The second book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet Perelandra when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Pere...more
"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
I was deeply impressed by this story and now look forward to reading ...more
But soon you will realize that it's just a retailing of the garden of Eden and want to spit the hook. I stuck with it because i am apparently a masochist and determined to finish the series like i was the Nar ...more
Perelandra features the same MC, Ransom, who has now visited and returned from Venus (Perelandra). Whilst there he has fought a battle with the forces of evil to save this Eden like planet from the same fall which occurred on Earth when Eve was tempted by the apple. This is all good providing a great story, lots of opportunity for ...more
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The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis is a classic early science fiction read while at the same time being a more than excellent allegorical story of Christian faith. I'd say that if you aren't a Christian that won't keep you from enjoying the books. The allegory aside you will still get wonderful time tested S/F classic.
This volume gives a sort of retelling allegorically of the Genesis story, but with a difference. This book is (in my opinion) more than simply we ...more
So here's a fun fact: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were the best of friends (Lewis even dedicated The Screwtape Letters to Tolkein). Lewis wrote this series because of a contest him and Tolkien had, in which one of them agreed to write a trilogy about Space Travel, while the other would write a trilogy about Time Travel. For Lewis, this series was the result . . . Tolkien, unfortunately, never actually finished his book on Time Travel haha.
When they first met, Lewis was a staunc ...more
It's not for the faint of heart or weak of mind. 😂
Perelandra is gorgeous and perfect fantasy/si-fi. I miss the world so much. ...more
After his return from Malacandra, Ransom finds himself again secluded on a strange and isolated planet that goes by the name, Perelandra. As he tries to adjust to his new surroundings, he faces a bigger obstacle when he runs into his former nemesis, Weston, who appears to have dark and seedy plans for the planet. Ransom soon discovers that he has ...more
With a portrait of the devil that reminds of Poe’s M. Valdemar.
Part of me sees this devil trope as a vile, obnoxious leftist
Bent on destroying folkways (for he derides the Venusian deftness
Which makes them avoid a certain island, something the Left would call
‘Essentialist’). But, really, hard to know how Lewis would scrawl
If he’d lived to the current era. Would he have been a Christian cuck,
Or would he have gone full Fourteen Word ...more
Still one of my all-time favorites of Lewis. In this read I was looking for themes to write on. There's so much. The paradox of temptation amidst free will and providence. The effects of Malacandrian history. The interactions between good and evil. The beginning considers the spiritual from a very fleshy and earthy perspective, and by the end Lewis is deep into the etherial, numinous, and timeless. Of course, this book is a proto-The Magician's Nephew. This novel was writ ...more
Of course, judging by the news, there are good reason for this. Things are not going so well in places like Ukraine, Syria, Iraq. This election is more a cheap reality show than the choosing of the leader of the free world. Suicides and drug use are on the rise. There are few heroes to look up to, and most of our w ...more
Ransom, the hero of the trilogy, has a ...more
"Perelandra" is the second book in C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy and a marvelous adventure. I enjoyed this book far more than "The Silent Planet." The Silent Planet was a story of discovery, of exploring a new world (Mars/Malacandra) that was much different than ours and unstained by sin. But "Perelandra" is an epic story of good versus evil that is masterfully filled with Biblical imagery and themes of redemption. Perelandra is a parable of Genesis 1 and the temptation of Eve. The central ...more
The concepts and prose were gorgeous, as usual. And Lewis gives the reader so much to chew on. Honestly, this is a fairly slow book for a fiction/sci-fi novel, though not disappointing. Well worth the read. It j ...more
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
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 ...more
Unfortunately, however, while Silent Planet raised its initial rating by half a star and rounded up on this reread, Perelandra lowered its own by two.
Don’t get me wrong: It’s not that Perelandra is so much worse than I remember it being. It’s just that I no longer find the elements that blew me away the first time all that astonishing anymore.
For context, Perelandra explores what could ha ...more
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
Clive Staples Lewis 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 ...more