to participate in a seance, and second, I prefer my manipulative (religious) propaganda to be much more subtle in nature. And yet, despite all the above, I can't help but keep coming back to these books. What can I say? The appeal of a magical world in a wardrobe is irresistible. Yes, I knooooow it's not actually inside the wardrobe, yadda yadda yadda... I loved reading about the latest developments in C.S. Lewis and I are never going to see eye to eye. First, because I've yet to feel any desire to participate in a seance, and second, I prefer my manipulative (religious) propaganda to be much more subtle in nature. And yet, despite all the above, I can't help but keep coming back to these books. What can I say? The appeal of a magical world in a wardrobe is irresistible. Yes, I knooooow it's not actually inside the wardrobe, yadda yadda yadda... I loved reading about the latest developments in Narnia. I enjoyed riding owls alongside Jill, I giggled at Puddleglum's idea of pep-talk, especially when taking into account that he was considered to be rather upbeat by his kind: "Good morning, Guests," he said. "Though when I say good I don't mean it won't probably turn to rain or it might he snow, or fog, or thunder. You didn't get any sleep, I dare say. "Yes we did, though," said Jill. "We had a lovely night." "Ah," said the Marsh-wiggle, shaking his head. "I see you're making the best of a bad job. That's right. You've been well brought up, you have. You've learned to put a good face on things." ... and most of all, I enjoyed accompanying our three heroes on their quest, looking forward to the new lands they'd discover. So 2 stars for the awesome world building aspect and Puddleglum's (unintended) pep-talk through reverse psychology. If there was ever a story suffering of a "show, don't tell" deficiency, this was it. I can't remember a single instance where our characters weren't explicitly told important things. I generally don't much care about the manner a hero finds his clues, but this was excessive. And last, but most definitely not least, what is UP with the epilogue?! Admittedly this is not the only book wherein Narnia and the real world intertwine, but The Magician's Nephew did it much better. In here it seems more like an afterthought; perhaps a bonus for a job well done. Score: 2/5 stars I took up reading this book with the lowest possible expectations. I was expecting religious propaganda, poorly veiled Christian morality and the obligatory black and white world-view. On the one hand, the latter should not come as a surprise given the target audience. On the other hand, the overly simplified morality made it difficult for me to take any character/development seriously. That said, I'm looking forward to the movie, and the portrayal of the different lands and people that the heroes encounter. Just please drop the epilogue. ========================================== Review of book 3: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    Finally, a proper novel! Thank you, Mr. Lewis. Sixth time's the charm, eh? The Silver Chair is my favorite out of all the Narnia books. Not only does it have all the usual elements of this wonderful, rich fantasy world Lewis created, but the characters are better, at least in my opinion, the story feels less contrived, and it has the added benefit of being a proper novel. That is to say, it has: a) an actual plot; b) an identifiable climactic point; and c) a clear, concise denouement. For once, I Finally, a proper novel! Thank you, Mr. Lewis. Sixth time's the charm, eh? The Silver Chair is my favorite out of all the Narnia books. Not only does it have all the usual elements of this wonderful, rich fantasy world Lewis created, but the characters are better, at least in my opinion, the story feels less contrived, and it has the added benefit of being a proper novel. That is to say, it has: a) an actual plot; b) an identifiable climactic point; and c) a clear, concise denouement. For once, I wasn't left scratching my head at the end and going, "What the hell was the point of that?" In this book, we're reunited with Eustace, the Pevensies' cousin, who has turned into an all right guy since we first met him in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Pity how he's kind of bland now that he's not an insufferable git anymore. Fortunately, it wasn't Eustace, but his schoolmate Jill who really made the book for me. Jill is a modern sort of girl; she has new age hippie parents who send her to a new age hippie school, and though Mr. Lewis obviously didn't seem to think much of it, I rather think it did her some good. Unlike the Pevensie girls, who had a tendency to be ninnies and were very much girls of their time, Jill is a pretty level-headed kid, and neither expects nor receives any particularly special treatment on account of being a girl. She's a real, honest-to-god herione, who takes a--if not the--central role in the proceedings, rather than just sort of standing around observing while the boys do all the important stuff. Girl protagonists, for the win! I love it. Also, I feel it's worth mentioning that Jill using the sort of behaviors, if a bit exaggerated, that annoyed me about Lucy and Susan to trick the giants of Harfang, and with no small amount of disgust, amused me greatly. Maybe Lewis finally got the memo that post-war girls were a different breed. But even though I rather adored Jill, I think my favorite character--not just from this book, but out of the whole series--has to be Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle. God, what a character! In my opinion, he has the most personality of any of Lewis's other characters. I love his upbeat sort of persistent doom and gloom, though that would seem to be an oxymoron, and his bravery and resolve despite his bleak, pessimistic outlook on life. I also loved that he was the only one who kept his head and saved the day through a heroic and selfless act when the witch was trying to enchant them. And I really hope we get to see him again in The Last Battle. The other thing I really enjoyed about The Silver Chair is that it's a Quest story. I mean, who doesn't like a good Quest story? If there's a story where so-and-so goes on a long, harrowing journey to complete a difficult and dangerous task, I am all about it. The only thing I didn't particularly like was that the journey itself didn't last long enough for my tastes, and the final conflict and resolution were a little too easy, but since it's a children's book, I'm willing to handwave those points. Definitely worth a read if you're into fantasy. And overall, if you were going to read just one of the Narnia books, I would recommend this one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    PUDDLEGLUUUMMMMM. <3 I forgot how much I love him. "I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia." MY SOUL IS FEELING THINGS. <333 (Also, these two bits were particularly priceless. xD And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they made her an Inspector to interf PUDDLEGLUUUMMMMM. <3 I forgot how much I love him. "I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia." MY SOUL IS FEELING THINGS. <333 (Also, these two bits were particularly priceless. xD And in the inquiry all sorts of things about Experiment House came out, and about ten people got expelled. After that, the Head's friends saw that the Head was no use as a Head, so they made her 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. C.S. Lewis over here throwing British shade. xD xD "Why, Son of Adam, don't you understand? A Centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omelette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he attends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar. That's why it's such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the weekend." *snorts*)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    The 6th book in the Chronicles of Narnia, Eustace from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is back and this time he brings along a schoolmate, Jill Pole to adventure in Narnia. I always had the impression that this particular book was scary or the darkest of the series. Blame it on the BBC series that I saw on YTV as a kid.I thought the Queen was going to be as dark and mean as the one from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. However, I felt it was a bit boring.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Rollins

