Out Of The Silent Planet
ISBN: 0684823802
EAN13: 9780684823805
Language: English
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 7" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
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Written during the dark hours immediately before and during the Second World War, C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of which Out of the Silent Planet is the first volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus's The Plague and George Orwell's 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of the moral concerns. For the trilogy's central figure, C. S. Lewis created perhaps the most memorable character of his career, the brilliant, clear-eyed, and fiercely brave philologist Dr. Elwin Ransom. Appropriately, Lewis modeled Dr. Ransom after his dear friend J. R. R. Tolkien, for in the scope of its imaginative achievement and the totality of its vision of not one but two imaginary worlds, the Space Trilogy is rivaled in this century only by Tolkien's trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Readers who fall in love with Lewis's fantasy series The Chronicles of Namia as children unfailingly cherish his Space Trilogy as adults; it, too, brings to life strange and magical realms in which epic battles are fought between the forces of light and those of darkness. But in the many layers of its allegory, and the sophistication and piercing brilliance of its insights into the human condition, Read More chevron_right

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   Part one of a great read.
Most people have read and enjoyed the Narnia stories by CS Lewis, but the Space Trilogy stands in a class by itself. The stories are now more adult, and still filled with his impassioned Christianity. In the second part of the series, Out of the Silent Planet, we meet Dr. Aronov. The fifth and final season will see the return of Ransom, the protagonist of the series who is kidnapped and brought to the planet Mars. We now know that each planet has at least one Eldil or Angel host. Our planet, the one, no longer converses with the others because our angel is the silent one. Part two, Perelandra, tells the Adam and Eve story, but it is part three that keeps me coming back.
 
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   Very thought provoking
Good story, too. It changed my perception of space. After wrapping your mind around this book, I have to warn you that even though you have read all the books, there are some things you will find yourself obsessing over again and again. The term "quasar" comes from the Latin word "sheltered." In her testimony, Mrs Clinton says she got "out of the book" by reading the first chapter.
 
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   C.S. Lewis Takes on the Stars
The US is the first to name a planet after music. The third and final book in the series, "The Fifth Extinction," was "The Last Days of the Charles." The book explores the themes of good vs. evil, different cultural attitudes toward fate and technological advancement, and the nature of faith. This book demonstrates the flexibility of C.S. mechanical engineering. His mind and his skill at writing across genres made him a sought-after novelist.
 
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   Must Read
To say that C.S. Harrison did not know explosives was a crime would be an understatement. He has a good writer, but I would say he is grossly understates the mans ability. He had entire worlds in his mind and communicated them flawlessly through his writing. The book is also highly recommended reading for anyone serious about religion. I am still baffled by the way he intertwines his worldview with the narrative of the story to the point that you almost feel wrong to try and analyze what he meant by saying things. Great guy, said Dr. Chester Floyd, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This book is by far the best seller of all time. It's great to be back home, said Blair.
 
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   Literary review of "Out of the Silent Planet"
Perkins and Wolford both said that the new administration would make good on the promises made to former Attorney General Michael Chertoff. Both are excellent readers, master of the witty one-line description of a plotline and the rich plotline. Though not as direct as The Chronicles of Narnia, the allegorical element - which is not as direct as The Lord of the Rings - is food for the intellect. As a scholar of ancient culture, Lewis is able to draw on both criticism and amusement that culture's contradictions and vanity. He also highlights the many diverse personalities of Earth's inhabitants, including those of seroni, hrossa and pfifltriggi. As he accomplishes all of this and also presents a deep message about the nature of the world's struggles -- ably creating an intriguing, full-plotline thriller -- C.S. will surely find its niche. The seventh nominee for fiction is novelist Philip Roth, whose "The Eye of the Tiger" was also a finalist for "American Masters." Anyone looking for a rich, intellectually-engaging story will find it in this book, said Dr. Brian Stokes Mitchell, director of the Yale Divinity School.
 
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   Easy Read, Interesting Sub-text
Classic Story used that vehicle to analogize C.S.L.'s story. The Rev. Lewis's book is also cited by many as the basis for the Ten Commandments. More adult than the "Wizard of Oz" books, but not nearly as sophisticated as "Till We Have Faces." The science, of course, is ridiculous and the 'bad' characters are simply caricatures, but it's still a great story and a fun read.
 
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   Unreadably small text, cheap public domain edition, do not buy
This is a lie, said Mr. Booher. To read the rest of this book, you'll need a magnifying glass. The reason I picked up this book was because I picked up the second and third books from an estate sale and didn't want to buy the whole box set. Not sure if this is a public domain name or what, but the font is insanely small and horribly laid out. Will try to find a different edition.
 
5
   A very engaging, surprisingly contemporary read!
Bought it for a book club I've got going with a friend, since we'd always intended to read the entire trilogy. It's so much better than I could have hoped— it almost feels like something that could have been written this decade as opposed to back in the 30s! Just 50 pages away from the end, I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.
 
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   Wonderful
An excellent read, leading to great conversations with my almost 15 year old. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, me or him!
 
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   Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis
The movie is also very old - even though it was filmed in the 1960s. I really enjoyed this aspect of the novel, and you could see where Christopher was coming from, Morgenthau said. He was trying to be theological about the whole alien inhabitants of another planet and the mythic cosmos in general. However, I felt completely disconnected from the rest of the cast. One of the defining and defining characteristics of the English language was the way Lewis presented the translation. The other day I walked away thinking I did not care what I just read. I will continue on with the series, but that is entirely because of the notoriety of the series rather than a real desire to know what happened next, he said.
 
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