‘THE SILVER CHAIR’
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A Prince Imprisoned – A Country In Peril
‘The Silver Chair’ is the sixth book of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis, although it was fourth book that he wrote in the series. This book is divided into 16 chapters and it is a pretty dark adventure.
There hasn’t been a film version of ‘The Silver Chair’ made from the ‘Narnia’ series. The only visual adaptation I know of the story is the BBC version of ‘Silver Chair’ and I enjoyed that one immensely.
I was looking forward to reading the book and finding out what more there was tell of this story by C.S. Lewis’ hand. The plot doesn’t change much, though there is more detail given in some chapters.
In this story, Eustace from ‘Dawn Treader’ and his friend Jill Pole are summoned back into Narnia by Aslan. They help to find the lost son of King Caspian X, Prince Rillian, who had been taken years ago.
With the help of a Marsh-wiggle named Puddleglum who joins them on their quest, Eustace and Jill set off to find the lost prince of Narnia. They venture into giant country and end up in the Underland.
From reading the book, I found how easily I was able to visualise the BBC version of the story in my head. There were things in the novel that were subtlety different compared to the BBC TV version.
Early on in the book, the tale of ‘The Horse and His Boy’ gets mentioned in ‘The Silver Chair’. This was before C.S. Lewis actually wrote ‘The Horse and His Boy’ in the ‘Narnia’ series after ‘The Silver Chair’.
The gnomes are also different compared to the TV version. I found the gnomes in the TV version more threatening than they were in the book. The gnomes seemed sadder and pathetic in the book.
Prince Rillian also seems to be different when Eustace, Jill and Puddleglum meet him for the first time. He doesn’t wear a helmet as in the TV version, but it is made clear that his face seems wrong.
The Queen of Underland also plays a musical instrument when seducing Eustace, Jill, Puddleglum and Rillian to her will. This didn’t happen in the TV version and the Queen was less angry in the book.
The time when the Queen does become angry was when Puddleglum breaks the spell by burning his foot on the fire. This was pretty effective to read when Puddleglum defies the Queen/Witch’s spell.
It’s established that the Queen of Underland is like the White Witch from ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. I wonder if the Queen of Underland is related to the White White and is from Charn.
The actual ‘silver chair’ in the book has a very small appearance, much like in the TV version of the story. Although the ‘silver chair’ is the device that causes Prince Rillian’s enchantment by the Witch.
The climax of the book is longer in the book compared to how it was shown during the TV version. There’s more of Eustace, Jill, Puddleglum and Prince Caspian escaping from Underland in the book.
Eustace, Jill, Puddleglum and Rillian meet a gnome called Golg, who tells them why his kind are running about after the Queen of Underland’s death. The four also ride two horses on the journey.
The scenes where Jill and Eustace get out of Underland into Narnia are different compared to the TV version. Whereas the scenes were set in daytime on TV, the scenes in the book are set in the night.
And it’s also snowing with fauns dancing when Jill and Eustace get out into Narnia from underground. This adds to the climax of the story being longer than it was in book compared to TV.
‘The Silver Chair’ book is a great read from ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ book series. I enjoyed how much detail there was in the places and characters and how the TV version of the tale came to mind.
‘The Silver Chair’ (Book) rating – 9/10
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