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That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis
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Aug 02, 09

bookshelves: classics, top-20

The first two books of the space trilogy are ones where I really enjoyed the depth of their philosophy and theology. However, the stories themselves felt too hollow or even missing at times for me to be willing to give them more than four stars. "That Hideous Strength" was a book where Lewis took everything that was good in the first two books, and simply put them within a much deeper story that had many more developed and unique characters.

It is the kind of book that I could not expect everyone to enjoy. Also, given the last five to ten pages, many may find that it was not satisfying enough, or felt like the first two books, in the end. Still, I must list it as one of my favorites given the wonderful depth of the story and philisophic discussions, the interesting characters, and Lewis's clever ways of making thematic material that relies upon the reader's own analization of it.
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