That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-tale for Grown-ups

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Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1996 - Fiction - 382 pages
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Vol. 3: 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.

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User Review  - TrgLlyLibrarian - LibraryThing

Well-written, but full of poorly-disguised philosophical commentary by Lewis. If you are familiar with Christian theology and Lewis's view of natural law, you will quickly recognize the reason why he ... Read full review

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User Review  - ben_a - LibraryThing

Contains so much of the Lewis that is irresistible as well as the Lewis that is irksome. Brief throw-away gestures -- the moon, divided in half, the "eternal life" imagined by the Masters, the picture of the last supper with many beetles -- have more creativity than whole novels by others. Read full review


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C. S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.

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