[PDF] ↠ Perelandra Author C.S. Lewis – Thomashillier.co.uk


Perelandra The Second Novel In His Classic Trilogy, Perelandra Appears Again Under Its Orginal And Intended Title It Tells Of Two Men From Earth Who Plunge Out Of Space And Through The Cloud Belt On To Venus One Of Them Was A Man Possessed, An Emissary Of All Evil The Other Was A Man Driven By A Terrible, Yet Inspiring Mission On The Surface Of The Mysterious Planet Of Venus, Dr Ransom And His Enemy Were To Meet In A Titanic Struggle To Decide The Destiny Of A Young And Joyous WorldCS Lewis Classic Novels Of The Interplanetary Travels And Adventures Of Dr Ransom Out Of The Silent Planet, Perelandra Voyage To Venus And That Hideous Strength Are Published With The Full Text And Original Titling Intended By The Author For The First Time In Paperback With These New Pan Editions Remarkablea Rare Power Of Inventive Imagination The Times Literary Supplement The Description Of Venus, In Its Endless Age Of Innocence, Is Delightful The Listener

  • Paperback
  • 206 pages
  • Perelandra
  • C.S. Lewis
  • English
  • 21 September 2017
  • 0330281593

About the Author: C.S. Lewis

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this name.Clive Staples Lewis was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement He wrotethan thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.Lewis was married to poet Joy Davidman W.H Lewis was his elder brother



10 thoughts on “Perelandra

  1. says:

    James, does the name Perelandra mean anything to you Yes, I believe so Poetic name for the planet Venus Inhabited by two analogues of Adam and Eve, living in a state of prelapsarian bliss All sounds rather pleasant Very good, James However, we ve received intelligence that SMERSH have infiltrated an agent, who is going to try to tempt the Eve analogue We want you to stop him Well, as a boy, I always did enjoy stealing the odd apple Don t be flippant, James I find it s the most James, does the name Perelandra mean anything to you Yes, I believe so Poetic name for the planet Venus Inhabited by two analogues of Adam and Eve, living in a state of prelapsarian bliss All sounds rather pleasant Very good, James However, we ve received intelligence that SMERSH have infiltrated an agent, who is going to try to tempt the Eve analogue We want you to stop him Well, as a boy, I always did enjoy stealing the odd apple Don t be flippant, James I find it s the most effective way to prevent Original Sin Hmf That s as may be You ll need to see Q before being mysteriously transported through the aether I look forward to finding out what he s cooked up this time Please give my regards to Moneypenny I will And James Yes Good luck Anyway, that s how I d have done it But C.S Lewis had his own ideas

  2. says:

    5.0 stars I thought this was an AMAZING book After liking Out of the Silent Planet, this novel blew me away The theme of the book is a re telling of the Fall of Adam and Eve using Venus called Perelandra as the setting You can tell that C S Lewis was really feeling the prose as he wrote this and his passion for the work was evident throughout I thought it read like lush poetry that was both powerful and emotional I was deeply impressed by this story and now look forward to reading 5.0 stars I thought this was an AMAZING book After liking Out of the Silent Planet, this novel blew me away The theme of the book is a re telling of the Fall of Adam and Eve using Venus called Perelandra as the setting You can tell that C S Lewis was really feeling the prose as he wrote this and his passion for the work was evident throughout I thought it read like lush poetry that was both powerful and emotional I was deeply impressed by this story and now look forward to reading the last book of the trilogy That Hideous Strength One final note, I listened to the audio version of this story read by Geoffrey Howard and I thought he did s SUPERB job with the narration HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  3. says:

    Great Also read in January of 1990 And also read in April of 2009 Also read in January of 1985 Also read in July of 1980 Listened to it again on audio in 2015.

  4. says:

