The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis – A Discussion (may contain spoilers)

20130403_171602_resized 20130403_171629_resizedWhen I was a child I watched a remake of this story and suffice to say it scared me to the point where I no longer wanted to read the book.  Luckily I have managed to put any fears I once had aside because like the Magicians Nephew, this story is highly under rated.

NOTES:

* Again Lewis takes slightly longer to get his characters into Narnia because yet again we have another new character, Jill.  I liked the background story about the school and its bullies.  It is interesting that bullying is still as relevant today as it was in 1953 when the book was first published.

* I really enjoyed Aslan‘s tasks that Jill was supposed to follow.  It made the story more quest like.  It reminds me of The Wizard of Oz as the travellers had to take a long and interesting journey with plenty of obstacles on the way.

* I find it very sad that Eustace does not get to see Prince Caspian before he sails away & also that Caspian is now old and on his death bed.  Happily, at the end of the book Caspian somehow comes back to life and is his young and vibrant self once more.

* I love the character of Puddleglum.  His negativity is hilarious.

* The giants creeped my out a little, especially when it is revealed that Jill, Eustace and Puddleglum were to become their dinner.

* Another queen as the evil villain fits nicely within the chronicles.  As usual they are always beautiful but very deadly.  The Queen of the Underland is no different.

* Prince Rilian‘s curse is an interesting plot twist and it is a tense moment when the heroes have to either believe that he is a friend of Aslan and release him or risk him turning into a serpent.

QUOTES

* ‘I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,’ said the Lion.  It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry.  It just said it.’

* “You’ve got to learn that life isn’t all fricasseed frogs and eel pie.”

* ‘But as the chair broke, there came from it a bright flash, a sound like small thunder, and (for one moment) a loathsome smell.’

* “And there’s one thing about this underground work, we shan’t get any rain.”

* “When you meet me here again, you will have come to stay. But not now. You must go back to your own world for a while.”

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis – A discussion (contains spoilers)

Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fourth book in the series sees the four Pevensie children return to Narnia only to find that it is a very different place than when they reigned.  I find this book one of the most interesting in the series.  The character development of Caspian and the plight to restore Narnia to what it was makes it a fascinating read.

NOTES –

* Again Lewis dives right into the story, the children are back in Narnia by the second page.  No mucking around in the real world.

* When the children find out they are at the ruins of Cair Paravel and take their gifts you feel the same sense of adventure brewing as in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

QUOTES from the Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

– ‘That’s the worst of girls,” said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. “They never can carry a map in their heads.”
“That’s because our heads have something inside them,” said Lucy.’

– ‘Things never happen the same way twice.’

– “Anyway,” he continued, “ghosts or not, you’ve saved my life and I’m extremely obliged to you.”