Yes, I have...
Posted by Janette K on August 11, 1998 at 00:49:20:
In response to Anyone read C.S. Lewis's "Ransom" books?, written by Tay on August 10, 1998 at 20:20:51
] ] I've often heard and read that CS Lewis Books of Narnia are great. What are them about? How many are there? Which is the one to start with? :-)
] I think its a triology about a Dr.Ransom, and I've just gotten the first book. He gets kidnapped by rude scientists and runs away from them whilst on the planet. Geez, can't recall either the book's name or the planet's, but I do remember that its pretty interesting reading. I'm only mid-way through, but its not the only book I'm currently reading, so right now I can't recall the details.
] You'll forgive me :-)
The book is _Out _of _the _Silent _Planet. The planet they go to is Mars, but it has a different name there. (I forget what.) The second book is _Perelanda, the name the residents give to the planet Venus. The third book is _That _Hideous _Strength, perhaps one of the most difficult for 90's readers, because it is so anti-feminist, and also has overtones of condemning lesbianism, although the word is never used. However, Lewis does a good job of dealing with the downfalls of technology used awry and of totalitarianism. These were the kind of fears that grew after WWII, I think.
Lewis's science and knowledge of the planets is outdated, of course, but he shows a lot of imagination. As you go through the books, consider the meaning of the name "Ransom," also his wound.
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