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Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
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Perelandra (1943)

by C. S. Lewis

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Series: 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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This was.... not at all what I was expecting, after "Out of the Silent Planet." It was still compelling and I couldn't put it down. Lewis is a master storyteller. But, um... subtlety, thrown out the window.

On attempted re-read for Retro Hugo Awards evaluation .. it's so very silly. And not in a great way. ( )
  CiaraCat | Jan 9, 2020 |
Dedicated to 'Some Ladis at Wantage'
  holycrossabbey | Oct 29, 2019 |
Essential Lewis reading. I have yet to find one of his works that does not reflect his deep religious thought. Perelandra is no exception. ( )
  hbuchana | Oct 5, 2019 |
Less plot-driven than Out of the Silent Planet. Lewis is perhaps too didactic and self-conscious with his imagery. Yet, it is worth reading and thinking about. ( )
  ckadams5 | Jun 19, 2019 |
Less plot-driven than Out of the Silent Planet. Lewis is perhaps too didactic and self-conscious with his imagery. Yet, it is worth reading and thinking about. ( )
  ckadams5 | Jun 19, 2019 |
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Lewis, C. S.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Craft, KunikoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kannosto, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Symancyk, BernardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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