Friday, July 20, 2007

Perelandra: Book Review (Again)

A review of C.S. Lewis' 2nd book in the Space Trilogy, "Perelandra." The third book, "That Hideous Strength," will be reviewed next. Hint: It's awesome so far! I hope to finish "Shadowmancer," by G.P. Taylor before his book "Tizzle Sisters" finds its way here. Let's pray the Post Man feels like venturing into the desert or we'll have to make the trip into town. Ugh! Here's "Perelandra."

I should not give it all away, so I will choose my words wisely. We shall see how that goes. For all you C.S. Lewis fans you must know he wrote so much more than just The Chronicles of Narnia by now. It is amazing how his credits go on and on.

Here in Perelandra we find Ransom (his character based on Lewis' friend, J. R. R. Tolkien, Oh to have such friends) not adjusting well to Earthly living. He has that feeling that he does not belong and that something greater still awaits him. His everyday encounter with beings not of this world gives him that sense of adventure. Though for such an ordinary man he cannot quite figure out why it is him the powers to be have chosen.

C. S. Lewis is of course a master of describing the unknown worlds beyond Earth, as is his friend Tolkien. Where Ransom is taken shall be a secret to you for right now because Lady Gatekeep thinks you should read the book and be sweetly amazed. But this I will tell you that you will feel like you are on that world with Ransom. You might even fall down a few times here and there so I suggest you sit while reading, unlike The Gatekeeper who tried to walk under the shade of her apple trees. You see, balance is the key to this adventure.

In any case, Lewis will educate you in the possibilities of the very ordinary person having a purpose in very extraodinary situations. Make sense? And he asks the question what would you do if you found yourself in a world where there is no evil yet? Not to mention that the first beings of that realm don't understand evil and along comes the wicked one (Ransom's rival) from Earth no doubt. What would you do?

So might I suggest you read this book. Perelandra has nice short chapters (I love that) which makes the adventure move right along. The writing is very entertaining and you will definitely see Lewis' Christian faith come shining through once again, though there is not one second of preaching to anyone. Perelandra is the second book of Clive Staples Lewis' (hehehe) space trilogy and it is a must read. Blessings to all.

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