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  • Published: New York : Macmillan, [2003], c1973.
  • Year Published: 1973
  • Description: 382 p. ; 18 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 960

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0743234928 (softcover)
  • 0020869207 :
  • 0020869606 (pbk.) :

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That hideous strength : a modern fairy-tale for grownups

by Lewis, C. S. 1898-1963.

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Conclusion of a space trilogy begun with Out of the silent plant and continued in Perelandra.

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A finale worthy of the series

That Hideous Strength is an excellent contribution to a classic sci-fi series, and a strong example of C.S. Lewis' trademark allegorical style. The third and final installment of Lewis' Space Trilogy is longer than the first two combined. The first two books were told from the perspective of the philologist, Ransom. Ransom is also a character in the third book, but the story is told from the perspective of various characters, chiefly Mark and Jane Studdock, a young newly-wed couple. Mark and Jane are being pulled in different directions by the forces of good and evil. Mark comes under the sway of a powerful pseudo-scientific organization whose ultimate secret goal is the ethnic cleansing of all organic life off the face of the earth. Jane becomes involved with a tiny group of people with some very powerful non-human friends whose goal is to prevent the looming planetary holocaust.

Lewis wrote this book at the time of World War II, when a very real holocaust was taking place. The evil organization in his book, as well as some of the experiments they perform and their general lack of scientific ethics, coincides directly with the Nazi government and its scientists. Lewis alludes to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the story. Lewis is nothing if not an author who writes from the convictions of his own heart, and his novels reflect that. If you enjoy sci-fi (or speculative fiction) that makes you think about the nature of right and wrong, you owe it to yourself to pick up this series.

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