    It is difficult to write a review about Perelandra There is so much that could be said that it is hard to know where to begin Its story is so rich, the imagery so beautiful, the underlying themes so profound and complex, its theology so full that no summary can do it justice I would rather simply encourage everyone to read it and let each discover its joys for themselves But since there is no reason for anyone to merely take my word for it, I will do my best to support my recommendation.Th It is difficult to write a review about Perelandra There is so much that could be said that it is hard to know where to begin Its story is so rich, the imagery so beautiful, the underlying themes so profound and complex, its theology so full that no summary can do it justice I would rather simply encourage everyone to read it and let each discover its joys for themselves But since there is no reason for anyone to merely take my word for it, I will do my best to support my recommendation.Though the characters and names are different, the story of Perelandra follows the basic outline of Milton s Paradise Lost Creatures made in the image of God arise on a world newly made They live in the joy of sinless obedience until two visitors arrive from outside their world the first to warn them of impending evil, the second to tempt them to disobey and fall But whereas Milton s herald is the immortal angel Gabriel, Lewis re introduces his reluctant hero from Out of the Silent Planet , the very human Dr Elwin Ransom There are other differences between Milton s poem and Lewis novel Paradise Lost is set on the Earth during the time of Genesis Perelandra takes place long after the fall of Adam and Eve on a planet named Perelandra Milton s tempter is Satan in the form of a serpent Lewis is the brilliant, but twisted Dr Weston, the physicist from Out of the Silent Planet But these are superficial and only thinly disguise the many similarities between these two great works of literature It may be fair to say that just as Paradise Lost is a retelling of Genesis, Perelandra is a retelling of Paradise Lost.Both Milton and Lewis dwell on what it might be like for men and women to live prior to the fall from grace Such is the genius of both authors that they not only create a convincing image of pre fallen humanity, they are able to communicate that image to their audience Their understanding of what we lost in the original fall was so deep, and their longing to return so keen, that unspoiled worlds seem to flow from their pens as smoothly as ink In one way, though, Lewis was able to do his great predecessor one better Lewis was not constrained by the nature of Earth as Milton was Lewis Perelandra is a world of many and varied delights, an otherworldly Eden There are trees, the fruit of which are huge, shimmering, transparent orbs that burst at the lightest touch, bathing the passerby in a thrilling shower Other trees bear fruits that are achingly beautiful to taste, both savory and sweet There are fantastic and extraordinary creatures that rival the whimsy of Hieronymus Bosch Perelandra is easily the most glorious world CS Lewis ever created Lewis and Milton also focus on the female as the vector of attack Lewis wisely avoids speculation as to why this should be There is no indication that the female is somehow inferior to the male It is simply a matter of fact that in the history of Earth Eve was deceived, not Adam It stands to reason that the tempter will follow the same plan.The last great similarity between Perelandra and Paradise Lost I want to mention is the way language is used in the temptation of Eve and her Perelandrian counterpart, Tinidril Both authors give their tempters brilliant speeches with which to seduce their prey They are eloquent and persuasive, flattering but not obsequious Their arguments are successful in making that which is forbidden seem attractive and disobedience seem heroic The tempters are so eloquent that the reader is nearly moved to agree with them Which brings me now to two real and remarkable differences between Paradise Lost and Perelandra First, unlike Eve, who s story was carved in history long before Milton lived to set it to verse, Tinidril has a champion in the form of Ransom He is by her side, fighting constantly against the influence of Weston It is in their subsequent philosophical battle of words and ideas that Lewis explores a powerful theme Ransom and Weston fight on uneven ground, with the advantage going to Weston Ransom has reason and truth on his side, but is constrained by the absolute morals of Christianity and the rules of reason itself not to stray from those ideals Weston is seductively irrational He is utterly immoral and can lie in any and every way, twisting and distorting the truth to suit his ends As the war becomes hopeless, Ransom is faced with a terrible conclusion reason alone cannot defeat non reason A person who is dedicated to being irrational cannot be argued out of their position There is no example strong enough to persuade them, no beauty in reason sweet enough In the end, for truth to win over a lie, something extraordinary is necessary The great example of our own world is the Cross This is reflected in Perelandra in a surprising way.The second great difference is the end Ransom is successful in overcoming Weston, and Tinidril overcomes her temptation She, along with the Tor, the Perelandrian Adam, passes the test that Adam and Eve failed Together they step up that step at which our parents fell Lewis takes the theme of unfallen humanity and extends it beyond what Milton conceived He contemplates what life might have been like had we not fallen, for ourselves and the rest of creation What would our stewardship of the world and its creatures have been like How would our relationship with God and the spiritual realm been different How would our transition from the physical realm to the Heaven have been different These questions, and others like them, are asked, and answers are hinted at as the book ends with a verbal fugue that would rival the musical fugues of Bach Perelandra is a work of startling beauty that stings the heart of the reader It was one of Lewis personal favorites one supposes it still is and it is easy to see why In it, there is a glimpse of Paradise that stands equal to the work of Milton and Dante If there is any justice in the literary world, it will one day take its rightful place in the literary canon by their sides

