That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy #3)
In defense of Mr. Angry Bear, I must agree that while the giant, kick-ass bear on the cover may not be exactly false advertising, it is certainly in the category of misleading...similar to beer commercials telling you "drink this beer and hot people will be all over you” when the reality is closer to “drink enough of our beer and you will think the people all over you are real...more
This third book finds Ransom back on earth, preparing for an interplanetary response to the threat of apocalypse, which is about to...more
It is also some of the funniest stuff i've ever read in my life. Only a few paragraphs into a scene near the end of the book, which draws on the goings on at Babel, when the languages were confused -- well, it set off a laughing fit that l...more
It is Lewis' most satirical book, even more so than "Screwtape Letters." It is probably his most sophisticated fiction work with the exception of "Till We Have F...more
The most disorienting thing about the book is the lack of...more
I guess these books fall into the “Science Fiction” category, since they involve interplanetary travel. But it’s a misnomer to call it the Space Trilogy - the books are based on the idea that Space - what we think of as a cold vacuum - is a rich, vibrant, more-than-real world filled with life. And that’s just the start - there are so many other interesting concepts about the universe (spiritual and physical), explored in the series.
In the first two b...more
This book made me not like CS Lewis as much, which is sad for me because he was my favorite author... Halfway through the book I still had no idea what the plot...more
this is the last book in lewis's space trilogy - although this one never goes into space. the interstellar supernatural spiritual battle between good and evil visits earth itself. dr ransom again features as the hero, although not so much the main character this time.
in this book, lewis focuses on jane and mark studdock - a somewhat unhappily married newlywed couple who find themselves on opposite sides of the great universal struggle...more
Indeed, on the surface we get a simple, almost mundane, tale of a young couple and the choices each person ma...more
The finial book in the (C.S.Lewis Space) trilogy oddly applicable for today. (Those in the UK might find the "name" of the evil group interesting as the book was written many years before the National Health system was set up.)
This book is in some ways more "traditionally" a modern fantasy novel touching on figures from myth and folklore and bringing in national legend. It tells a good allegorical tale with a couple of good subplots and and satisf...more
The beginning was really dull, with all the small English university and foundation politics. Lewis used this to introduce and develop most of the main characters. Everything he wrote may be true of the small university in...more
But the true evil is not democracy. It is diabolical, to be sure, and monarchy is definitely to be preferred, but the true battle takes place on "the unseen world."
Lewis puts "spiritual warfare" in a rather direct, most uncomfortable light. Christians piously prat about spir...more
Of the three novels by Lewis featuring Ransome, That Hideous Strength is the least interesting. Lewis himself was clearly not entirely happy with it, as he abridged the novel quite considerably after the first publication.
The story of the novel is about an organisation named N.I.C.E., the kind of acronym which after The Man From U.N.C.L.E. became impossible to use seriously. Its public agenda is criminal rehabilitation, but it is in fact out...more
Mu favorite passage in “That Hideous Strength,” involves one of the principal characters, a young sociology professor named Mark Studdock who becomes caught up in a diabolical plot by a group of elitist social planners to take over the world.
During a faculty dinner at his college an older professor named Hingest tries to warn Studdock about becoming involved...more
The plot line is entertaining enough, but one of the main characters, Mark, has so little character and is not very lik...more
Context: Moved into our fourth home in 2 years while I was reading this.
Review: The final book in Lewis’ so-called space trilogy was a disappointment to me. At least in the other two, Lewis had created worlds I could explore, here, with the setting being small town England, there was little to hold my attention.
Mark Studdock is a proud, arrogant and self-absorbed man who gets his fix from the praise of his elders. Thus, when the young university lecturer falls under the influence of scientis...more
I still love this and have returned to it more than once.
I raved about the first 2 books of this trilogy. I can't about the last.
Lewis makes a very significant change in his voice and approach here in the final book of his "Space Trilogy." Knowing some of the history of its writing, this is in large part due to his closer association with and the influence of the fellow author and member of "The Inklings," George MacDonald.
MacDonald's influence upon Lewis is evidenced by this book being much darker and much less connected to the the...more
Throw in a skeptical and reluctant dream-seer, a manipulative meandering contemplative, a brothel police unit under the direction of a shameless sadist, obscenely advanced medical technology, an irresistibly charismatic philologist, a resurrected Arthurian legend, possession by Roman mythological deities, and the return of a fateful ancient...more
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Jane said she'd never heard of anyone liking fogs before but she didn't mind trying. All three got in.
"That's why Camilla and I got married, "said Denniston as they drove off. "We both like Weather. Not this or that kind of weather, but just Weather. It's a useful taste if one lives in England."
"How ever did you learn to do that, Mr. Denniston?" said Jane. "I don't think I should ever learn to like rain and snow."
"It's the other way round," said Denniston. "Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children - and the dogs? They know what snow's made for."
"I'm sure I hated wet days as a child," said Jane.
"That's because the grown-ups kept you in," said Camilla. "Any child loves rain if it's allowed to go out and paddle about in it.”