    One of the best. Puddleglum is, perhaps, my favorite Narnian character of all time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    I just love this series so much. No matter how many times I read it, I never get tired of it! And each time I read it, it’s like I’m discovering Narnia for the first time again. This book is one of my favourites out of the series, I love the adventures our heroes go through to save the lost prince and return him to his rightful place. It allows us a look at a different part of the world of Narnia and it truly is magical!

  14. 4 out of 5

    P

    4.5 stars Such an epic ending ! In this book, Eustace and Jill travel back to Narnia. Jill meets Aslan and she's assigned to find the long-lost prince, there're signs to remember while they're wandering into the dangerous land. But Jill forgets all things Aslan tells her, that makes they lost themself in the giant city. They must find a way out. I found out that this book has the slow beginning, but when Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum travel to the Underworld, it gets better. IMO, The Silver Chair i 4.5 stars Such an epic ending ! In this book, Eustace and Jill travel back to Narnia. Jill meets Aslan and she's assigned to find the long-lost prince, there're signs to remember while they're wandering into the dangerous land. But Jill forgets all things Aslan tells her, that makes they lost themself in the giant city. They must find a way out. I found out that this book has the slow beginning, but when Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum travel to the Underworld, it gets better. IMO, The Silver Chair is nearly perfect as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. How classic it is. This book kept my interest after it passed 60%, and the end was worth. ชอบเล่มนี้รองจาก The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe เลย ตอนท้ายสนุกมากๆ การผจญภัยน่าตื่นเต้น ไดอะล็อกดี ตอนจบก็ทรงพลัง ถ้าไม่ติดว่าช่วงแรกมันอืดๆไปหน่อยก็น่าจะได้คะแนนเต็มแล้ว ตอนก่อนจะอ่านก็คิดว่าถ้าาไม่มีปีเตอร์ เอ็ดมันด์ ซูซาน ลูซี่ หนังสือเล่มนี้ก็คงจะไม่สนุกแล้วหรือเปล่า ? แต่ไม่เลย ... แค่ยูสตาซกับจิลเราว่าก็คุมเนื้อเรื่องอยู่อยู่นะ ถึงจิลจะ whimper บ่อยไปหน่อย แต่หนังสือเล่มนี้ก็ดูมีอะไรดี รู้สึกว่าไม่ใช่นิทานก่อนนอนจ๋าเหมือนกับ The Horse and His Boy เพราะมีความแฟนตาซี การผจญภัยเข้ามาเสริมเลยทำให้อ่านสนุก รอภาพยนตร์เลยเรื่องนี้ ฉาก Underworld น่าจะมันส์สุดละ อ่านหนังสือละคิดภาพตามได้แบบอีพิคมากๆ (view spoiler)[ยูสตาซและจิลเดินทางกลับมายังนาร์เนีย ในขณะที่ยูสตาซตกหน้าผาแต่ได้รับความช่วยเหลือจากอัซลาน จิลก็ได้มอบหมายภารกิจให้ตามหาเจ้าชายริเลียนที่หายสาบสูญไปและให้จิลท่องจำสัญญาณทั้ง 4 ประการ ยูสตาซและจิลได้มาพบกับพัดเดิลกลัม ทั้งสามได้ร่วมเดินทางผ่านหุบเขาและไปยังเมืองของยักษ์ แต่เมื่อจิลจำสัญญาณทั้ง 3 ที่เธอหลงลืมไปได้ เธอก็พบว่าเธอต้องย้อนกลับไปยังเมืองที่ถูกทำลายจนย่อยยับที่พวกเธอผ่านมาก่อนหน้านี้ ประจวบเหมาะกับที่เด็กๆรู้ว่ายักษ์ตั้งใจจะจับพวกเขากิน ดังนั้นจิล ยูสตาสและพัดเดิลกลัมจึงหนีออกมาเมืองยักษ์และเดินทางสู่เมืองที่ซ่อนอยู่ใต้พิภพ ที่นั่นเด็กๆและพัดเดิลกลัมได้พบกับอัศวินที่ตกอยู่ภายใต้คำสาปและถูกมัดติดอยู่กับเก้าอี้เงินยามที่เขาคลุ้มคลั่ง แต่จิลและยูสตาสกลับพบว่าตัวตนที่แท้จริงของอัศวินกลับเปิดเผยออกมาในเวลานั้น พวกเขาจึงตัดสินใจปล่อยอัศวินเป็นอิสระและจึงรู้ในที่สุดว่าอัศวินคนนี้คือเจ้าชายริเลียนที่สาบสูญไปนั่นเอง เมื่อแม่มดกลับมาและรู้ว่าเจ้าชายเป็นอิสระ เธอจึงกลายร่างเป็นอสรพิษยักษ์ เจ้าชายและเด็กๆสามารถฆ่าแม่มดลงได้ ดังนั้นพวกเขาต้องหาทางหลบหนีมาจากเมืองใต้พิภพที่กำลังจะล่มสลาย หลังจากการเดินทางที่อันยาวนาน จิล ยูสตาซ พัดเดิลกลัมและเจ้าชายริเลียนก็ได้เดินทางกลับมายังนาร์เนียผ่านอุโมงค์ใต้ดินในที่สุด และเจ้าชายริเลียนก็มาทันลมหายใจสุดท้ายของเจ้าชายแคสเปียนที่สิ้นพระชนม์ลงพอดิบพอดี (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    This is my sixth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order. Eustace Stubb and Jill Pole manage to escape the bullies of their own world and enter into the fantastical lands of Narnia. Borne on a lion's breath they descend and discover that the lands are once again in turmoil. Young Prince Rilian is missing and old King Caspian is on his death bed, with no heir to precede him. It is up to the duo, along with the This is my sixth journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order. Eustace Stubb and Jill Pole manage to escape the bullies of their own world and enter into the fantastical lands of Narnia. Borne on a lion's breath they descend and discover that the lands are once again in turmoil. Young Prince Rilian is missing and old King Caspian is on his death bed, with no heir to precede him. It is up to the duo, along with the help of Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, to traverse the strange country, find the missing heir and save Narnia for the doom that could otherwise befall it. Like the other instalments in this series, there was a moralistic and overtly religious edge to the text that jarred with me, as a contemporary reader. That being said, it did not hamper my overall enjoyment of this fantastical and magical tale. The characters were as lovable as always and the journey as transporting and enchanting. Puddleglum's character made for especially charming reading, as his pessimistic disposition managed to instil the opposite emotion in the reader and made this humorous and delightful. There is a simplicity and goodness to these stories, where good can be relied upon to overcome evil and justice is always served. With only one more tale left in the series, I will be sad to say goodbye to this world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    MissBecka

