That Hideous Strength
  • That Hideous Strength
  • That Hideous Strength
  • That Hideous Strength
ISBN: 0743234928
EAN13: 9780743234924
Language: English
Release Date: May 13, 2003
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.9" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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 That Hideous Strength is the third 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 its 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 on 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 Narnia 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, it Read More chevron_right

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   Excellent
The reader had great English accents, the writer said. The story is engrossing while the setting is almost a century ago. One needs a spiritual perspective to appreciate Lewis' position, Graham said. While such a takeover is very unlikely today, a similar takeover might be possible, given the global financial crisis, etc.
 
4
   Interesting and strange
A book that is hard to explain and doesn't seem to fit with the trilogy but then does. If you are a fan of Lewis you will want to read this.
 
5
   Engrossing. I realized my lack of knowledge with English ...
Engrossing. Realizing this, I came to realize my lack of knowledge with English literature, with the many references to themes and characters. Whet my appetite for more?
 
5
   Brilliant literature
I liked Perelandra the best, but the finale here offers a brilliant example of Lewis' insight into the dangers and temptations of modernity.
 
5
   a fun read, but somewhat old-fashioned in style
by far the most interesting of the trilogy _ a fun read, but somewhat old-fashioned in style. High hilarity at the banquet when Merlin sets the gift of gab.
 
4
   CS Lewis novel is great start for the series
CS Lewis weaves an interesting story that helps one understand the spiritual environment in which we live. He resolves this story just enough to satisfy you but leaves unsaid to make you long to start volume 2, Perelandra. Full of spiritual meaning relevant to our times.
 
4
   This is a book written with great skill by a renowned author.
For an Oxford don who is worldwide, this is his conclusion of a trilogy on the story of humankind. Although the stories are based in England, this concluding episode - The accomplishment of SCIENCE - that would eliminate humankind, is so relevant to our times in USA and the Western World. The climax is a touching, HOPE-FILLING reversal of the major idols of today's culture. In the third and final book, "The Christ Child," Ransome conquers and restores sweetness and purity. Marvellous images of the Avengers, Spider-Man and the Black Widow.
 
5
   Totally Relevant Today More Than Ever
The third book in the series, "The Fifth Estate," was also written by Thomas Kenneally. I wrote a paper 40 years ago comparing that terrible film with the equally terrible Brave New World. These were three visions of the future by three remarkable men and though very different scenarios, they share a common denominator what they do to man, to persons. It's noteworthy that Aldous Huxley and CS Lewis died on the same day that JFK was assassinated. The significant features of personhood are mind, will and emotions. The three books show how humans are diminished through the system that evolves. The world has been changing since the 19th century and humanity is at stake, he said. He also wrote this to help us wake up... It's much more than just an entertaining read. Like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, there is a battle between good and evil. You want to be clear about that and whose side you are on.
 
5
   Absolutely Fabulous in Every Way
So beautifully written and so delightfully crafted, it's hard to put into words. Elegant and precious in so many different ways, Niki said. He was, in my opinion, the most gifted writer of this century. What a treasure! Fitting that he was close friends with J.R.R. How fitting that he was close friends with Monroe. Tolkien, another master of completely captivating fantasy, began with Silmarillion through The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. All of which I had to read over and over again. Please do read all that you can by Lewis. You will never regret one moment.
 
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   Interesting ideas and a great place from which to launch a discussion on religion ...
The fifth and final volume of the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, "The Lord of the Rings" was published in 1974 by Simon & Schuster. A little longer than it should be. Interesting ideas and a great place from which to launch a discussion on religion and in particular the Christian beliefs on God, the origins of man and many other things, he said. From that perspective, if you can muddle through the book and think about what Lewis was trying to impart, it's a great tool for teaching and stimulating conversation, Eisenberg said.
 
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