Perelandra Paperback – 12 Aug 1983
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"Los Angeles Times"
Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions.
"The New Yorker"
If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.
"The New York Times" Mr. Lewis has a genius for making his fantasies livable.
"The New Yorker" If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.
"Commonweal" Writing of the highest order. "Perelandra" is, from all standpoints, far superior to other tales of interplanetary adventures.
"Los Angeles Times" Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Arrived quickly and my husband can't wait to read it. C.S.Lewis can always be dependent for great spiritual and biblical reference in every book. C.S.Lewis. Read morePublished 1 month ago by carol duncan
One of my favourite books of all time. Absolutely amazingly written, superbly described and brilliantly imagined.Published 11 months ago by Jane Almond
The first Christian book I ever read. After more than four decades reading Christian books--it is still one of the best, most useful and joyous books I have ever read.Published 12 months ago by Elliott E. Tepper
I gave the sequel three stars because the story was somewhat slower and not as gripping as Out of the Silent Planet, but still very well worth the read.Published 14 months ago by Kevin Cooper
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 morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by P. W. Charnley
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
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 morePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by carol carlile
Having read this book several times as a library book I wanted my own copy to hand for future re-reads. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by Ben