Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.
Here, in the second part of C. S. Lewis’ acclaimed Ransom Trilogy, Dr. Ransom’s adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiacal kingdom.
Will Perelandra succumb to this malevolent being, who strives to create a new world order, or will it throw off the yoke of corruption and achieve a spiritual perfection as yet unknown to man?
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I have read this trilogy many times, I'm always blessed by them, they get richer every time. Now I can listen to them, the readings are done pretty well.
Classic, probably a must read
The "Space Trilogy", Out of the Silent Planet, perelandra and That Hideous Strength, are a classic trilogy that has not stood the test of time. I think it is a must read because of the themes and statements being made, but the "science" in the science fiction has been completely discredited.
Where Arthur C Clarke predicted Sattelite communications, CS Lewis' vision of a bright, living heavens is a complete opposite of reality. His decription of Mars, obviously wrong, is at least believable if it still had some thin atmosphere and geothermal heat in the "canals". Perelandra or Venus is completely off the wall.
As I said before, I think it is a must read because of the rest of what the books have to offer, the critisism of our society and how we look at life. I am impressed at how much effort he made in making alien worlds truly alien. Compared to 'Star Trek", where aliens are humans with makeup, he puts a lot of effort into making the aliens truly different, both in physical form and their whole way of thinking, which in it's self puts a spotlight on how we think.
I think every science fiction fan should read these books, but don't expect inciteful predictions into the future, or even into what we view as the past.