A Novel

Book - 1944
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The second book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which also includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength, Perelandra continues the adventures of the extraordinary Dr. Ransom. Pitted against the most destructive of human weaknesses, temptation, the great man must battle evil on a new planet -- Perelandra -- when it is invaded by a dark force. Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order and who must destroy an old and beautiful civilization to do so? Or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man? The outcome of Dr. Ransom's mighty struggle alone will determine the fate of this peace-loving planet.
Publisher: New York : Macmillan, 1944.
ISBN: 9780743234917
Call Number: LEWIS
Characteristics: 190 pages ; 21 cm
Subjects: Ransom, Elwin (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Life on other planets -- Fiction.
College teachers -- Fiction.
Good and evil -- Fiction.
Philologists -- Fiction.
Linguists -- Fiction.
Science fiction.


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Jan 17, 2017

In Perelandra, the second book in CS Lewis' Space Trilogy, Elwin Ransom is summoned by the eldils to travel to Perelandra, the world men call Venus, for unknown reasons. Where Malacandra (Mars) boasted a civilization older than that of Thulcandra (Earth), Perelandra is younger - indeed, intelligent life is just beginning. Ransom recognizes his purpose after he meets the Lady - the Venusian Eve - and the pair are joined by his old enemy Weston, there to play the role of the Tempter. Or, at least, to be the host for the true Tempter.

Perelandra is less interesting as science fiction than Out of the Silent Planet. There are some memorable creations - Venus' floating islands of vegetation primary among them - but the focus is now on the philosophical and religious elements of the story. Lewis' real triumph is in the character of the Tempter. There is none of the operatic grandeur of Milton's Satan in the thing possessing Weston, but only petty baseness and senseless - worse, passionless - cruelty. Its arguments are the arguments its kind have made throughout human history, distilled into a few days of subversion, while the final battle between Ransom and not-Weston is one of the most epic fights in all of literature.

Oct 11, 2016

I personally believe that C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are the two best writers of the 20th century. Must be the initials. :) In his Space Trilogy, Lewis proves yet again that he is a master wordsmith with amazing ideas. He manages to explain concepts which are almost unfathomable, and make them understandable. Another wonder of literature.

Feb 07, 2015

An absolutely excellent book for one written decades ago. It will keep you on the edge of your seat, spell-bound and guessing at every turn. An excellent second part of the silent planet trilogy, and one of Lewis's most imaginative books in my opinion.

Dec 13, 2012

One of my favourites in the Space trilogy.

euclid13 Aug 13, 2012


haywardfamily Mar 03, 2012

Great book!


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