The second book in Lewis’ “Space Trilogy” makes for more difficult reading than the first (“Out of the Silent Planet”), but I enjoyed it much more. The difficulty comes from the vast amount of dialogue, as the protagonist (Dr. Ransom) and the antagonist (Dr. Weston) engage in a battle of wits, with the fate of the planet Perelandra hanging in the balance.
While not exactly an allegory, the themes of this book have much to do with Creation, the Fall, and the doctrine of original sin. As in Screwtape Letters, Lewis brilliantly conveys the diabolical, as one of the main characters is a (if not “the”) devil, who attempts to lead the innocent primogeniture of a new world into sin. Through a brilliant narrative, the reader is privy to the private thoughts of a very complex character in Dr. Ransom, as he seeks to find an answer to the devil’s schemes.
This is definitely an intellectual novel, but one that is well worth your time. It’s truly one of the greatest pieces of literature I’ve read from any genre; it’s a shame it’s not more well-known!
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