“Parallels the story of Eve, only in this story there is someone there to help provide a voice of reason. Also, a lot of focus on spiritual warfare.”David Locke wrote this review Sunday, March 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite reading of the three books simply because Lewis crafted some extremely beautiful, fantastical sentences--sentences that I could visualize and harmonize with in complete enjoyment. Here Ransom goes to another planet and encounters different allegorical conflicts, but it was the syntax and langauge that Lewis used that thralled me.”Mark V wrote this review Tuesday, February 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was good, I liked Out of the Silent Planet better. A lot of references to Christianity that I didn't recognize at first.”Tar Heel wrote this review Sunday, January 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm sure that there are many deep undertones to these books. I'm just not very good at picking up on those kinds of things.”Dr. H. wrote this review Thursday, January 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Probably one of my favorite fictional works. This books offers an incredible picture of what man was like in Paradise and the nature of the fall.”jrinta wrote this review Monday, December 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The first two thirds of this novel are excellent - full of enchantment and a really griping sense of drama at the potential loss. The final section somewhat lost my attention - perhaps it is a little long in the celebration, perhaps it is just that the tension had been so great that once relieved you can't avoid anti-climax? ”Gwilym wrote this review Wednesday, November 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Did the Garden of Eden story have to play out the way it did? On earth, it went one way. Will history repeat itself on Venus?”Crossing Rebecca wrote this review Wednesday, September 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A friend of mine and I meet every week for our two-person book club. We take turns reading aloud, two pages at a time, and we covered this book in about six months. Yep, it took a while.
I think if I had not read this aloud with my friend, I would not have enjoyed it very much. There is so much description, which is very tempting to skip over, but it is the description that make this story. I would classify this as a "milieu" sort of story, with just a dash of plot. I normally don't like these sorts of stories (one reason I--don't hurt me--found "The Lord of the Rings" to be rather, erm, boring). But I found that if I take the time to actually immerse myself in the description and details, it's enjoyable. It also helps that my friend and I keep on a bout of silly commentary throughout the entire thing.
As for the theological bit, I'm not sure I agree with Lewis' conclusions about the Fall--mainly the part about the King and Queen after all coming to "know good and evil," but in a different sense than falling into sin. Of course, it is a science fiction novel, so I'm not sure where he was just being inventive or where he was trying to tell a straight allegory.
All in all, I'm looking forward to the next book. ”
“A must read for those who love fantasy. The old English used could be quite difficult to understand for those whose first language is not English, but it's totally worth it.