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That Hideous Strength (1945)

de C. S. Lewis

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This is the final book of C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Cosmic (or Ransom) Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. A classic work of fantasy as much for the wonder of its storytelling as for its insights into the human condition, the trilogy stages an epic battle between forces of light and darkness across a canvas of other worlds. In That Hideous Strength, the brave philologist Dr. Ransom (modeled after Lewis's friend J.R.R. Tolkien) finds himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok. There is a rumor that the powerful wizard Merlin has returned to the world of the living, and a sinister technocratic organization plans to use his power in their plot to "recondition" society. Ransom's fight for moral wisdom in a brave new universe dominated by science is a quest filled with intrigue and suspense.… (més)
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What a gruesome story this is. Unlike Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, it takes place entirely on Planet Earth, which diminishes the reader’s ability to experience the same level of detached novelty and makes the reading that much more grim. I do recommend that the three books be read in order.

Most of the story is told from the points of view of Mark and Jane Studdock, who are in a stale marriage. Although neither of them is thinking actively of divorce, their fragile bond is no defence against the evil insinuating itself into their lives. (Readers will recognize at least one of the faces of that evil from the first two books.)

The couple is soon physically serparated thanks to the entrapment of one of them; as the point of view switches from one Studdock to the other, we get a close look at evil – and at the unlikely group that ultimately fights for good.

I first read the print version of That Hideous Strength at least fifteen years ago; I listened to the audio version, narrated by Geoffrey Howard (pseudonym of the late Ralph Cosham), several months ago. I was struck, this time, by how long Lewis takes to just get to the point. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; I just hadn’t remembered it from the first reading. Once we get there though, the Big Ending is quite the production.

The one real pain point is Lewis’ depiction of the only gay character as grossly sadistic. I would give a pass on this to just about any other author, considering the times, but not Lewis; he was a man of self-awareness and itrospection who should have been capable of looking past conventional opinion.

Fifteen years ago I would have given That Hideous Strength an unqualified 5 stars. Today, I’m giving 4 stars to the audio version – 3.5 stars for the story and another bonus half star as a nod to Ralph Cosham’s unparalleled narration. ( )
  CatherineB61 | May 31, 2023 |
The Space Trilogy is an example of a series that definitely needs to be read completely and in order. ( )
  ainsleytewce | Jan 28, 2023 |
That hideous book. Generally heavy handed. The bad guys talk about being post-truth -- an eerie fake-news foreshadowing. ( )
  Castinet | Dec 11, 2022 |
Todo está preparado para el combate final. En su última aventura, el doctor Ransom, a pesar de no salir de Thulcandra, la Tierra, se encuentra inmerso en un mundo de seres superiores que viven una frenética carrera científica. En este agresivo contexto dominado por la ciencia, él se debate con cuestiones éticas y morales apelando a la sabiduría ancestral.
  Natt90 | Nov 22, 2022 |
Final part of this classic trilogy by a great author. Narrator great. Also have Nook copy of the trilogy.

In this, 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. Finding himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok, Dr. Ransom struggles with questions of ethics and morality, applying age-old wisdom to a brave new universe dominated by science. His quest for truth is a journey filled with intrigue and suspense. ( )
  Gmomaj | Sep 2, 2022 |
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C. S. Lewisautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Craft, KunikoAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Howard, GeoffreyNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Kannosto, MattiTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nielsen, CliffAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Pacey, StevenNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Powers, Richard M.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Symancyk, BernardAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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THE SHADOW OF THAT HYDDEOUS STRENGTH
SAX MYLE AND MORE IT IS OF LENGTH.
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This is the final book of C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Cosmic (or Ransom) Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra. A classic work of fantasy as much for the wonder of its storytelling as for its insights into the human condition, the trilogy stages an epic battle between forces of light and darkness across a canvas of other worlds. In That Hideous Strength, the brave philologist Dr. Ransom (modeled after Lewis's friend J.R.R. Tolkien) finds himself in a world of superior alien beings and scientific experiments run amok. There is a rumor that the powerful wizard Merlin has returned to the world of the living, and a sinister technocratic organization plans to use his power in their plot to "recondition" society. Ransom's fight for moral wisdom in a brave new universe dominated by science is a quest filled with intrigue and suspense.

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