    Ugh, Eustace. This book did nothing to change my perspective on him. I might actually dislike him more now since he ruined this book for me. Not even Puddleglum could save the book from Eustace for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    The last two books are definitely not in line for my favourites. There are various factors -- one of which is simply that I don't like seeing Narnia come to an end! But the main one is that I don't find Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum that compelling as main characters. Or Rillian, for that matter, even though he's Caspian's son. They're quite realistic and human, and lack the nobility that Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy have, I think. Perhaps too realistic. I want to kick Jill a lot of the time for The last two books are definitely not in line for my favourites. There are various factors -- one of which is simply that I don't like seeing Narnia come to an end! But the main one is that I don't find Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum that compelling as main characters. Or Rillian, for that matter, even though he's Caspian's son. They're quite realistic and human, and lack the nobility that Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy have, I think. Perhaps too realistic. I want to kick Jill a lot of the time for making excuses and not doing what she knows is right. Nobody else is much better. Puddleglum is an interesting idea for a character, but I don't find him that compelling. It doesn't help that this book is fairly dreary. Snow, stone, cold, giants, underground, sunless seas... there are some beautiful, beautiful sections, like the description of Bism, and little gems about Narnia, like about how serious it is to ask a centaur to stay for the weekend. Overall, though, I find it hard to get into and sympathise with the characters. I do find myself tearing up, even now, at Caspian's death and renewal.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Peter

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Helen Power

    Another great instalment in the Chronicles of Narnia! I think Puddleglum is quite possibly the best character ever created. I would love to see a series starring him. His attitude is like a bad-ass Eeyore.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jay Kennedy

    Absolutely brilliant, one of my favourite Chronicle of Narnia books.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I felt that The Silver Chair gave better character arcs to the "son and daughter of Adam and Eve" than some of the other Narnia books. The focus of the book seemed to be shared between the children, Eustace and Jill, as well as the quest - instead of focusing on the quest alone. Also, the Marsh-wiggle is a well drawn character and pretty unique from Lewis' other personalities in Narnia. Like the other books in the series, this one continues to touch the surface of the adventures and explanations I felt that The Silver Chair gave better character arcs to the "son and daughter of Adam and Eve" than some of the other Narnia books. The focus of the book seemed to be shared between the children, Eustace and Jill, as well as the quest - instead of focusing on the quest alone. Also, the Marsh-wiggle is a well drawn character and pretty unique from Lewis' other personalities in Narnia. Like the other books in the series, this one continues to touch the surface of the adventures and explanations, but I felt it was more complete than some of the other books in the series. Perhaps I'm just getting more used to Lewis' writing style. As always though we are taken to wonderful new places and meet interesting new characters, and visits from old friends are always met with a warm heart. Certain parts were somewhat sad, but most of it was happily addressed at the end. Aslan is always very magnificent! And I found myself very much enjoying the adventures and the characters throughout the book! *** Embarking to Narnia again;)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    I'm getting a smidge frustrated that we are starting to follow the side characters from other Narnia novels. I want more Lucy! I want more Peter! Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  23. 5 out of 5

    Corinna

    I adore C.S. Lewis, Narnia, and especially The Silver Chair. This contends for my favorite Narnia installment along with The Last Battle. Another re-read was long over-due!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anne Hamilton

