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This review is from: That Hideous Strength (Voyager) (Paperback)
C S Lewis was one of the finest writers of fantasy before the term was coined; in the wake of his friend J R R Tolkien's "The Hobbit" the field expanded from Wellsian Martians and Morlocks to encompass parallel and imagined worlds rather than grim futures. This book, the third in the trilogy about Ransome and Weston, takes the Pendragon myth as its central theme, and explores the impact on a nightmarish Orwellian "modern" Britain of the return of Merlin. While Lewis's (1945) views can appear reactionary, his love for England and its open arms and acceptance of other cultures and influences (barring totalitarianism of either wing) is evident throughout. More humourous, more adult, less bible-bashing than Narnia. A truly wonderful book.