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Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2) Paperback – April 8, 2003
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The New York Times Mr. Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable.
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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First, I loved "Out of the Silent Planet". Naturally I immediately searched for and purchased the following books in the series and began digging into Perelandra as soon as I could. What happened next was almost completely unexpected, however. I began noticing that my interest in the story was waning and I then found myself pushing to read on just to reach the next chapter - and this is where I am at in writing this review.
I want to be fair, not only to C.S. Lewis, but also to his avid fans (me being one of them). The book is well-crafted, the prose is excellent as expected from Lewis' writing, and the characters and settings are vibrantly detailed and imaginative as ever.
For some reason the pacing of the book and perhaps the setting and the fact that some of the elements of traveling into space and visiting an odd place have lost the magic or newness so-to-speak, and, subsequently, I have found myself less interested and captivated by the story. Perhaps this is also because the first book of the series was a complete mystery to me and had more (or at least seems like it did) sci-fi-esque elements? Regardless of what the reason is, I just cannot find myself being able to say that I love this second chapter in the Space Trilogy. I will attempt to finish it at some point in order to be able to carry on to That Hideous Strength and, if nothing else, be able to say that I have read through the complete trilogy - but for the time being, I'll be somewhat forcing myself to do so.
I am sure some would completely disagree with me and think me insane for only giving Perelandra 4/5 stars - and others may be thinking it quite appropriate. I suppose this is the nature of personal opinion on such matters.
*Update: I finished Perelandra today and must say that somewhere near the latter half-way mark of the book the story began to pick up and I once again found myself intrigued and it difficult to put the book down. There was still several pages here and there that I quickly skimmed through, but for the most part the latter half of the book was, at least to me, far more enjoyable than the first. With that said, I still hold fast to my 4/5 rating for the second entry in the Space Trilogy, but I am now more optimistic about starting the final entry, "That Hideous Strength".
The main point of this book, in my reading of it, is to bring to light the arguments of atheistic thought in light of the universe and how it has no reason. What I mean is that there is no purpose or moral. If there is no God, no designer, or ruler, if all is simply a matter of a natural development over time, any purpose or moral is imposed by a person or civilization for its own reason. This I believe Lewis illustrates from the perspective of creatures who live knowing God and the story of the fall of Lucifer. There are many other more subtle observations I have that bring me to believe this novel is a Christian apologetics book, but they may be creations of my own mind, nor is there time for that sort of thing in a short review.
I rate this as four out of five stars because it is a book I thoroughly enjoyed, but do not count it as an absolute favorite.