    Once upon a time, about forty years ago, I read the entire series of The Chronicles of Narnia in a single week. Way back then, I would probably given The Silver Chair two stars. But only because I was feeling generous and I was still in the halo of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Some time in the interim, The Silver Chair moved from the bottom of my ratings to the top. And I do mean the very top. Today I'd give it more than five stars, if I could. Its rise has been steady; modest at first, it ev Once upon a time, about forty years ago, I read the entire series of The Chronicles of Narnia in a single week. Way back then, I would probably given The Silver Chair two stars. But only because I was feeling generous and I was still in the halo of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Some time in the interim, The Silver Chair moved from the bottom of my ratings to the top. And I do mean the very top. Today I'd give it more than five stars, if I could. Its rise has been steady; modest at first, it eventually came to float in and out of my Top 10 for a while. Now it's a serious contender for the all–time Number 1 spot. What happened to change my views? Well, first of all, I attended a L'Abri conference featuring Jerram Barrs and Wim Rietkirk at the University of Queensland sometime in the early eighties. One of them—I think it was Rietkirk—quoted at length from the scene where Rilian, Puddleglum and the children face off the Green Witch as she strums her enchantment of befuddlement in the Underworld. I can't remember exactly what they said but it changed my appreciation of the whole book. It stopped being one of my least favourite books and began its slow ascendancy. Then came the BBC series with Tom Baker (the fourth Doctor in the Doctor Who television series) as Puddleglum the marshwiggle. Such a respectabiggle portrayal! I liked the series so much, the book again made a jump in my estimation. (I even liked the bit they added with Eustace and the dragon—such a perfect touch!) Then I started to write books of my own. I loved two of the Narnia books, hated two and felt the other three were middling. It was an enormous surprise to me when, as I started to write, I found myself wanting to fill in the 'missing' story set on Ettinsmoor! Until I'd was half way into chapter 1 of Merlin's Wood, I had no idea I thought Narnia was incomplete, let alone that its incompleteness was connected with a story centred on Ettinsmoor. Fortunately good sense prevailed and my story shifted location to another planet entirely! However faint echoes of my flirtation with Ettinsmoor can be still be found throughout the story. As a result of this experience, I realised something deep in my spirit connected with something deep in this story, despite my superficial equivocation about liking it. The huge leap forward came as a result of two books: Planet Narnia and Green Suns and Faërie. I love Planet Narnia. I think it’s brilliant, incisive, a stunning work of sheer genius. I also think it’s wrong. In a very subtle way. As much as the difference between the north pole and the north magnetic pole. I was succumbing to the charms of its central premise—that the seven books of the Narnia series are based around the seven medieval planets—when I was brought up short by an obvious error. The Silver Chair is not, in my view, themed around the Moon. It’s themed around giants. In fact 40% of the chapters directly deal with giants or giants’ work. It’s all too easy here to be swayed by the word silver and its ubiquitous association with the moon. However, I believe the silverness of the chair is another of Lewis’ (many) tips of the hat to his friend and colleague, JRR Tolkien. In Green Suns and Faërie, Verlyn Flieger writes of Tolkien’s reworking of a Breton folktale on a variant theme of the Orpheus legend. The Corrigan is a faery woman who sits on a silver chair, rules an underworld and seeks to lure a hero to her dark realm. Sound familiar? The story doesn’t end well for the hero, so Lewis’ variant on a variant is more in line with the happily–ever–after of the medieval poem, Sir Orfeo . (Yep, another Tolkien obsession.) However the general alignment of plot at least as it pertains to the Rilian character suggests to me that silver is more to do with Tolkien's description of the Corrigan's chair than any lunar aspect. The Corrigan of course is a fairly obscure denizen of the lands of elfin. No doubt her name reminded Lewis of the Morrighan the war goddess of Ulster, the land of his birth. The Morrighan is said to be the forerunner of the witch queen Morgan le Fay in Arthurian romance. In fact Lewis was seriously tempted to name the White Witch 'Morgan' and not 'Jadis', as early drafts of The Magician's Nephew indicate. The inspiration of the Corrigan as a distant relative of the Morrighan is, I think, alluded to in the distant relationship between the witches of the north to Jadis. Jadis has, like Aslan, echoes of Norse naming. (Yeah, I know. Turkish cigarettes called Aslans with pictures of lions on them. Tales of the Arabian Nights with lions, aslans, in them. Yeah, yeah. Gimme a break. For a man self–admittedly ‘crazed with northern–ness’? When Aslan from Old Norse is