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Perelandra (Space Trilogy #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  22,135 ratings  ·  1,081 reviews
When Perelandra first appeared--it is now, by popular demand, being once more made available in hard cover--Leonard Bacon wrote in The Saturday Review of Literature: "Mr. Lewis is beyond question one of the most exciting and satisfactory writers who has come to the surface out of the maelstrom of these turbulent times. That he should have done so is not to be wondered at....more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published 1978 by Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc (first published 1944)
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Manny
"James, does the name 'Perelandra' mean anything to you?"

"Yes, I believe so. Poetic name for the planet Venus. Inhabited by two analogues of Adam and Eve, living in a state of prelapsarian bliss. All sounds rather pleasant."

"Very good, James. However, we've received intelligence that SMERSH have infiltrated an agent, who is going to try to tempt the Eve-analogue. We want you to stop him."

"Well, as a boy, I always did enjoy stealing the odd apple."

"Don't be flippant, James."

"I find it's the most...more
Stephen
5.0 stars. I thought this was an AMAZING book. After liking Out of the Silent Planet, this novel blew me away. The theme of the book is a re-telling of the "Fall" of Adam and Eve using Venus (called Perelandra) as the setting. You can tell that C. S. Lewis was really "feeling" the prose as he wrote this and his passion for the work was evident throughout. I thought it read like lush poetry that was both powerful and emotional.

I was deeply impressed by this story and now look forward to reading...more
Charles H
Aug 15, 2007 Charles H rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Perelandra is the second of C.S. Lewis's space trilogy. In that universe, it is the name of the planet Venus - a beautiful sinless planet with life at its dawn. Perelandra is a passionate and fierce ocean world with awesome storms, golden sunlight, millions of floating islands, and critters to inhabit them. On Perelandra live only two sentient creatures: the King and the Queen. They rule the world as Adam and Eve. A philologist named Ransom is sent from Earth as God's representative with an unkn...more
Kathryn
I re-read this book (the second book in the Space Trilogy) for at least the second time as the September selection for my Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club (meeting on the evening of September 11, 2012). It seems that every time I read this book (which is much more theology and fantasy than it is science fiction) that I like it more.

The main character from Out of the Silent Planet, Dr. Elwin Ransom, returns once again in this book; he is sent to the planet Perelandra (Venus) by the Oyrasa of Malacandra (...more
Kat  Hooper
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 Ven...more
Julie Davis
Just as with Out of the Silent Planet, I found the beginning of the book fairly uninviting. However, also just as in that book, having the audio helped me past that to the point where I was amazed at C.S. Lewis's imagination in the world of Perelandra. Simply astounding. I am also caught up in the story for its own sake and also, I must admit, because I keep thinking of how much J.R.R. Tolkien liked these books. It is almost a companion piece for The Lord of the Rings. Same deep world view, diff...more
Michael
It is difficult to write a review about “Perelandra”. There is so much that could be said that it is hard to know where to begin. Its story is so rich, the imagery so beautiful, the underlying themes so profound and complex, its theology so full that no summary can do it justice. I would rather simply encourage everyone to read it and let each discover its joys for themselves. But since there is no reason for anyone to merely take my word for it, I will do my best to support my recommendation.

Th...more
Alex
"In the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, here goes--I mean, Amen!" --Dr. Ransom, before throwing a rock in Satan's face.

The second book in C.S. Lewis' "Space Trilogy" was overall better than the first. My one caveat for tackling this trilogy is to prepare yourself for some hardcore contemplation of Christianity and its relationship to outer space--it's definitely not for everyone, but I'm enjoying it. Perelandra sees Dr. Ransom traveling to Venus (which is actually called Perelan...more
David Gregg
So great! Lewis' thought screams from the pages of this book, as it does from "Out of the Silent Planet" (As of this writing, I have yet to read "That Hideous Strength," but it's next.) Just for the allegorically and dialogically _nonfiction value_ of this book alone (that is, nonfiction content in the form of symbolism and commentary by the narrator or conversation between fictional characters), it is an exceedingly worthy read!

