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ISBN/ASIN : 0007157177
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Release data : 05 December, 2005
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Best characters, weakest plot
Serials can be subject to the law of diminishing returns, and that is certainly true to an extent here. That extent is the plot, which remains resolutely silly in order to accomodate some (admittedly very valid) points about expediency and power against morality and indeed humanity. What makes this book compelling is the magnificent characterisation of the married couple Mark and Jane Studdock, taking opposite sides in a particularly bitter struggle between the Hideous Strength and its opponents, and who take up whole chapters describing struggles within themselves and their uncertainty about their relationship. Not for those who like light reading, but for purists and fans of the other two books who want to know the ending, this is definitely worth reading.
fascinating conclusion to the space trilogy
This novel is a wonderful conclusion to CS Lewis' space trilogy, which began with Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra (also published as Voyage to Venus). I use the word 'wonderful' in it's fullest original meaning i.e. full of wonder.
That Hideous Strenght was one of the first SF books I bought and is at least in part responsible for the five crammed bookcases which now house my collection.
Lewis has blended classical, Arthurian, medieval legend and allegory for the climax to the story of Ransome.
The book is suffused throughout with Lewis' Christian beliefs and philosophy but don't let that put you off - as an agnostic bordering on atheist myself I can assure you that it doesn't detract from the book.
C S Lewis was one of the finest writers of fantasy before the term was coined; in the wake of his friend J R R Tolkien's "The Hobbit" the field expanded from Wellsian Martians and Morlocks to encompass parallel and imagined worlds rather than grim futures. This book, the third in the trilogy about Ransome and Weston, takes the Pendragon myth as its central theme, and explores the impact on a nightmarish Orwellian "modern" Britain of the return of Merlin. While Lewis's (1945) views can appear reactionary, his love for England and its open arms and acceptance of other cultures and influences (barring totalitarianism of either wing) is evident throughout. More humourous, more adult, less bible-bashing than Narnia. A truly wonderful book.