That Hideous Strength

That Hideous Strength

A Modern Fairy-tale for Grown-ups

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, [2003], c1945.
ISBN: 9780684833675
9780743234924
Characteristics: 380 p. ; 20 cm.

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Feb 01, 2017

At times,exciting and interesting and at times, densely and impenetrably didactic to a degree that has no place in a work of fiction!

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dennismmiller
Jan 31, 2017

The conclusion to CS Lewis' Space Trilogy brings the series back to Thulcandra, the Silent Planet, home of the Bent One, known to its inhabitants as Earth. For the first time, Elwin Ransom is not the main character, though he is still a vital part of the story, his time in Perelandra has made him more than ever an image of Christ, the Fisher-King, the wounded but undying leader of Logres, keeper of the wisdom that came out of the West from the Numinor that was. The focus now passes to a young married couple. Jane Studdock is struggling, as newlyweds do, to come to terms with the changes marriage brings, trying to be a good wife without surrendering her independence while coping with a husband who is now less attentive (and who seems more ordinary) than he was when he was a suitor - she is also experiencing increasingly vivid and terrifying dreams that may be more than dreams. Her husband, Mark, is working hard to do what, he believes, good husbands do - get ahead in the world. He has already secured a spot among the progressive clique guiding the future of Bracton College, and he is even being considered for membership in the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments. The N.I.C.E. is where the future of the world is being determined, to join is to become one of the directors of human destiny, and the price for entry is merely his soul.

That Hideous Strength is a fictional exploration of Lewis' observations from The Abolition of Man with an overlay of Charles Williams' neo-Platonic mysticism. The result resembles an urban fantasy equivalent of Brave New World. Unlike Huxley, however, Lewis' talent for memorable characters fills his world with colorful figures including the sadistic policewoman Miss Hardcastle, a friendly bear named Mr Bultitude, and the reawakened wizard Merlin. Combined with Lewis' customary intelligence and insight into human nature, this makes That Hideous Strength a very good book indeed.

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Tabaqui
Oct 21, 2016

Less about Dr. Ransom, and more about the others who surround him, those who are good and those who are, well, not so very good. Really interesting (I stayed up WAY too late trying to finish it) and more real than the other two. It seems to hit closer to home. Absolutely amazing.

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deckguns
Apr 21, 2015

I have read the Space Trilogy before, but this is the title I keep rereading. In fact, it led me to an essay of his that I included in my master's thesis on retributive justice. I highly recommend it.

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Cassisa
Dec 13, 2012

Probably the heaviest one of the Space Trilogy.

euclid13 Aug 13, 2012

SPLENDID. I have read this trilogy several times. They stand among the best.

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Tabaqui
Oct 21, 2016

Coarse Language: The word d--- is used throughout the book, mostly by the "bad guys."

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