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Best characters, weakest plot,
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This review is from: That Hideous Strength (Voyager Classics) (Paperback)
Serials can be subject to the law of diminishing returns, and that is certainly true to an extent here. That extent is the plot, which remains resolutely silly in order to accomodate some (admittedly very valid) points about expediency and power against morality and indeed humanity. What makes this book compelling is the magnificent characterisation of the married couple Mark and Jane Studdock, taking opposite sides in a particularly bitter struggle between the Hideous Strength and its opponents, and who take up whole chapters describing struggles within themselves and their uncertainty about their relationship. Not for those who like light reading, but for purists and fans of the other two books who want to know the ending, this is definitely worth reading.