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#62 - The Silver Chair

by C.S. Lewis

The penultimate Narnia book (at least in the order in which I am reading them). I enjoyed it, although not as much as the others. This next bit might be considered a SPOILER, so you might want to skip if you haven’t read it yet . . .

But frankly, I just missed the Pevensie kids. Jill and Eustace are all right (I rather like Eustace, in fact, after his Dawn Treader adventures), but Jill didn’t do much for me, and I found the first half of this book to be pretty dull. Puddleglum is cute, though (and sounds just like Robbie Coltrane’s Hagrid in the audiobook to which I listened), and the second half, (from about the time they got to the giants at Harfang), did get more interesting. I did absolutely adore when Eustace invoked Reepicheep in regards to that bit about the chasm and the city of Bism. I'd have been disappointed not to continue the adventure, too. And I guess it's a good thing they didn't - all things considered, what with the timing at the end - but still. That would have been hard to resist.

One question though – is the green-kirtled witch meant to be Jadis? I’m guessing no – but I just wasn’t certain. In any case, I’ll rate it 7/10.

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megamagicflame
Jul. 12th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the witch in green wasn't supposed to be Jadis, but I was hoping she was. =)
myopicmeringue
Jul. 12th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
I always liked the Silver Chair - it's one of my favourites. To be honest, I never felt any of the kids had really distinct personalities anyway - I just felt they were realistic as kids, rather than as individuals. One reason I liked this one was because it had some details of their school life - and as a kid I quite liked the idea of escaping the mean kids in the playground by escaping to Narnia! Hehe - I suppose one's reaction to these books largely depends on the age at which one reads them!

I remember I did think the green-kirtled witch was Jadis. But I was about ten years old when I read it, so my interpretation might not have been very accurate! :-)
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