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Perelandra (Voyager) [Paperback]

C. S. Lewis
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3 July 2000 Voyager

The second novel in Lewis’s science fiction trilogy tells of Dr Ransom’s voyage to the planet of Perelandra (Venus).

On Perelandra Dr Ransom finds himself battling to preserve a second Eden from the evil forces present in the possessed body of his enemy, Weston. Ransom eventually destroys the body of Weston, which he calls the ‘Un-man’ and is thanked by all the creatures of the planet which come to greet him.

Through the fantasy of Perelandra, Lewis explores issues of good and evil, God and the devil. His vividly imaginative description of another world is remarkable and delightul.


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New edition edition (3 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006281664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006281665
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,718,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.


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‘Thrilling.’ Sir Hugh Walpole

‘Remarkable … a rare power of inventive imagination.’ Times Literary Supplement

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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That night he lay on the slopes between the stems of the ripple trees with the sweet-scented, wind-proof, delicately-whispering roof above his head, and when morning came he resumed his journey. At first he climbed through dense mists. When these parted, he found himself so high that the concave of the sea seemed to close him in on every side but one: and on that one he saw the rose-red peaks, no longer very distant, and a pass between the nearest ones through which he caught a glimpse of something soft and flushed. And now he began to feel a strange mixture of sensations – a sense of perfect duty to enter that secret place which the peaks were guarding with an equal sense of trespass. He dared not go up that pass: he dared not do otherwise.

In the second novel in C.S Lewis's classic sci-fi trilogy, Dr Ransom travels to the planet of Perelandra, a beautiful Eden-like world. He is horrified to find that his old enemy, Dr Weston, has also arrived and is intent upon evil plans once more. As the mad Weston's body is taken over by the forces of evil, Ransom engages in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of Perelandra.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensually thrilling but a little slow 8 April 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In this book, Lewis stimulates the senses with his descriptions of bubble trees, floating islands, colorful skies, beautiful sounds and strange creatures. (It was a compliment to Lewis when one reader complained of being seasick after reading about the floating islands.) From the standpoint of imaginative scene painting, Lewis is at his best in PERELANDRA. His plot involves a wonderful twist on an old story: the Genesis fall of mankind. It is no coincidence that Lewis was lecturing on Milton at the same time that he was composing PERELANDRA. In fact, reading Lewis's PREFACE TO PARADISE LOST, John Milton's PARADISE LOST, and Lewis's PERELANDRA in this order forms a nice trilogy, one I recommend trying. The chief shortcoming of PERELANDRA is exactly what the reader from Eureka, CA says: the story drags in the middle. The action and forward movement of the plot are too slow for my taste. Lewis's tendancy towards repetitive writing also slows things at times, especially near the very end when he goes through several pages of "praise be he" statements. Despite these pecadillos, the book is definitely worth reading for the beauty, the intriguing plot, and for background to THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The space trilogy sags in the middle. 11 Sep 1997
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Format:Paperback
To criticize C.S. Lewis is to incur the wrath of millions of his faithful. However, Perelandra simply drags. Where Out Of The Silent Planet was a breezy sci-fi allegory of humankind's failings, and That Hideous Strength is simply the penultimate Lewis tale, this middle chapter is overlong and overly dense. Ransom is taken to Perelandra by an eldil, where his mission is to thwart the devil's temptation of that planet's Eve. Once more, Lewis's description of a foreign environment is rich and brilliantly imagined. Once the devil arrives (in the body of Weston) things kick into low gear. While philosophically intriguing, the arguments of Satan and Ransom and the questions of Eve quickly begin to appear circular and meandering. The climactic chase and physical confrontaion with the devil is both much too long and rather illogical. The denouement is classic Lewis, setting up Ransom's position for the final chapter of the trilogy with magical and moving brilliance, though it is too little to redeem the rest of the novel. Perelandra is a slow and tedious read, worth it only for the wonderful payoff in the third book, That Hideous Strength.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but flawed 20 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
C. S. Lewis is said to have found "Perelandra" his favourite among his own books, and an improvement over "Out of the Silent Planet". Though a strong Lewis fan, I'm afraid I cannot agree. OOSP attempts one thing, and achieves it perfectly. Perelandra fails by being too ambitious.

