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Perelandra (1943)

by C. S. Lewis

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Series: Kosminė trilogija (II dalis), Space Trilogy (2)

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The second book of Lewis's sci-fi trilogy, this is a sharp, sophisticated fantasy that deals with an old problem, temptation, in a new world, Perelandra. "Mr Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable".-The New York Times. Written during the dark hours immediately before and during the Second World War, C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of which Perelandra is the second volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus's The Plague and George Orwell's 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of the moral concerns. For the trilogy's central figure, C.S. Lewis created perhaps the most memorable character of his career, the brilliant, clear-eyed, and fiercely brave philologist Dr. Elwin Ransom. Appropriately, Lewis modeled Dr. Ransom after his dear friend J.R.R. Tolkien, for in the scope of its imaginative achievement and the totality of its vision of not one but two imaginary worlds, the Space Trilogy is rivaled in this century only by Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Readers who fall in love with Lewis's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia as children, unfailingly cherish his Space Trilogy as adults; it, too, brings to life strange and magical realms in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. But in the many layers of its allegory, and the sophistication and piercing brilliance of its insights into the human condition, it occupies a place among the English language's most extraordinary works for any age, and for all time. In Perelandra, 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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Every time I read a science fiction of Lewis's I can't help but think of The Wardrobe series and how it could have easily been written in an even more fantastic manner. Instead of an unknown land beyond a wardrobe, the children could have landed on a completely different planet in a completely different universe. But I digress...
Perelandra is a Planet of Pleasure (Venus) where strange desires give way to shameless naked beauty much like the Garden of Eden. Meanwhile, Evil is trying to create a New World Order. Sound familiar? Religion is heavy-handed and ever present in Lewis's work. Perelandra is either orgasmic or hellish; hideous or beautiful. The colors are vibrant and throbbing: gold and green oceans and silver flashes across the sky. That was the element of Perelandra I liked the best. The imagery was fantastic.
Here's a stereotype: Ransom needs to travel naked like so many other time travelers. I guess clothes are hard to transmute through time and space. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 25, 2022 |
The Space Trilogy:

A guy named Ransom gets kidnapped by two scientists and taken to Mars. In the second book he voluntarily goes to Venus, and the third one takes place on Earth with some Arthurian mythos woven in. I really enjoyed the first book and would recommend it, but the second one turns into a really long philosophical debate in the middle and the third one is pretty much long and boring all the way through. My recommendation would be to read the first, skim the second, and skip the third. ( )
  vvbooklady | Jan 1, 2022 |
...thence through thousands of miles of dark and silence and infernal fire, to the very heart of each, Reality lived – the meaningless, the unmade, the omnipotent idiocy to which all spirits were irrelevant and before which all efforts were vain.

There are distinct elements of Lovecraft in this C.S.Lewis tale which is weird. Most of the my favourite parts are of the Lovecraft variety. Apart from that this is a retelling of the Adam and Eve myth but on venus.
I'll just put to one side the moral problems of the myth and the infinity of horrors against women it has, is and will be used to justify.
Just judging the story on its own it can't help but inherit some of that sexism but thats the least of its problems, not i take that back, not least but only one of its problems.
Lewis runs out of ideas about half-way and things take a very odd direction, quite a novel one in fact for someone of Lewis' viewpoint. I won't say what it is but his method for dealing with the serpent-in-the-garden character was unexpected to say the least.

The entire last third is mostly visuals and religious, philosophical quantum theory style ramblings. You ever seen the last 15 minutes of '2001 a space odyssey'? Its like that but with words and boredom :lol .
There's also a little what felt like shade thrown at Lord of the Rings (the Moria section) at one point.

Oh and as a sidenote, no judgment, the main character was in the prequel clearly an avatar of Lewis himself, so it comes across a little weird that in this he basically becomes if not jesus at least a major saint.

Overall i had a lot of feelings with this one, its kinda a hot mess but quite interesting. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
"As long as what you are afraid of is something evil, you may still hope that the good may come to your rescue. But suppose you struggle through to the good and find it is also dreadful? How if food turns out to be the very thing you can't eat and home the very place you can't live and your very comforter the person who makes you uncomfortable. Then, indeed, there is no rescue possible: the last card has been played. "
  taurus27 | Oct 12, 2021 |
Case 13 shelf 4
  semoffat | Aug 31, 2021 |
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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 second book of Lewis's sci-fi trilogy, this is a sharp, sophisticated fantasy that deals with an old problem, temptation, in a new world, Perelandra. "Mr Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable".-The New York Times. Written during the dark hours immediately before and during the Second World War, C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of which Perelandra is the second volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus's The Plague and George Orwell's 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of the moral concerns. For the trilogy's central figure, C.S. Lewis created perhaps the most memorable character of his career, the brilliant, clear-eyed, and fiercely brave philologist Dr. Elwin Ransom. Appropriately, Lewis modeled Dr. Ransom after his dear friend J.R.R. Tolkien, for in the scope of its imaginative achievement and the totality of its vision of not one but two imaginary worlds, the Space Trilogy is rivaled in this century only by Tolkien's trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Readers who fall in love with Lewis's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia as children, unfailingly cherish his Space Trilogy as adults; it, too, brings to life strange and magical realms in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. But in the many layers of its allegory, and the sophistication and piercing brilliance of its insights into the human condition, it occupies a place among the English language's most extraordinary works for any age, and for all time. In Perelandra, 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.

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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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