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Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2) Paperback – April 8, 2003
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Commonweal Writing of the highest order. Perelandra is, from all standpoints, far superior to other tales of interplanetary adventures.
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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- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint edition (April 8, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 074323491X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0743234917
- Lexile measure : 1020L
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I just finished reading all three of CS Lewis' Space Trilogy back-to-back (published in 1938, 1943, and 1945) over the past few weeks. First caution, don't start with the 3rd book in the trilogy. The trilogy is a masterpiece, but jumping into the 3rd book will seriously shortchange what you will understand if you read all three in order. Second caution, don't start with the 2nd book in the trilogy. The series geometrically builds the cast, plot, and stakes book-by-book. A shortcut only shortchanges you. That said, this magnificent trilogy builds a fictional setting of interlocking stories that culminate, in the third, by illustrating that hideous strength which Lewis later describes in the tiny prose book: The Abolition of Man (1947). My interest in reading the trilogy after reading The Abolition of Man was piqued by the first of the seven (highest-quality HD) video lecture series on C. S. Lewis, all of which are presented free and streaming: just google "Hillsdale College C. S. Lewis lecture one" and enjoy this incredibly generous series. For the purpose of this book review, and for your greatest enjoyment, don't go past video lecture one and its Q&A session, but go from there to read The Abolition of Man (one-hour read), then the space trilogy in order. After you're done, return to the free lecture series 2 through 7. In this order you'll maximize enjoyment of this banquet, without any spoilers.
As to this version, it was not at all formatted for the Kindle. Throughout there were breaks within paragraphs. Almost all special characters or unique fonts were missing. One needed to use significant imagination to understand what was intended. It was like the early of scanning documents for OCR. All of the letters were on the page but not at all how the author intended them. Books 1 and 3 were correctly formatted and a pleasure to read. This one took way too much work.
The only fault of this book, is that it reads at less than 200 pages, when so much is left about this perfect world that we could have had. But then, how do you describe infinite perfection and beauty in a world such as ours, that chose pain, suffering, and evil over those offered to us.
Perelandra is a perfect read for all people!
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If you have strong spiritual leanings, if you are wrestling with your faith or looking for the meaning of life, the trilogy may be very much to your taste.
I usually really enjoy C. S. Lewis's books and had been looking forward to reading the Cosmic Trilogy for a while. For a pre-satellite era space story Lewis' science-fantasy plot is a good approach - it's better to make things obviously unrealistic, than be made irrelevant by actual developments in astronomy. And some things in the book are really excellent; I really like the method Lewis uses to transport his central character to Venus and he certainly demonstrates his creative imagination for a world of which almost nothing was known in the 1940s and comes up with a number of rich ideas for its environment, echoed in some sense in Stephen Baxter's book Flood.
Yet there are a few ways I think the book falls short. Too often Lewis seems to fall in love with his own abstract prose, it's like a verbal version of Disney's Fantasia in places. In other areas Lewis is too directly theological - I think he could have expressed his thinking in the context of the story better, as he did for "Out of The Silent Planet". I also think there are a few plot holes with the Queen of Perelandra and finally I think he lets the politics of WWII affect the resolution of the book.
Nevertheless, it's worth reading if nothing else, for setting the scene for the last book in the series, which is much, much better :-) !
sometimes scary but always powerful. Lewis's power to visualise a world similar to this one but untouched by evil is second
to none. There is always the a sense that behind the fantasy of this story there is a reality waiting to be discovered.