--UPDATE February 15, 2012--
I really want to read this particular b...more
Alana
When I was a senior in high school, I decided to do my author paper on C. S. Lewis and choose to specifically emphasize this book. Of the three books in the space trilogy, this one would be my favorite. I love how Lewis takes a look back at what the garden of Eden might have been like while still avoiding being allegorical. I love how he throws in huge theological truths in a more understandable story form. There are points where I would differ from him theologically, but that does little to det...more
Trice
Maybe it's the audio version or maybe it's the timing, but this time around - my 2nd through the book - there are some thoughts that are really connecting at every level, in particular the horror of the Unman and of the Fallen and the understanding of the joy and freedom found in obedience to the one true God.

The one thing that's bothered me so far is that in a couple places Lewis almost seems to imply that we shouldn't be pushing for greater scientific understanding, or for space exploration. T...more
Fred Warren
C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra is my favorite Christian science fiction novel. It’s the second book in his celebrated Space Trilogy, which chronicles the adventures of British philologist (language expert) Edwin Ransom as he travels between Earth, Mars, and Venus and discovers his fate is inextricably connected with events both physical and spiritual on all three worlds.

In Perelandra, Ransom is transported to Venus, “Perelandra,” a world of vast oceans and floating islands. There he meets Tinidril, a be...more
RØB
This second installment seemed much more philosophical, much more dense, much more cerebral, and ultimately much more obviously Christian-themed than OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET. It was also longer, but the events therein were no less interesting. Much more reflective, I think. Almost more a treatise than a novel. It contains some moments of genuine horror, and others of sublimity. I'll be interested to see what THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH is all about...
Jacob Aitken
This book is a very flawed but rather beautiful gem. While Narnia is extremely over-rated, I understand why this series never caught on. First I will give the problems with the book, then end on a good note. Lewis will go 30-60 pages without dialogue. Simply describes things. While his powers of description are remarkable, it is often hard to follow.

On the other hand, this book is an example of master storytelling. Narnia supposedly had good theology because we see Aslan take the place of Edmun...more
Amy
It was good and gave me a lot to think about, you can tell its by the same author as Narnia :D

Perfection is not an easy thing to grasp hold of. The very notion of good seems completely unfathomable, much less flawlessness. What might the world have been like before sin? What would it be like to think and live in absolute innocence?
C.S. Lewis takes a stab at these questions and more in his fascinating sequel to “Out of the Silent Planet” and second book in the “Space Trilogy”, with “Perelandra...more
John Gardner
The second book in Lewis’ “Space Trilogy” makes for more difficult reading than the first (“Out of the Silent Planet”), but I enjoyed it much more. The difficulty comes from the vast amount of dialogue, as the protagonist (Dr. Ransom) and the antagonist (Dr. Weston) engage in a battle of wits, with the fate of the planet Perelandra hanging in the balance.

While not exactly an allegory, the themes of this book have much to do with Creation, the Fall, and the doctrine of original sin. As in Screwta...more
Ryan Mac
This book was better than the first one in the Space Trilogy. You don't need to read Out of the Silent Planet in order to understand what is happening in this one but it helps with the background. In this book, the main character from the first book, Dr. Ransom, travels to Venus (also known as Perelandra) to help confront temptation. An interesting twist on the Fall of Man/Garden of Eden story from the Bible. If you don't like a lot of description about the various landscapes, creatures, plants...more
Jonathan McIntosh
A Puritan like John Owen writes a theological treatise "On Sin and Temptation."
When it comes time for Lewis to write on the nature of sin and temptation he gives us a story.
What comes out of this story, however, is such insight and wisdom about the nature of sin, desire, covetousness and satisfaction.
The closing speeches in the last chapter are filled with such beauty they are almost overwhelming. You will come away with deep awe of and amazement at the person of Christ and the plan of our great...more
Meghan Fidler
It appears C.S. Lewis took the phrase "men are from mars and women are from Venus" literally.
In the first book, 'Out of the Silent Planet,' the main protagonist Ransom used all his emotional-scientific skills and fought against his evil kidnappers to protect the beings on Mars from being liquidated in an anti-colonial narrative.
In 'Perelandra,' Ransom has been sent to Venus to advert disaster... Which turns out to be in the form of the Devil himself, now inhabiting his former kidnapper's body...more
Megan Baxter
C.S. Lewis, I'm disappointed in you. And that's the first time that has happened. I don't share your religion, but it's never kept me from enjoying one of your books before. I have been in love with the Narnia books since first I read them. I enjoyed the first book in this series. I even enjoyed the start of the theological discussions in these books. And then I hated where they went.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can...more
Lily C
It's hard to know where to start when reviewing this book. It's many things - dense, vivid, unnerving, majestic. Like most good science fiction, it provokes the reader to think about "what if" questions. What makes it different is that these questions transport the reader into the middle of one of the most impactful episodes in human mythology as it is played out a second time, on another planet, with a chance of a different outcome. Philosophical and theological ideas are more overt here than i...more
Matt
Though this is the second book in a series, it really wouldn't be necessary to read the first book in order to understand it. In fact, 'Perelandra' is so different than 'Out of the Silent Planet' that the two feel a little incongruent.

