Perelandra (Space Trilogy Series #2)

Perelandra (Space Trilogy Series #2)

by C. S. Lewis
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Perelandra (Space Trilogy Series #2) by C. S. Lewis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743234917
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 03/11/2003
Series: Space Trilogy Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 47,986
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis, born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1898, was for more than thirty years Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford, and at the time of his death in 1963 was professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Cambridge University. His many books — of fiction, poetry, theology, literary scholarship, and autobiography — include The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Miracles, and the seven volumes that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia.

Date of Birth:

November 29, 1898

Date of Death:

November 22, 1963

Place of Birth:

Belfast, Nothern Ireland

Place of Death:

Headington, England


Oxford University 1917-1923; Elected fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford in 1925

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so blown away philosophically by this book, that I made it into a screenplay and a friend of mine has made a musical score for the film. Very profound in its portrayal of the insidiousness of evil and its affect on innocence. Even though it is part of a trilogy, it stands very much on its own as a single reading. It isn't necessary to read the other books to enjoy this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot, at least 2-3 books a month- and only once before have I come across a book that literally took my breath away (Jane Eyre). C.S. Lewis' Perelandra is well written, flowing, philosophical and entertaining all at the same time. I lived every moment with Ransom as he lived on Venus. I worried with him, I sweated with him, I bled with him, I swam with him, and I rejoiced with him. This is truly a literary treasure for all. Christians I think will find it especially stirring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perelandra continues the travels of Ransom. Unlike his accidental journey to Mars in Out of the Silent Planet, this time he is sent by angels to prevent the Adversary from sullying an incorrupt planet, a world newly endowed with life--Venus, or as the inhabitants call it, Perelandra. C.S. Lewis writes with his well-known descriptive power, portraying a warm, tropical world of great oceans a floating islands. Here, Ransom must keep those on Perelandra from falling for the temptations of pride, rebellion, self-pity, vanity, selfish ambition, and discontent. In this marvelous work, C.S. Lewis thrills with one of his greatest books. You will be drawn into Perelandra, and yet will not be bored with endless scenery descriptions or the like. The beauty of his writing is that he unveils a world in a few words, words filled with depth and meaning, and which add to the morals of the story. There is hardly a word that is not directly connected to the plot. It is a matchless work of science fiction literature. ---Ryan Robledo Author of the Aelnathan
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was probably the best book i ever read (besides the Bible) It really makes you think about the spiritual side of things. It shows Gods awesome triumph over evil and how God can use one of his children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whew. I must admit that I very nearly busted a vein in my cranium after reading this masterful theological fantasy. And that is, at least what I believe, to be Perelandra's only flaw. It's SO heavy in philology, theology, and religion, that it will probably turn away many of the readers who may find interest in the book. Yet, those who can get past the incredibly descriptive and philology-based scenes that Lewis concocts, will find a hidden treasure wrought with all that a Lewis fan could ever want with the 2nd installment of this series. Yet another religion-based, allegorical, and satirical fantasy that will definitely go down as a decidedly complex masterpiece to all those who read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perelandra, the second part of C.S. Lewis¿s Space Trilogy, surpasses ¿Out of the Silent Planet¿ (a fine work indeed) and does not cease to astound the reader. Lewis has an uncanny ability to create feelings in his readers that strike a chord deep in the soul. I was utterly disturbed by some of his imagery and will not cease to be haunted by it however, the overall piece is a work of art, bringing the reader to experience all of Ransom¿s (the protagonist's)deepest feelings: from wonder and curiosity, to absolute terror, from utter loathing to absolute adoration, every part of the spectrum. A faith strengthening read for any Christian and a thought-provoking and enlightening one for the more skeptical: Perelandra is a work that inspires and that I recommend to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing...this book really makes you think about the fallingness of mankind into sin, and the lengths that one man must go through to save another planet from ending up the same way because of Lucifer--God never left this one man alone to fight the battle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent second installment in the trilogy. Lewis presents a philosophical evaluation of good and evil reworking christian alagories. Lewis has the ability to present both sides of his philosophies so that the reader knows on which side he stands but realizes that he has put a lot of thought into the opposing view.
Holy-Quest More than 1 year ago
I have read nearly all of Lewis' books. Perelandra and Till We Have Faces are my two favorites. Lewis' space trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength) form a masterpiece of literature. The scenery in Perelandra is breathtaking. The plot is riveting. Another reviewer used the word "haunting." I echo that sentiment. Over the years since I first read this book, I have found myself daydreaming of Perelandra on many occasions. (The only other book that has had such a profound impact on my imagination is George MacDonald's book entitled, Phantastes.) I encourage the prospective reader to read the first book in Lewis' trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet) before reading Perelandra.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perelanda is decidedly better than out of the silent planet. In Perelanda Ransom travels to venus, to defend it from the fall of man that took place on earth with adam and eve...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent story in which Lewis tells anew a parallel story of Eden and the fall of man. This time the story has a slightly different ending.
jefffusa More than 1 year ago
Just wow! A re-reader if there ever was one. Lewis has uncanny layers of provocative thought on the nature of existence, faith, and evil. The Un-man character has likely inspired many films, but this work needs its own modern film trilogy.
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My two favorite writers C.S.Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, I have read everything by both. I feel compelled to write a review of this book, being one of the few books I have read more than twice. Perelandra is one of those books which needs to be read from cover to cover. The writing is superb, descriptive, and deeply philosophical. My best advice without restating all the glowing reviews listed, is to not stop reading until you get to the end. The final pages of this book are a masterpiece of literature, which I sometimes reread just to be swept up again into the majesty, and wonder of the ideas conveyed.
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lovelybookshelf More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Space Trilogy, Perelandra, continues the adventures of protagonist Elwin Ransom. This book has such a different tone than the first in the series. I felt the theological overtones of Out of the Silent Planet were fairly subtle. Ransom was meeting members of the races on Mars, learning their language, exploring their culture. The language barrier was huge, and for much of the book I felt I was stumbling along with Ransom, learning words which had unfamiliar sounds and expressing major concepts in metaphors. In Perelandra, which takes place on Venus, the struggle to communicate has eased up immensely. Actually, Ransom has to simplify much of what he says because the "Eve" figure is so innocent, never having encountered sin or evil. This is basically a retelling and expansion of the Garden of Eden. Perelandra is paradise, described in stunning (and lengthy!) detail. Bubble trees, singing winds, silver flowers, mermaids, an ocean "dotted with islands in every direction, rising and falling with the swell." It is Ransom's mission to try to stop the Fall from occurring on this planet, complete with a debate and then a battle between good and evil. As Ransom begins to recognize evil, there were moments I found truly chilling. Christianity is completely unveiled in Perelandra; there are numerous references, and the characters' debates and discussions often get heavy. There was so much to think about! I could reread this book endless times and find new threads of thought and insight. Out of the Silent Planet was good, but I didn't have that "ready to devour the rest of the series" feeling after finishing it. I enjoyed Perelandra much more, and I'm looking forward to reading the third and final book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book in the trilogy.
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Incredibly thought provoking. I admit, the dialog can be tedious with the detailed scenery descriptions, but the presentation of theology, within the framework of science fiction is amazing. The technology presented is not at all dated. I will re-read this many times.
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Great thinker of a book. Sometimes C.S. Lewis' theological deepness distracts from the storyline but still a great read.