god of the land?!) There are several possible translations for Jadis from Old Norse, but I’m inclined to go with ironwood witch–mother. Which probably explains the appearance of Fenris Ulf instead of Maugrim in the American editions: because he too comes from the ironwood. I just don’t get the bizarre tendency of those who write about Lewis to overlook the Old Icelandic language. There are too many allusions to Norse mythology to look south for the answers in my view and see Latin or Turkish in the snow–swirled landscape of Narnia. So, heading north, I will point out that the giants dominate the tale of The Silver Chair, far more than silvery things or watery things or lunar things. And in Norse mythology, the giants are the thurses, the rises and the jotuns; they’re the ettins or eotens from which Tolkien derived the name, ents. Even in Irish folklore, the Red Ettin is a giant of the Jack–and–the–Beanstalk school. Here’s where the name Ettinsmoor comes into its own: it’s the high moorland of the giants. Fits nicely. It’s probably based on the Borders area of Scotland, since the folktale of the giant of the broch of Edinshall (edin being a variant of ettin) is about a rock–throwing game. Now in Norse mythology, gnomes and giants are sometimes confused. Thus, if it’s permissible to add in the chapters about the gnomes to the count of the giants, over 50% of the book are devoted to the big guys. Now the giant planet is not the Moon. It’s Jupiter. Which, in medieval times, was equated to Thor. (Both wield thunderbolts, for the obvious parallel.) We refer to Thor all the time, even though few of us realise it. Thursday is named after this feisty hammer–wielding giant. And herein lies, I think, Lewis’ clever gamesmanship and mastery of words. The Silver Chair is themed around Thursday, not around the Moon. Moreover it’s not a nod to Thor/Jupiter but rather to the thurses of Norse mythology. (Not forgetting thur from old Gaelic is strong.) As it happens, the medieval planets correspond to the Days of the Week. So I believe Michael Ward in Planet Narnia was utterly, superlatively, outstandingly right in his overall theory while still being wrong in important specific details. (Because it’s a closed system, one error means there have to be at least two. Another involves The Voyage of the Dawn Treader which should be aligned with Wednesday and Woden/Mercury—as clearly attested by the silver sea or lily lake sailed by Reepicheep and which appears in the myth about Mercury.) Now all this cleverness was admirable and wonderful. But it certainly wasn’t enough to catapult The Silver Chair so far up it has come to rival my all–time favourite story. What did it was a study of threshold covenants. As I’ve worked on understanding them and listing the symptoms of them, I realised The Silver Chair is the story par excellence of their nature. Python — check! Wasteland — check! Memory issues — check! Giants out to make a meal of us — check! Giants on a threshold — check! Being silenced by the enemy — check! Ambiguous information — check! ‘If’ — check! Theft of destiny — check! Name covenant — check! The Silver Chair could almost be a manual on the tricks and tactics of the Python spirit governing thresholds. Indeed the Lady who lures Prince Rilian from the fountain assumes the form of a monstrous snake at the climax of the story and tries to crush him to death. The heroes find their way underground to rescue Prince Rilian through a giant letter E, suggesting that the Lady was meant to evoke an image of the ‘Pythoness’ of Delphi, an oracular shrine famed for its navelstone carved with a mysterious E. (Which most probably, according to Plutarch, means if.) It’s been enormously helpful to me as I’ve looked more at threshold covenants. The really interesting aspect of the novel is that it starts with a name covenant. As it should if it’s truly dealing with thresholds. In fact, it begins an evocation of a very particular name covenant. The massive fall of Jill into Narnia at the beginning of the story which ends with a watery splash should remind us of the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill, and of Lewis’ own nickname: Jack. So, of course, it has giants. Because what else does Jack face in the most enduring fairytale of all about a boy of that name? A giant, of course, at the top of a beanstalk. Lewis had always been fascinated by the foes of his namesake. He wrote passionately of Gawain from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the ettins that were blowing after him. The Green Knight of the tale is half–ettin himself, his unnamed wife has a green girdle and appears to be a student of Morgan le Fay. So it is no surprise to find gusts of the great medieval poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , all the way through The Silver Chair. It isn’t far from the Lady of the Green Girdle to the Lady of the Green Kirtle, after all, especially when both of whom are artists of ambiguity and deceit. And if anything is going to make me love a book more, it’s one that owes its inspiration to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight , an especial and particular favourite of mine.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rosalie