There are four and even five-star sections of this book that could stand alone as excerpts. I was surprised by the direction the book went and-as I have often done before-I had to marvel at Lewis' ability to be so unorthodox while remaining within orthodoxy (in reg...more
Tori
Written for book club:
Anticlimactic. Dull, flat characters. Lengthy undescriptive descriptions. These are all things that come to mind when I think of C.S. Lewis' Perelandra.
At first the book had some promise. As the second novel in Lewis' space trilogy, I thought that it would be similar to what the first book, Out of the Silent Planet, was. Granted, the first book was mediocre, but it was interesting. When I started to read Perelandra, it looked like it might have been even better then the fi...more
Shannon
In high school I started C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy. I loved Out of the Silent Planet but found Perelandra too difficult to understand, so I gave up on the thought of even starting the longest book of the three, That Hideous Strength .

Now, more than twenty years later, I'm making a second attempt at reading through the trilogy. Again, I really liked Out of the Silent Planet, and though I understood it better this time, I didn't enjoy Perelandra quite as much. (I think part of it was timing -- I...more
John
The second book in Lewis' Space Trilogy, PERELANDRA starts off on the wrong foot by immediately delving into page after page of pure exposition in order to reacquaint readers with the events that happened in the first book, as well as to fill in all the story gaps that the first book failed to touch upon--further demonstrating what a lousy job OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET did at setting up the overall story arc.
At first, I felt much of the same ambivalence toward PERELANDRA that I initially felt tow...more
Nathan Eilers
Perelandra blindsided me. I don't know why I was surprised to find that Lewis can write amazing science fiction, especially since I've already been through all of Narnia, but I was. When people talked about the Space Trilogy, I was skeptical that it would be any good. I couldn't have been more wrong.

There are two things that make Perelandra exceptional in my view. The first is the world Lewis evokes in the book. It is incredibly creative, well thought-out, and complete. It is also extraordinaril...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
This is the second book in the "Space Trilogy" that began in Out of the Silent Planet. I've seen the titles on several science fiction recommendation lists, and the books are considered classics of the genre, but if you've read the first two books, it's evident that what Lewis wrote was consciously un-science fiction. That's not simply because of the liberties taken with science--pretty much all science-fiction writers do that. Einstein's theory of Relativity tells us nothing can exceed the spee...more
Bill
I could have sworn I wrote a review of this guy. Oh well... I could swear a lot of things.

Compared to Out Of The Silent Planet, this book is in living color. Say what you will about overt, hamfisted allegory - C.S. Lewis is at home with it. The comparatively subtle religious elements of Out of the Silent Planet come roaring out in this book, which features demonic possession and an alien Adam and Eve. This is all about the fall of man, or trying to prevent it.

It's been a moment since I read this...more
Joel Arnold
The second of the Space Trilogy, Perelandra has a completely different texture than Out of the Silent Planet (Book #1). Much of the book is more philosophical in the undefined, abstract / poetic way that is so distinctively Lewis. It is also heavily allegorical. (Ironically, Lewis prefaces it with an explicit statement that none of the characters are allegorical.) Ransom's role is to intervene in a replaying of the garden of Eden (set on Venus).

Beside the entertainment value, the biggest benefit...more
Dan Walker
Christian sci-fi? You're kidding me, right? No I'm not. And what a great book it was, too.



Perelandra has a simple premise: what if you, today, could be transported back to Eden and stand at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil while Eve talks with the serpent? What would you do or say? This book made me feel the horror of standing at the precipice of millennia of misery and wanting to stop it; but in the next instant feeling an icy chill as I realize that my personal knowledge of sin is al...more
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th...more
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