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Perelandra: (Space Trilogy, Book Two) (The Space Trilogy 2) [Kindle Edition]

C. S. Lewis
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Just as readers have been transfixed by the stories, characters, and deeper meanings of Lewis's timeless tales in The Chronicles of Narnia, most find this same allure in his classic Space Trilogy. In these fantasy stories for adults, we encounter, once again, magical creatures, a world of wonders, epic battles, and revelations of transcendent truths.

Perelandra, the second novel in Lewis's science fiction trilogy, tells of Dr. Ransom's voyage to the paradise planet of Perelandra, or Venus, which turns out to be a beautiful Eden-like world. He is horrified to find that his old enemy, Dr. Weston, has also arrived and is putting him in grave peril once more. As the mad Weston's body is taken over by the forces of evil, Ransom engages in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of Perelandra!

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  • Editorial Reviews


    The New Yorker If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.

    Los Angeles Times Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions.

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    • File Size: 531 KB
    • Print Length: 322 pages
    • Publisher: HarperOne (April 3, 2012)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006L872Q0
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    65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Eden as it should have been: Lewis' descriptive mastery November 18, 1997
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    Perelandra is quite the most hauntingly beautiful book this reviewer has ever read. From the moment Ransom, the principal character, enters Venus, we are treated to descriptive passages that have the ability to place in your mind an unforgettably beautiful world. Lewis' sweeping prose creates a remarkable vision of an Eden that knows no pain, and the book as a whole leaves the reader with a deep sense of joy and an appreciation of the loveliness of human life. Lewis is quite deliberately retelling the Christian story of temptation, and the theology espoused in the arguments between Ransom and the devil's advocate, Weston, watched with some confusion by Venus' "Eve", show a deep and profound grasp of the methods of evil, and the twisting, roundabout attempts to persuade her to disobey God. Within this story, Lewis disputes and gives an answer to the still prevalent assumptions of much of science fiction - that man must survive at all costs and extend his seed to the ends of the universe. The physical fight with Weston, told around more stunning descriptions of the natural beauty of Venus, suggest that evil is not all-powerful, and Ransom himself recognises the smallness of his actions against the great dance of life, which is the theme of the fast, moving conclusion to the work. Of the three novels that make up this sequence, Perelandra is by far the most thought-provoking, lucid, beautiful and complete. Lewis himself felt that this stand-alone novel was one of his best, and this reviewer encourages anyone who wishes to sample his adult fiction to get this book.
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    39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Novel I've Ever Read August 23, 2003
    This is, without doubt, the best novel I've ever read. It even beats The Lord of the Rings trilogy. C. S. Lewis's power of description, psychological insight, and emotional intensity reach a height here that is unparalleled. But beyond such engaging writing, Perelandra gives us poetry in prose, reality in story, theology in fantasy, truth in myth. It is an evocative tale, so compelling that for a faint second I could have believed it was true, and that Lewis was describing real events, not fictitious ones! And that is because it is so deeply grounded in the reality of The Great Dance, the drama of creation and redemption which is being enacted upon the stage of humanity. The final pages of this book sent my spirits soaring. I can scarcely describe its impact upon me. Take it and read.
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Still Enjoyable And Insightful After Many Reads July 16, 2001
    This is the second volume of Lewis's space trilogy (begun in Out Of The Silent Planet and ending with That Hideous Strength) and an excellent one it is. People talk about the books being readable independently, but you'll get more out of them if you read them in their proper order. Lewis has a particular knack for imagining and describing how things would look to a person who had never seen them before, what in effect a "pure experience" would be like the moment when the sensation is trying to become perception, and a knack as well for reaching between soul and spirit to describe the inner subtle workings of human nature at a level most of us are normally unaware of until someone like Lewis describes them to us. The result makes for enjoyable reading, particularly in the context of a trip to another planet. Here Dr. Ransom is sent off by heavenly powers to Venus where another earthman, possessed of some diabolic force, is intent on bringing about the downfall of that race. Ransom is there to stop it. The story of the Original Sin is retold with imaginative variety, and the book has a particularly and undeniably Christian bent which may well affect the reaction of non-Christian readers. Lewis does a lot of philosophizing in this text, but not as much as in the final volume, That Hideous Strength, which is for that reason and others the weakest of the three. But here he is still at the height of his powers and in control of them.
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    74 of 90 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun AND allergorical November 14, 2000
    That wacky C.S. Lewis, thinking he can stick Christian ideals and
    beliefs into a science-fictional setting. What gall. You know what
    the funny part is? It actually works, which is something of an
    accomplishment in itself. Y'see, this story continues from the last
    book (Out of the Silent Planet) where Dr Ransom is sent to
    "Perelandra" (Venus) where he finds a fantastic unspoiled
    paradise populated by strange and quite friendly animals . . . and a
    single green woman who seems rather innocent of the world (psst
    . . . think "Eve"). No sooner do they get to chatting then
    someone shows up who might just be the agent of the Devil, trying to
    tempt "Eve" into disobeying "God" (not called God
    but you get the idea) and Ransom has to figure out how to put a stop
    to someone who is not only smarter, older and has lots more experience
    at this, but managed to do it right once before. Arguments ensue.
    People who have read Lewis have complained to me that he tends to
    "preach" a bit too much, and I can see from this novel where
    people get that idea from. But really it isn't that much of a
    problem, for every couple pages of theological argument (cloaked in SF
    terms, really) he slathers the page full of absolutely beautiful
    descriptions of the planet, you can get lost sorting through all of
    them. He really thought this place out and while it's nowhere near
    the "real" Venus, my first rule of writing is chuck science
    if it gets in the way of a good story.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    good book
    Published 5 days ago by Toni L. Scheu
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read trilogy.
    I really like these books. They keep you interested in what happens next. Not too difficult to read for those who don't usually like reading.
    Published 6 days ago by Dmitriy Lyashenko
    5.0 out of 5 stars enrich your outlook
    classic and thought provoking scifi gem by an accomplished genius
    Published 12 days ago by Byron Bouquet
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Perfect condition and I look forward to the other books in the series!
    Published 18 days ago by Bethany
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating how a human on a perfect planet can really mess things up
    CS Lewis continues his narration of a fallen earth compared to planets which don't know evil. Fascinating how a human on a perfect planet can really mess things up.
    Published 27 days ago by Sue
    3.0 out of 5 stars Deep
    Thought provoking. I enjoyed it. Vs Lewis tells interesting stories. Read if you like science fiction. That's all I can say about the book.
    Published 28 days ago by Jennifer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Best book ever.
    Published 1 month ago by COlin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read "Out of the Silent Planet" first.
    Thoughtful sci-fi. We've learned a lot more about the realities of the planet Venus since this was written, but forget all that, and enjoy. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by L.E.Y.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Fantastic read!
    Published 2 months ago by Amanda R.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Content Review
    This book can be read separate from the other books in the Space Trilogy. C.S. Lewis is at his best writing about the potential fall and redemption of another world. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Larry Brink
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    Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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