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That Hideous Strength

by Chris Gambrell  
7/30/2014 / Book Reviews


Finally finishing my reviews of C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy with "That Hideous Strength."

Honestly, the Space Trilogy has not been my favorite of the series; it felt long and drawn out as if Lewis was not sure, how he wanted to end it. To me, it seemed like a story that would have been resolved in as little as two hundred pages, but it carried on and on to over three hundred pages.

In the previous books, Ransom travels to other planets, this book takes place on earth in the midst of a growing conflict that will determine the fate of all of England and from there, the entire planet. The object of this book is the Studdock's; Jane, a woman who has visions and no respect for her husband, and Mark, a man who wishes to advance in scholarly circles and has no respect for his wife.

Through Jane's visions, she is lead into the world of St. Anne's, led by an ethereal Ransom and a small band of believers who want to save the soul of England, Logres. Through Mark's advancement, he is inducted into the increasingly suspicious world of the N.I.C.E., populated by strange and malicious figures who each mean to progress the human race by doing the greatest possible harm to nature. Each side hopes to win over England and employ the help of Merlin, aligning England's past with whatever is in store for its future.

Still, I am glad I read this book, but I think I actually enjoyed the first two books in the series than this one. Again, for me, it took quite too long for the plot to develop, however I kept reading because I was interested in seeing how things played out. It just took too long to draw me in and, made it hard to keep my attention.

I did like this from the book, how evil is much more subtle than we think. The evil forces represented, as the N.I.C.E. group was not easily spotted by the regular people. For the character, Mark, you would expect that. You would hope that those of us who are new creations would be much more discerning of situations, but we can miss this too, at times. This is because 'even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light' (2 Corinthians 11:14). So that underlying theme in the book stands as a good reminder.

Though this book in particular, was not my favorite, as I said, I am still glad I took the time to read the books.

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