That hideous strength

a modern fairy-tale for grown-ups.

Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages

English language

Published Sept. 7, 1965 by Macmillan.

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978-0-02-086920-7
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    by Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. ... That hideous strength : a modern fairy-tale for grown-ups / C.S. Lewis. ...

Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner Classics, 1996.

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Call Number: F Lew 1996

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Availability Full Display Place Request Hide Details Summary Written during the dark hours immediately before and during the Second World War, C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of whichThat Hideous Strengthis the third volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus'sThe Plagueand George Orwell's1984as a timely parable that has become …

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4 stars

This one really took some getting into after the last two in the series. I couldn't tell how it was part of the same series until about half way through.

By the end I was fully invested, and now I find myself sad that there will never be another book in the series. I'm not sure if I've ever read a series written by an author who has since died, but it's kind of sad.

Anyway, well worth reading!

Review of 'That Hideous Strength' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I've been reading this series for the past few months, with the end goal of getting to this book and finding out what all the fuss was about. You see, late last year, I ran a survey on my blog, and in that survey, That Hideous Strength was overwhelmingly voted my readers' favourite book of all time. Now that I've finally finished it, I can tell you that, although I enjoyed the series overall, this was hardly my favourite part... much less my favourite book of all time!

This is a story in which it's very difficult to figure out what's going on. And just when you think you finally know, something happens to pull the rug out from under you and leave you scratching your head all over again.

It seems to have something to do with King Arthur and Merlin, which is a mythology I know very little …

Review of 'That Hideous Strength' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A great time capsule book exploring Lewis’ thoughts and attitudes as well as the innate classism of the era. Some of the ideas are somewhat hard to swallow in modern times - there is an emphasis on somewhat out of date notions of spousal obedience for example - but others are as valid today as they were in the 1940’s.

As a sequel to Out of the Silent Planet, and Prelandra, That Hideous Strength is both culmination and stand alone - unlike the first two books this novel is from the perspective of people other than Dr. Ransom, and instead of direct interaction with the various powers that be we see them from the perspective of those uninitiated into the mysteries Dr. Ransom discovered in those prior books. .

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1 star

I was actually enjoying this book, pleasantly surprised to rediscover CS Lewis as a sci-fi writer, until the final section of the book, wherein everything just gets weird and boring. I remember the final book of Chronicles of Narnia being like this as well. Perhaps Lewis is best when going deep into the mundane -- when depicting fantastic, apocalyptic scenes, he loses his bearings.

reviewed That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis (Space Trilogy, #3)

Review of 'That Hideous Strength' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

C. S. Lewis doesn't just write to tell a story. He has a whole philosophy to communicate--one which he would call "Christian." I'm not a Christian but am often a sympathizer and enjoy a nice philosophy sometimes, though I prefer it when it doesn't take over the story. I forgive a morality tale from a certain level of concern with morality.

This is book 3 of Lewis's "space trilogy" and is the most interestingly written of the three. The main characters are often well drawn and not merely stand-ins for political or philosophical/religious positions (though minor characters fail in this way).

I enjoyed it despite serious disagreements with Lewis's point of view. I have a fantasy that I could convince him of my position were it possible to sit down with him and talk it out.

He takes a position that objectivity and thus science implies a lack of values …

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