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Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2) (original 1943; edition 1943)

by C. S. Lewis

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Title:Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2)
Authors:C. S. Lewis
Info:HarperCollins Entertainment (2005), Paperback, 288 pages
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Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (Author) (1943)


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Creepy, but beautiful; well worth reading at least once. ( )
  ex_ottoyuhr | May 7, 2014 |
Incredible ( )
  iamjonlarson | Apr 24, 2014 |
Originally posted at FanLit.

Perelandra is the second volume of C.S. Lewis’s SPACE TRILOGY and I liked it even better than Out of the Silent Planet, its predecessor. Cambridge professor Dr. Elwin Ransom is back on Earth and has told his friend Lewis about the adventures he had on the planet Mars and the supernatural beings he met there. When Ransom explains that there’s an epic battle between good and evil, that the planet Venus is about to play an important part, and that he’s been called to Venus to do some unknown task, Lewis begins to worry about his friend. Yet he decides to help him get to Venus anyway, so Ransom goes and eventually returns to tell his tale, which Lewis has transcribed for us.

Venus is gorgeous — a lush conglomerate of archipelagos where the land floats on top of the water, so that walking on it is like walking on a waterbed. The sky is full of stunning colors that Ransom has never seen before; exotic trees delight the eye and yield delicious fruit. Other than the strange but friendly animals, Ransom seems to be alone in this world — until he sees a beautiful naked woman waving from a neighboring island. When he finally meets her, he discovers that evil lurks in this seemingly perfect world.

If you were able to ignore the Christian allegory in Out of the Silent Planet, you won’t be able to do so in Perelandra — it’s a parallel version of humanity’s awakening in the Garden of Eden and Eve’s temptation to sin. Evil is trying to gain a foothold and Ransom suddenly realizes what it would mean to bring “the knowledge of good and evil” into a sinless paradise. Ransom discovers that the Biblical admonition to resist temptation may be a spiritual truth on Earth, but at this time on Venus it’s a real physical battle and he has been sent to fight it, both with words and fists.

C.S. Lewis, a lover of words and mythology, writes beautifully about the alien paradise of Venus and the possibility that what is myth in one world might be truth in another. He also has much to say about good and evil, sin and obedience, madness and sanity, loneliness and companionship, science and the supernatural, predestination and free will, the nature of God and man, and humanity’s purpose in the universe. Some readers will accuse Lewis of preachiness, I’m sure, and that’s something that usually annoys me, but though Ransom’s introspections go on a little too long, I found it impossible to resist the beauty, logic, and concision of his philosophizing.

I listened to Geoffrey Howard narrate Blackstone Audio’s version of Perelandra which is just under 8 hours long. Mr. Howard narrates rather than performs the story, which I think is suitable. I’ll certainly be listening to him read the concluding volume: That Hideous Strength. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
The second in the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis, Perelandra, does not disappoint. Full of spiritual imagery and whimsy with his ever-present backbone of solid writing. Following Ransom on another mission through space which this time lands him on Perelandra (or as we call it Venus) the readers find him in a battle with an all too familiar enemy.

It will be interesting to see how he concludes the saga in the final installment, That Hideous Strength. ( )
  AliceaP | Feb 8, 2014 |
Lewis himself never described these as Science Fiction, but as fairy tales. Now other writers have committed books as soft on Science as this, but called them Sci-Fi. I guess it was the prejudice against fantasy that was common in the 1950's and 60's, especially in the USA.
This effort sees Arthur Ramsom coming to understand the function of the earth in the struggle of good and evil, and that people are an order of creation, but not the only creatures of importance in that creation. Thus, it is a good volume two in a trilogy.
I'm plugging another book here, "Planet Narnia", by Michael Ward, a great book about Lewis. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Jan 26, 2014 |
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As I left the railway station at Worchester and set out on the three-mile walk to Ransom's cottage, I reflected that no one on that platform could possibly guess the truth about the man I was going to visit.
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The story of the fall of man philosophically retold as a space adventure. An amazing allegorical work by one of England's most well-known authors.
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The second book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet -- Perelandra -- when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom's mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet.

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Dr. Ransom is recruited by the denizens of Malacandra, befriended in Out of the Silent Planet, to rescue the edenic planet Perelandra and its peace-loving populace from a terrible threat: a malevolent being from another world who strives to create a new world order, and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so.… (more)

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