Perelandra, Paperback Book
2.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)


The second novel in Lewis's science fiction trilogy tells of Dr Ransom's voyage to the planet of Perelandra (Venus).

In the second novel in C.S. Lewis's classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom is called to the paradise planet of Perelandra, or Venus, which turns out to be a beautiful Eden-like world.

He is horrified to find that his old enemy, Dr Weston, has also arrived and is putting him in grave peril once more.

As the mad Weston's body is taken over by the forces of evil, Ransom engages in a desperate struggle to save the innocence of Perelandra...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780007157167

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An amazing sequel to 'out of the silent planet'. while OSP was fictional with a hint of philosophy and religion, in this book, both are blatant and natural all at the same time. Ransom arrives on the fairly young planet of Venus (whereas Mars was at it's end and Earth is in it's middle to find a strange environment, and one living being. The Eve (the queen, the mother) of Venus, who has lost Adam (the king, the father. the search is going fine until the devil shows up and Ransom must protect the mother from sinning as eve did, and not get killed.

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Perelendra is a bit of a rollercoaster ride. It gets off to a rocky start with an unnecessary and heavy-handed first-person parable about maintaining faith despite doubts and fears, but once the story moves on to Ransom's adventures it gets more interesting. The basic arc of the story becomes fairly obvious from early on, but suspense isn't really the point here. The theological debates between Ransom, the Queen of Perelandra, and "Weston" alternate between deadly boring and wonderfully insightful, with a slight lean toward the latter.Both the world of Perelandra and the story that go with it are much less intricately crafted than in the previous book, and the theological skeleton shows through more clearly. As a result I often felt like I was being beaten over the head with the point, which isn't something you want your reader to feel. To the novel's credit, whenever I started to get bored or annoyed enough that I was considering skimming the rest of it or putting it down, something awesome would happen or a really good point would be made, and things would get interesting again.In the end, it didn't live up to Out of the Silent Planet but it was still worth reading, and good enough to make me want to continue on to That Hideous Strength.
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This is the continuation from the book "Out of the Silent Planet". I did not enjoy the second part of this trilogy as much as the first. The story is told in an awkward manner in the third person. The entire "Space Trilogy" from Lewis has very Christian themes and whereas the religious imagery was subtle in the first book, it becomes overwhelming in the second. I will likely read the last installment just to see how it ends but I was not so impressed with Perelandra.

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I read this book as part of my cell group, and I was constantly shocked but how anti-reason Lewis is. The misogyny and anti-feminism I expected going in, but the depth and persistence of the book's antagonism to rational discourse really surprised me.The book's protagonist, Ransom, travels via deus ex machina to the planet Perelandra, which holds a deeply kyriarchal order of nature: God controls everything absolutely, and everyone knows there place in the food chain underneath: man above woman, the humanoid aliens above the non-humanoid plants and animals, etc. And you thought the Great Chain of Being went out with the Middle Ages.Into this perfectly ordered "paradise" enters the antagonist, Weston, who alternates between having the better lines and being totally insane. Weston and Ransom dialogue interminably, talking past each other for several chapters, until finally Ransom resolves the situation--through violence, throwing Weston into a pit of fire. Yeah. IDEK.And then I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but no, Lewis seems to think this is a perfectly acceptable method of conflict resolution, and apparently far preferable to letting the person with the superior argument persuade the other person or be vindicated by the dialectic of history.If you're interested in a anti-modernist tirade wrapped up in clunkily-written science fiction allegory, this book is for you. But if you hold a vision of Christianity which engages in culture and edifies human being, you'll only be left feeling ashamed.

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I read Out of the Silent Planet, the first book in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, last year and enjoyed it, awarding it four stars, but I found this one a lot less to my taste. While Out of the Silent Planet had theological elements they were not overpowering and I enjoyed the picture which Lewis created of Malacandra (or Mars). But in Perelandra, while the world building still caught my interest, large sections of the book are devoted to theological arguments which most definitely did not. And the absence of women from the narrative seen in Out of the Silent Planet changes in Perelandra to a portrayal of women as subservient and almost childlike. So not a hugely successful read, and disappointing given my reaction to the first book and the fact that C.S. Lewis's Narnia books were some of my favourite reads from childhood.Elwin Ransom, the philologist and Cambridge don who is the unlikely hero from Out of the Silent Planet, is again the main character in Perelandra. Sent to Perelandra (or Venus) by the Oyassa (or ruler) of Mars to carry out an unnamed task he finds himself in a watery world, where initially the only 'land' seems to be provided by large floating islands made of vegetation. Large and beautiful floating islands with flowers and trees and woods and birds and animals, which all rush up and down the huge waves which surge around the oceans of Venus. Rather than being wholly alone as he had feared, Ransom eventually meets a green-skinned 'human', referred to throughout as the 'lady', and eventually comes to realise that she and the 'king' are the only two intelligent beings on the planet. Biblical references come thick and fast: it is soon clear that Perelandra is a picture of Paradise before the Fall, and the 'king' and the 'lady' are the Adam and Eve of another world. But temptation soon arrives, in the form of the scientist Weston, Ransom's enemy from Out of the Silent planet, whose endless conversations with the 'lady' bring the planet to the brink.There is very little plot and most of the book deals with the temptation of the 'lady'. Theological arguments are not really my thing, but if they're well argued I'm prepared to give them a go: these just seemed flawed at times and to have noticeable holes in them. And I felt the allegories would have worked better if they had just been a little more subtle, these were just so obvious. In a similar way to his Narnia books, Lewis uses characters and creatures from various mythologies in this novel, and tries to tie them all together. I felt that in a children's book that was acceptable, but here he seems to be trying to create an allegory of an overarching theology, so why only use Western mythology? Isn't that a little Eurocentric?So overall not a brilliant book for me.

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