  5. says:

    C.S Lewis, I m disappointed in you And that s the first time that has happened I don t share your religion, but it s never kept me from enjoying one of your books before I have been in love with the Narnia books since first I read them I enjoyed the first book in this series I even enjoyed the start of the theological discussions in these books And then I hated where they went.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can C.S Lewis, I m disappointed in you And that s the first time that has happened I don t share your religion, but it s never kept me from enjoying one of your books before I have been in love with the Narnia books since first I read them I enjoyed the first book in this series I even enjoyed the start of the theological discussions in these books And then I hated where they went.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  6. says:

    My favorite of the trilogy Excellent.The Space Trilogy by C.S Lewis is a classic early science fiction read while at the same time being athan excellent allegorical story of Christian faith I d say that if you aren t a Christian that won t keep you from enjoying the books The allegory aside you will still get wonderful time tested S F classic.This volume gives a sort of retelling allegorically of the Genesis story, but with a difference This book is in my opinionthan simply we My favorite of the trilogy Excellent.The Space Trilogy by C.S Lewis is a classic early science fiction read while at the same time being athan excellent allegorical story of Christian faith I d say that if you aren t a Christian that won t keep you from enjoying the books The allegory aside you will still get wonderful time tested S F classic.This volume gives a sort of retelling allegorically of the Genesis story, but with a difference This book is in my opinionthan simply well written It is in its way inspired Personally I also find it the best in the C.S.Lewis space Trilogy series story wise.If you have read the first in the series Out of the Silent Planet then you ve already met Ransom and been introduced to the allegorical pictures or names used to represent God Here Lewis takes a look at temptation and human reaction to it He gives a view of the type of reasoning that allows us to lie to ourselves and justify actions we know to be, at best unwise and at worst wrongeven evil and deadly He lays out a story in which we can see the the choices presented in Genesis and get a thoughtful take on them.Highly recommended I like the entire trilogy each of which has it s own strong points but I think I like this one best of the three Just my opinion

  7. says:

    2.5 Stars So here s a fun fact C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien were the best of friends Lewis even dedicated The Screwtape Letters to Tolkein Lewis wrote this series because of a contest him and Tolkien had, in which one of them agreed to write a trilogy about Space Travel, while the other would write a trilogy about Time Travel For Lewis, this series was the resultTolkien, unfortunately, never actually finished his book on Time Travel haha When they first met, Lewis was a staunc 2.5 Stars So here s a fun fact C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien were the best of friends Lewis even dedicated The Screwtape Letters to Tolkein Lewis wrote this series because of a contest him and Tolkien had, in which one of them agreed to write a trilogy about Space Travel, while the other would write a trilogy about Time Travel For Lewis, this series was the resultTolkien, unfortunately, never actually finished his book on Time Travel haha When they first met, Lewis was a staunch atheist, and Tolkien a devoted Roman Catholic As a direct result of his discussions with Tolkien, Lewis was later converted to Christianity More than that, he became what many consider to be the greatest Christian Apologist of all time , and it was his Christian faith that became the point of influence for all of his main works of fiction and non fiction alike including the Chronicles of Narnia I have read almost everything that Lewis ever wrote Narnia was my first experience with fantasy when I was very little His non fiction books like Mere Christianity and The Abolition of Man are a huge part of the reason I came to understand my own faith The Great Divorce completely changed my life He was a voice of reason where all of the other voices in my life spoke of empty religion He showed me a God that I could know, rather than a God that I just had to try and appease I committed to searching and finding the truth, and I found so much beauty as a result And it s with that much love that I can tell you these books are by far his worst haha Lewis has a way of communicating ideas through fiction that is just not present in these books He spendstime preaching to the reader through his characters than he spends delivering the story you d think this would make his message clearer, but the actual result is a bad story and watered down arguments and philosophy It does not work at all.This book tells the story of a man named Ransom who travels to a world where The Fall has not yet occurred He witnesses and interacts with the Green Lady, who is the equivalent of Eve in the Garden of Eden in this world, free of and pain and evil And then he has to watch as Weston the villain of this story comes in to corrupt her And he has very little power to do anything about it It is actually a great concept, which is why I kept the 2.5 Star rating where it is The points in the book where I could get into the story, and understand what was happening, were excellent But they were so few and far between that it was spoiled for me The majority of this book is dialogue in which Ransom preaches to you as the reader, or argues with Weston about good and evil, and it makes for some of the weakest presentations of ideas in my opinion that Lewis ever wrote Ransom is not even a likeable character, so that made it even worse for me.In seeking to create a world in this book that was entirely perfect, it seems like the reality of what was happening in this story was lost on me None of it felt real which is how I hope to feel when reading any type of fantasy or fiction, and that is extremely unfortunate Had a lot of potential, but was definitely an unfortunate let down I tried continuing through book three, but I think I m going to put these books down for good I still love Lewis I ll just have to pretend these ones don t exist haha

