I am amazed at Lewis' insight into the mind and motivations of mankind in general as expressed in the three human characters central to this story. In my opinion, Lewis was an utter genius in his ability to weave that insight into a fascinating and fantastical story. I would recommend this book, along with its two successors, to anyone who enjoys fantasy or science fiction.
This book has amazing descriptions of space considering it was written in 1938. Lewis is very creative in imagining a space ship and space travel, and what the earth looks like from space. The story is vintage Lewis, creative fiction with theological implications. We, the people of earth, are "bent" by the king of our world, and live in a planet that is "silent" while the rest of the heavens has a kind of communication. It feels like old-fashioned sci-fi because there's a great deal of talk and description rather than plot and action. For instance, there's significant discussion that earthlings are people of fear, because we create fear.
So worth the listen! I can't believe that I had never heard of these books before. I feel like I have been missing out for years. Definitely more adult than Narnia.
This is a delightful story, but also a deeply thoughtful book. It balances high adventure, perceptive human insight, and the author's wonder and faith. It is as rewarding to me now as it was when my father read it to me forty years ago. This narration is beautiful.
"Fan of Narnia books finds Out of the Silent Planet an Excellent SyFy and an interesting change of styles"
I absolutely LOVE Narnia, and while browsing for similar writings from Lewis, found this one, and enjoyed it.
In this wildly creative book we travel and adventure with a linguist named Ransom as he is taken agents his will to world of Mars.
After escaping Ransom meets and interacts with the creatures of the plant learning there ways and language.
This book has great biblical and epic themes it deals with Angels, gods and the absurdity of man.
Should read first as it is the first of three books beautiful narrated and worth your while!
What a book what an adventure!