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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.
About the Author
C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.
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Nonetheless, it's a fun story.
With C.S. Lewis, it's always fun to look for the theology, and the allegorical symbolism. I didn't find it to be as powerful here as I did in Narnia. Where Narnia has many direct references to Christ and his sacrifice for us, the allegory here deals more with what it means to be human (or hnau as the hrossa call it) as well as the fallen and violent nature of man.
Of course, you could throw all that aside and just read a good adventure on another planet, and it definitely delivers on that level.
I look forward to seeing where the story goes in the next two volumes. It should be fun.
On the whole, not quite as compelling as Out of the Silent Planet (Cosmic Trilogy), but only on account of the sometimes ham-fisted theological digressions - certainly not on grounds of richness of invention
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