  8. says:

    Speculative theology, in the shape of a trip to the Morning StarWith a portrait of the devil that reminds of Poe s M Valdemar.Part of me sees this devil trope as a vile, obnoxious leftist Bent on destroying folkways for he derides the Venusian deftnessWhich makes them avoid a certain island, something the Left would call Essentialist But, really, hard to know how Lewis would scrawlIf he d lived to the current era Would he have been a Christian cuck,Or would he have gone full Fourteen Word Speculative theology, in the shape of a trip to the Morning StarWith a portrait of the devil that reminds of Poe s M Valdemar.Part of me sees this devil trope as a vile, obnoxious leftist Bent on destroying folkways for he derides the Venusian deftnessWhich makes them avoid a certain island, something the Left would call Essentialist But, really, hard to know how Lewis would scrawlIf he d lived to the current era Would he have been a Christian cuck,Or would he have gone full Fourteen Words He did have a deal of pluck.In the last climactic chapter, he writes of a Great Cosmic Dance,Which certainly isn t orthodox So here he was taking a chanceBy infusing Hermeticism into his science fiction,And sure and profound is the ultimate musicality of his description

  9. says:

    Perelandra is the second of C.S Lewis s space trilogy In that universe, it is the name of the planet Venus a beautiful sinless planet with life at its dawn Perelandra is a passionate and fierce ocean world with awesome storms, golden sunlight, millions of floating islands, and critters to inhabit them On Perelandra live only two sentient creatures the King and the Queen They rule the world as Adam and Eve A philologist named Ransom is sent from Earth as God s representative with an unkn Perelandra is the second of C.S Lewis s space trilogy In that universe, it is the name of the planet Venus a beautiful sinless planet with life at its dawn Perelandra is a passionate and fierce ocean world with awesome storms, golden sunlight, millions of floating islands, and critters to inhabit them On Perelandra live only two sentient creatures the King and the Queen They rule the world as Adam and Eve A philologist named Ransom is sent from Earth as God s representative with an unknown mission When he arrives, he finds the queen alone and soon another guest from Earth arrives It is the devil s representative the age old serpent in the form of another man Thus begins a battle between Ransom and the Devil over the soul of the Queen The fate of Perelandra hangs in the balance

  10. says:

    Whatever you might think of the quality of the currently popular fantasy books, comic books movies, and long form TV offerings, one thing is for sure Dark and grim is king right now Of course, judging by the news, there are good reason for this Things are not going so well in places like Ukraine, Syria, Iraq This election isa cheap reality show than the choosing of the leader of the free world Suicides and drug use are on the rise There are few heroes to look up to, and most of our w Whatever you might think of the quality of the currently popular fantasy books, comic books movies, and long form TV offerings, one thing is for sure Dark and grim is king right now Of course, judging by the news, there are good reason for this Things are not going so well in places like Ukraine, Syria, Iraq This election isa cheap reality show than the choosing of the leader of the free world Suicides and drug use are on the rise There are few heroes to look up to, and most of our writers are doing a decent job giving creative expression to a general sense of purposelessness and tension C S Lewis lived in a time that was perhaps evenuncertain than ours World War II, the loss of almost an entire generation of men in England, the rise of both fascism and communism I could go on for a while But instead of merely reflecting the ugliness around him, Lewis was bold enough to imagine what it could have been like if the ugliness was cut off at its root.Perelandra is just this kind of exploration In this second of Lewis s so called Space Trilogy , Ransom a protagonist loosely based on J.R.R Tolkien travels to Venus This planet is younger than earth, and in terms of spiritual history, the fall of man has not happened Not yet Ransom finds himself the only person capable of preventing a man possessed by the devil from subverting a second Eve this one with green skin.The language in this book is lush, the imagery fantastic The philosophy is compelling without being preachy The conflict is real, and the danger of man s moral fall has never beenconvincingly rendered This is one of my top ten books of all time, in any genre

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *