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"Biting wit, superlatively nonsensical excitement, challenging implications." (New York Times)
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By Stephanie on 06-10-07
This is my favorite enstalment of C.S. Lewis' space trilogy. Are you an adult and loved the Chronicles of Narnia? Do not miss out on the space trilogy! Without spoiling the story I'll just tell you that the story includes angels, Merlin, a seer, ancient magic, and evil scientists. Do not let the book's slow start fool you, it is a great thriller in Lewis' best style. A lot of my friends find the first few chapters very boring-- it is only fair to warn you. Still, I can not rate this book more highly. It is one of my favorite all-time books (I read a lot of British liturature.)
The reader has a wonderful voice. This audio edition is great!
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By Amazon Customer on 12-24-05
Cloning, stem cell research, psycho-chemistry.
Maybe you're all for human cloning and pushing the scientific exploitation of man as resource. You won't like this book. Lewis paints the future bleak where man is just another hunk of meat to use for some purpose. Where ever you are on the argument, you might want to read this as a pretty good exposition of the negatives that could be inherent in perceiving man as just another pile of stuff to bend to the will of... Well, that's it, isn't it. Who, exactly, gets to call the shots? Lewis achieves better narrative drive in this, the last volume of the Space Trilogy. It really does work as a pretty good thriller.
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By Amazon Customer on 05-11-07
flawed genius, but still genius
If Star Wars, Xmen, Spiderman and the Alien movies are anything to go by, it hard to make a decent ?part 3?.
With this book C S Lewis takes the bold step of focusing on brand new characters and reducing Ransom, the hero of the previous books, to a mentor figure. If that wasn?t enough, it focuses on a secret society on earth and mixes in elements of Arthurian legend. It?s certainly a departure from intergalactic adventures of the previous two books and it feels disappointingly out of step with them.
Taken on it?s own merits it is certainly a gripping and contemporary story of ?the nanny state? gone mad. But it?s far from flawless. Lewis? literary mates and harshest critics the Inkings slated it for being to long and self indulgent (as it is set in the academic world which Lewis lived in). I think time has proved the Inklings right, if only in this case.
If you?ve listened to the previous books there is no way you should miss out on this one, but do be prepared for a massive change of pace.
If you are new to Lewis or his ?space trilogy? then listen to ?Out of the Silent Planet? immediately. You will be glad you did!
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