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“One of the better Narnia novels. The writing was much the same as the others, yet Lewis added more detail to the environment with this one, which slowed things down a bit. Some scenes were a bit predictable, but not so much that it ruined the story. In fact, the pivotal scene in the book had me...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“This is not the best book of the series. Sometimes it was a little dull, but it could also be the Dutch translation which was very childish and boring. But there were some funny parts in it. I didn't read this book in English yet, so maybe I should do it, but I'm afraid it will not help.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is probably one of the least well-known of Lewis's Narnia stories, and that's too bad. The overarching Christian metaphor is a bit less obvious, here, but is actually quite powerful and relevant to our day and age where the idea of believing in things is often mocked by many. Lewis and Pudleglum offer a pretty good response to those naysayers.”William B wrote this review 5 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Starts off slow, but it's pretty exciting from the middle to the end. Very memorable scenes and characters.”Alicia McKenzie wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very exciting!!!”jacquelinej wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely one of my favorites in the series.”Natalie wrote this review Thursday, September 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I started the series with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, making this the fifth book I've read in the series, and so far it's my least favorite. I wasn't going to proceed with the series after the first book I read, because I found the blatant Christian Allegory annoying, but friends told me that, except for The Last Battle, that aspect of the books becomes less evident--and I pretty much found that to be the case, including in this book, although it's hard not to see it when Aslan the Lion enters the story.
And actually, in a way I almost enjoyed that aspect this time. Call it Stockholm Syndrome, but I thought that entire scene with the Witch and the Marsh-wiggle Puddleglum debating was a cool version of Plato's Allegory of the Cave. It's not a philosophical view I ascribe to, but I had to give Lewis snaps for presenting rather sophisticated philosophical/theological concepts through the workings of a magical spell in a children's story.
What annoyed me here were the slaps at co-educational, secular (and democratic/republican ie non-monarchial) education through the school the children Jill and Eustace attend. "Experiment House" has a Head who *gasp* "was by the way, a woman" and where "girls are not taught to curtsy." Quel horror! It irritated me so much--even though it's a very small part of the story, that it was hard for the story's admitted charms to come though. I think much of the accusations I've read that Lewis' Narnia is racist or sexist is mostly Politically Correct hogwash. His girls are every bit as smart, brave and capable as his boys--and as important to the story. But all that does make me cringe.
As usual though, Lewis does exhibit a prodigious imagination and powerful imagery in this quest tale as well as winning touches of humor and whimsy. Puddleglum is a great comedic character and settings like Bism unforgettable. It's been obvious reading these that Narnia is as influential in fantasy as Tolkien's Middle Earth. With messenger owls, giants, feasts and the evils of the color green connected to snakes I'm reminded of Rowling's Harry Potter tales just as the warrior mice of Prince Caspian made me think of Jacques' Redwall and the talking horses of The Horse and His Boy made me think of Lackey's companions in her Valdemar books. And it's more obvious with every book Pullman's His Dark Materials is the anti-Narnia.
So, bottom line is as a fan of the fantasy genre I'm glad I'm finally catching up with this series. Were I a parent I might feel ambivalent giving this to my children--Lewis' values aren't mine. But I also tend to think it's best to just feed kid's imaginations and not worry books like these are going to indoctrinate them. I know people of all faiths and no faith who loved Narnia as a child--and I can understand why.”
“Kate”Elizabeth Bonin wrote this review Saturday, August 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Before reading The Silver Chair, I had heard mixed reviews. So, I was a little skeptical as to whether I’d like the story, especially with Eustace being one of the main characters. However, I quite enjoyed the book, even though there was quite a bit of screaming (on my part) at the characters because they didn’t see the obvious signs until later in the book. The adventures in this story were fun and it was fun to meet the new characters introduced in this book.”jenni_elyse wrote this review Sunday, July 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was a wonderful addition to the Narnia series, despite my desire to have the Pevensies back. However, Eustace and Jill are unique in their own ways. The story itself was wonderful, and I couldn't wait to see what happened in the last book.”¡Travis! wrote this review Monday, July 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it! It's a typically Narnia book, and I mean that in the best way. Very moving at the end.”Jordan Noblitt wrote this review Friday, June 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No