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Monday, November 23, 2009

Book "The Silver Chair" by C.S.Lewis


This is a fantasy novel for children written by C.S.Lewis. It was first published in 1953.

The story begins with Eustace asking for Aslan’s help when trying to escape with classmate Jill Pole from bullies at their school. They reach a gate that leads them into Aslan’s Country. Jill shows off by approaching a cliff’s edge and Eustace falls over the edge while trying to pull her back. Aslan appears and saves Eustace by blowing him to Narnia. Aslan tells Jill she must help Eustace find Prince Rilian, and gives Jill four signs to guide her and Eustace on their quest. Then he blows Jill into Narnia and she arrives moments after Eustace. They see the old King Caspian, Prince Rilians’ father, preparing to sail east to search for Aslan. The Lord Regent, Trumpkin, gives Eustace and Jill room in Cair Paravel. Over their, they meet Glimfeatherm and some owls that help them, explaining that Rilian disappeared while looking for a green serpent that killed his mother and now he is under a spell from the Green Witch.
Jill and Eustace travels toward the North of Narnia with Puddleglum, a Marsh-wiggle. They enter into the land of the giants. While wandering through the land of the giants, they find the Lady of the Green Kirtle, which tells them to go to Harfang, a castle belonging to the Gentle Giants. The giants over there give Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum a warm welcome but in fact the giants are planning to eat them at the Autumn Feast. They escape and go to a nearby cave and slide down a slope into the Underland. Over there they are found by gnomes, whose leader asks the trio to follow them. They cross the Sunless Sea in a boat towards the city ruled by the Lady of the Green Kirtle and her protégé. She is no other than the Green Witch. Her young protégé treats them pleasantly, but seems to be disturbed. He says that he suffers from nightly psychotic episodes and needs to be bound to a silver chair in order not to kill everyone in sight. While he is having one of those psychotic attacks, he asks them to release him in the name of Aslan. That was the fourth sign that Aslan had given to Jill for helping their quest, so they release the young man that reveals himself to be Prince Rilian. The Green Witch returns and tries to bewitch them all, but Puddleglum breaks her spell and she transforms herself into a green serpent. Prince Rilian recognizes the serpent as the same one that killed his mother and he kills the serpent and leads the travelers in their escape from the Underworld.

The gnomes are also free from the witch’s spell and show them a route upward out of the Underworld. Prince Rilian returns to Cair Paravel where his old father meets him just before dying. Aslan appears and congratulates Eustace and Jill. Aslan revives King Caspian and when returning the kids to their own world, Caspian goes (rejuvenated) with them, and helps to frighten the school bullies away. The bullies also saw Aslan and run back to the school in terror. Aslan and Caspian return to Aslan’s Country and Eustace and Jill change clothes and go back to their school.

The main characters in this book are Aslan, Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Prince Rilian, Puddleglum, Glimfeather, and the Green Witch.

This is absolutely a must-read book. It makes you want to read all the books from this series “Chronicles of Narnia”.

Pages: 243
My Rate: 5 Stars

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