    I just love Lewis's descriptions and creativity and the way he weaves stories together, and The Silver Chair is another shining example of his giftedness. It's a sad sort of story to read at times because Narnia is changing once again and old friends are gone or dead or dying. There's just a strange thread of grief wound through it that's hard to describe, this sense that all this sadness is not the way it's supposed to be. But the last chapter is called The Healing of Harms, and I cried while rea I just love Lewis's descriptions and creativity and the way he weaves stories together, and The Silver Chair is another shining example of his giftedness. It's a sad sort of story to read at times because Narnia is changing once again and old friends are gone or dead or dying. There's just a strange thread of grief wound through it that's hard to describe, this sense that all this sadness is not the way it's supposed to be. But the last chapter is called The Healing of Harms, and I cried while reading it. Because all this sadness ISN'T the way it's supposed to be. But one day everything sad will come untrue, and we will see the country we've been saved to see. (Also, seven cheers for Puddleglum.)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    This was a re-read and I own a physical copy of the entire series! DISCLAIMER: I loved Puddleglum! On the other hand, The Silver Chair didn't quite live up to my expectations. It follows Eustace from the previous book in the series and a classmate called Jill. To escape a group of bullies, they venture outside of their school and arrive back into the world of Narnia. Their quest is to save a Prince from impending danger! Although I enjoyed the world-building, I found the pacing to be quite slow an This was a re-read and I own a physical copy of the entire series! DISCLAIMER: I loved Puddleglum! On the other hand, The Silver Chair didn't quite live up to my expectations. It follows Eustace from the previous book in the series and a classmate called Jill. To escape a group of bullies, they venture outside of their school and arrive back into the world of Narnia. Their quest is to save a Prince from impending danger! Although I enjoyed the world-building, I found the pacing to be quite slow and the story-line not as gripping as I thought it would be. Not my favourite from the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jesica

