Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy, #3)That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this on Kindle.

I really enjoyed this book. There was so much that Lewis had to say and show. 

The evil was really evil, and the layers were peeled back slowly, slowly to the final climax.  The evil is so evil it doesn't seem possible to defeat.

The good was really good. Waiting, abiding, sojourning, trusting God.  That's generally a good plan.

I love, love, love that Lewis solves SciFi problems grounded in history.  In Out of the Silent Planet he used Classical Astronomy.  Here we see historical characters and a historical train of thought.  We see mythological representations of Mars, Venus, and the other planets. We see that God's creation waits the freeing of Tellus.

I was left wanting more tying up of loose ends.  (view spoiler)

I'm glad I finally tried out the series this year.  It was worth the time investment.  I think reading an annotated version of this and some of Lewis' backing ideas and allusions would be fascinating.

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  1. I'm pretty sure it was Dennison (Denniston?). In that last scene, Ransom said good bye to everyone but him and Camilla (and maybe Miss Ironwood). I got the impression that he had business before leaving, and what else could it have been but that?

    1. Yeah, I think you must be right. I kept forgetting about him, he was around so little, but he was my guess too.


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