"Out of the Silent Planet" is an almost perfect story. The description of Martian creatures and scenery is delightful, without the author having to ram home how terribly significant it all is; and the evil targeted for attack is limited, believable, and allowed to collapse under its own weight. (Ransom's translation of Weston's speech out of the Shavian-evolutionary into Malacandrian i.e. plain English is one of the funniest things I've read.) In Perelandra, on the other hand, the author is always TELLING you how beautiful everything is, instead of letting you find this out for yourself, and the appeal of every new fruit or creature is swept aside by its being used as the occasion for yet a further sermon on the nature of pleasure.

The central flaw is the problem of any writer in depicting evil: how do you make it obvious enough that it IS evil, but also account for its appeal? It is cheating, and ultimately self-defeating, first to depict the beliefs you dislike, and then to make them more obviously evil by adding a few extra unrelated vices. Weston (the devil figure in this book) is so plausible in his attempts to mislead the new Eve that Ransom does not know how to reply other than by physically removing him from the scene. However, Weston also amuses himself in his spare time by pointlessly mutilating frogs.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story, A Great Sequel 1 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed "Out of the Silent Planet", and proceeded on to the sequel. I was enchanted by this world of floating islands, and the prospect of returning to the Garden of Eden with hopes that we might "get it right". This one had me reading into the wee hours more than once. It's as close as I've been to obsessed for a long time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent offering by Mr. Lewis 27 Mar 1997
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Format:Paperback
Ransom takes off for Perelendra (Venus ) with the help of his angelic Oyarsa and lands in an ocean world with floating islands, bubble trees, small tame dragons, and seemingly two other inhabitants. They are human(but green)and one, the man, is missing. The woman is astonishingly innocent.
Ransom's old nemesis, the evil physics professor, lands on Venus soon after Ransom and it is clear that he is possessed of an evil spirit and up to no good. Ransom and he battle over the women's soul and the fate of the planet through long, fascinating dialogue,that illuminates Lewis' theology. Ultimately, the battle becomes physical and deadly.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, not the least because a friend told me that he found himself always agreeing with the evil professor. He does make some compelling arguments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prophetically Accurate.
A slow start. But once the Un-man and Ransom begin to lock-horns philosophically, with the innocence and future of Perelandra at stake, the book truly begins to take shape. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. W. Charnley
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual book!
I love C S Lewis' work.
The Silent Planet was a worthwhile read, I'm not so sure about Perelandra, for me the story was lacking for the large middle section of the book after... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stanwick
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit rambling
Much of the magic and imagination of Out of the Silent Planet inhabits this dreamy world, but the core of the book is devoted to a long philosophical and then physical struggle... Read more
Published 10 months ago by carol carlile
5.0 out of 5 stars A cosmic classic
Having read this book several times as a library book I wanted my own copy to hand for future re-reads. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ben
4.0 out of 5 stars Perelandra
It's not an easy book to read, but an excellent book once you get into it. You can ignore the spiritual parallels if you want to.
Published 13 months ago by joh
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
If you want to read Sci Fi that was ahead of it's time and with a powerful moral foundation then you will love this trilogy.
Published 13 months ago by M. Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Perelandra
I first read this a long time ago, I had forgotten how fascinating it was, C. S. Lewis has a wonderful immagination.
Published 20 months ago by K. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis's favorite novel he ever wrote, his own version of PARADISE LOST
"Perelandra", the second novel in the, if you believe the blurbs, celebrated "Space Trilogy", stands as Lewis's on contribution to the form of the modern epic and also his tribute... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mike London
3.0 out of 5 stars Touchdown on Perelandra
Although the weakest book in the trilogy, Perelandra's worth reading for the sake of setting the context for Lewis's rip-roaring finale: "That Hideous Strength". Read more
Published 21 months ago by Julian Skidmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis's favorite novel he ever wrote, his own version of PARADISE LOST
[Throughout the years, I have written a number of reviews that have never been published online on Amazon. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mike London
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