    Another one year in London and about 50 years in Narnia. Eustace Scrubb was comforting his friend, Jill Pole when the kid that bullied Jill came. They ran to hide and stumbled into another world where Eustace fell to a cliff but saved by Aslan. The two of them were then sent to Narnia to find the missing Prince Rillian, son of Caspian X and the heir of Narnia throne. Eustace and Jill is my favorite pair in Narnia series. I especially love their adventures in this book because their innocence. Whi Another one year in London and about 50 years in Narnia. Eustace Scrubb was comforting his friend, Jill Pole when the kid that bullied Jill came. They ran to hide and stumbled into another world where Eustace fell to a cliff but saved by Aslan. The two of them were then sent to Narnia to find the missing Prince Rillian, son of Caspian X and the heir of Narnia throne. Eustace and Jill is my favorite pair in Narnia series. I especially love their adventures in this book because their innocence. While the Pevensies had been the kings and queens, it could be said that Eustace and Jill were nobodies so they somehow more carefree and without much responsibilities and expectations. Jill had never been to Narnia and Eustace had only gone once and in a short time so he hardly more experienced. They kept making mistakes and missing Aslan’s signs that they made their journey far more difficult than necessary but that’s what makes it interesting. And their guide, Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle was just weirdly cute. There’s another evil witch here though I don’t think any witch could beat Jadis. There’s hints on the world’s end and the next and final book in the series (chronologically) so it makes finishing this series more exciting.

  28. 4 out of 5

    R.J. Rodda

    A pleasure to read this to my kids. Arguably my favourite Narnia book! And isn't this every bullied child's dream - to escape the bullies and be whisked away to a magical land?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Els

    Loved it. As always. Wish I was small and simplistic again, though, so that I wouldn't constantly mentally add to Lewis' writing to make it more descriptive and/or profound. This is a children's book, Seneca. Relax. You got the point when you were younger. And sometimes, simplicity is best.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stella❤️ 孔凡星

    I remember that when I was little, I loved this movie. I was so excited to read this book but when I went to search up this movie online, I realized IT DOESNT EXIST. As in, they never made a movie version of this book. But when reading the book, it seemed so eerily familiar to the point where I’m confused beyond relief.

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