Only one book left after this one. The Silver Chair is the sixth book in the Narnia series, and the story is almost ending, but not in this book, which does not allow us to glimpse what kind of ending the series will have. The tone of the story is not one of closure, or that something is about to happen that will end everything. The story continues.
This book goes back a bit about its roots, if that can be said, and I consider that it has much more similarities with the first two books than with those that followed. The type of fantasy that is described has that childish air used at the beginning of the saga, which we later realise is perhaps not so childish. A resource very well used by the author, to say something and mean something else.
As I mentioned in the previous post about the fifth book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, CS Lewis appeals to a mystical tone as he finishes the book. It is not very explained, or perhaps yes, … like usual. All this has also a close link to religion, which is a comment that repeated in all the book reviews of Narnia. I tried to avoid thinking about religion while reading the book (I just wanted to read the book, nothing else), and these religious comments may have been a bit incomprehensible to me… until the moment I ran into them…directly.
Like in previous posts, I have made a summary of the title of the book in other language, just to have some fun:
- “The Silver Chair” – original in English
- “La silla de Plata” – Spanish, just as the original.
- “Der silberne Sessel bzw. Die Tür nach Narnia” – German, translated this means “The silver sofa, or the door to Narnia”
- “Le Fauteuil d’argent“ – French, same as in German, it is not a chair, but more a sofa.
- “La sedia d’argento“ – Italian, just as the original in English
- “A Cadeira de Prata / O Trono de Prata” – Portuguese, depending on the version, it was either a silver chair, or a silver throne
- “銀のいす” – Japanese, just as the original
Final comment: if I have to say it in a simple way, I liked the book, but it was not a challenge to read it, nor was the ending too surprising. A book to read during a rainy weekend, yes, but, a book to get to the final one of the whole series.
Book quote: “Aslan’s instructions always work; there are no exceptions.”
Keep on reading,
Questions to answer in the comments:
Have you read the series of Narnia? And what about “The Silver Chair”? Did you like it? Do you agree with my final comments? Have you read any similar books you would recommend, for someone who would like to read more of the same genre? Please answer all these questions in the comments!