Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way. Here, in the second part of the trilogy, Dr. Ransom's adventures continue against the backdrop of a religious allegory that, while it may seem quaint in its treatment of women today, nonetheless shows the capability of science to be an evil force tempting a ruler away from the path that has produced a paradisiac kingdom.
©1944 Clive Staples Lewis; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Geoffrey Howard's skilled narration keeps the listener riveted. His scholarly handling of the text minimizes characterization, while easily distinguishing the players. Howard's respect for the subject matter equals Lewis's own and entices the listener to address serious questions of temptation and morality." (AudioFile)
Lewis tells a fair yarn but the interesting thing is his thinking on the state of Man in the universe. If your looking for escapist fiction, this isn't it. The science is half baked and the dialogue contrived. The ideas, however, are worth pondering.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I am not sure what I exptected but this is a great listen. It helped me understand what Eve must have been like in the garden.
Lewis is a genius. I loved the middle section of the book, with the suspense of character vs character. I don't like his obsessive descriptions of degrees of perfection, which arises throughout the book at every opportunity and then some. And I personally don't like his alien land descriptions, which go on and on.
But still, a very good story.
The Ransom trilogy is delightful. This, second, book is an imaginative venture to a second planet , as well as a deeper examination of the nature of evil. Ransom, the Pilgrim, struggles through difficult questions and encounters, and continues to grow in understanding. Lewis's story telling and descriptions are enchanting. And Geoffrey Howard's reading is, as always, excellent.
I loved how Lewis tackled the ideas of "good and evil"
By chapter 15, however, his mammoth vocabulary became a bit fatiguing. Nevertheless, this was a mind stretching experience. Anyone that enjoys thinking deeply will enjoy this book.
Well written as always with CSL. The mechanics of the world are less evocative the n those of Melecandra.
First let it be said that this book is beautiful, amazing, & mind expanding! Whatever format or method one can find to ingest this story, one should do so. That being said, the accent, eloquence, and rhythm with which the reader tells the story fits so well to its elegance. However, if I were forced to criticize anything about this audiobook it would be that at times perhaps the reader is a little over-devoted to an elegant rhythm when the story is far more exciting than his voice makes obvious. But he does not fail at translating excitement. He simply doesnt do so in any sensational fashion that some might prefer. He is a classy reader of stories. I am thankful for this experience.
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