That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy Series #3)

That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy Series #3)

by C. S. Lewis
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That Hideous Strength (Space Trilogy Series #3) by C. S. Lewis

The final book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. The dark forces that were repulsed in Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are massed for an assault on the planet Earth itself. Word is on the wind that the mighty wizard Merlin has come back to the land of the living after many centuries, holding the key to ultimate power for that force which can find him and bend him to its will. A sinister technocratic organization is gaining power throughout Europe with a plan to "recondition" society, and it is up to Ransom and his friends to squelch this threat by applying age-old wisdom to a new universe dominated by science. The two groups struggle to a climactic resolution that brings the Space Trilogy to a magnificent, crashing close.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780370005355
Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/1992
Series: Space Trilogy Series , #3
Pages: 480

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

Education:

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

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That Hideous Strength 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I daresay that this, while not as enjoyable as Out of the Silent Planet, is definitely the best of this series. Those of you who have grown accustomed to Dr. Ransom's mind-boggling exploits in space will immediately be surprised, for this book takes place on the Silent Planet itself: Earth. The same 'hideous strength' that sought to undo Maleldil's unsinful perfection on Perlandra (Venus) in it's infancy has now descended upon the centre of sin in the universe - yes, the time for evil to fully claim Earth has finally come in this book. Now, a confused yet hopeful Sociologist and his often neglected wife, both atheists, find themselves in the middle of the hideous strength's grasp. Not only does this book delve deeper into Lewis' religious, philosophical, and theological creations, it gives us a new perspective into them. This, more than the other two books in this satircal series, allows the reader the freedom of deciding who's side he/she is with. Pick up this book ASAP. It's not only easier to read and dig into than Perelandra, but it has more suspense than Out of the Silent Planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing and well crafted novel I,ve read.Like all great novels, it starts slow but then never lets up. It is unlike anything that Lewis has ever written and you do not need to read the first two books of the trilogy to understand it. The twists and turns in this story are breathtaking and the scope and insight of this work is life changing. This is a book you will want to read every few years. It's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
See if you can check the Author's homage to his friend J.R.R. Tolkien. There may be some Elvish or Westernesse homages in one part of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just read this book, though I have not read the two books in the series that precede it. (I did not miss them, either.) Suffice it to say that this book is extraordinary -- filled with insightful philosophical extremes, sometimes utilized to justify an extreme evil, which is encountered by our hero, a hapless professor of sociology. An ambitious and morally ambiguous man, he is swept up into the upper ranks of a Kafkaesque bureaucracy of a new governmental scientific research institution that has total police powers and which is run by an enigmatic leadership. Got that? While C.S. Lewis tends to drone on a bit at times, it is, overall, a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The good wins. With powers and prinipalities at work in this world, it is goot to know that that there are some who who believe that God is protecting his creation and his people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this trilogy over 40 years ago! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has very good plot and storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. This book could easily be read on its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Between two hills that overlook the good ppls territory is the White Witch's castle. It is the main evil headquarters where the evil ones plan their attacks against Narnia. Step inside.
JeanFairclough More than 1 year ago
Much of my review can be seen in my reviews of Perelandra and Out of the Silent Planet, regarding the entire trilogy. This 3rd book of the trilogy, however, is close to being my favorite of the three, neck and neck with Perelandra, but maybe because I'm a woman and relate so well to the wife who is the main character -- feeling like so many young wives whose husbands are away long hours working to rise higher in their careers -- she loves him, she's lonely, and though she's supposed to finish writing her thesis she just can't seem to focus on its subject. She's trying to find ways to still be herself as her young prfessor husband moves more and more into a clique of snobbish, manipulating, untrustworthy and downright evil professors luring him into disaster. She sees what is happening to him but the more she says the more distant he becomes as he tries not to hear the conscience within for fear he'll lose his status at the college. She has a spiritual insight he does not have, and rather than capitalizing on this strength of hers he is threatened by it. At least in the beginning and through most of the middle of the story. When I read this book at the age of 15 I did not know there was a progression from little wrongs to greater wrongs and potentially to the horrible, gross behaviors and events these bad professors are secretly cooking up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That Hideous Strength. That power of evil that desires to bring everything into submission to it. That draws men in to it, until they will have nothing else. In this fantastic close to C.S. Lewis¿s Space Trilogy, we continue to follow the activities of Ransom, as he and his friends fight a spiritual battle against the forces of evil. This time, the battle is on Earth, were a new organization, the National Institute of Coordinated Experiments (N.I.C.E), consults with demons through a terrible experiment, and snakes its tentacles of influence into every aspect of England --- politics, religion, history, education, justice, and science --- all in the name of a better world. It also follows the struggles of a recently married couple, Mark and Jane Studdock, as Mark goes into the employ of N.I.C.E., and Jane joins the resistance. This climatic book follows in the tradition of its predecessors(Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra), as it describes everyday occasions and phenomenal events with perfect imagery and cunning wit. You will be left wishing for more, and yet at the same time find yourself grateful that C.S. Lewis chose to give us a concise, refined, and matchless series in the Space Trilogy.
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Good read, after all. :) Slow to start, but Lewis did warn me in the beginning...
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Can't possibly end this way....
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Read it before and just had to have it to read and re-read again.