Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))

Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))

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Book Summary:
The first book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force.
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))
5 Stars Insightful and Enjoyable
on August 8, 2015
I am a huge C.S. Lewis fan and have read almost everything he has written. I love his fiction and think his Till We Have Faces is my favorite book of all time. Out of the Silent Planet is the first book in what is commonly called "The Space Trilogy." It is a compelling piece of fiction on its own but finds its real value in the narrative of the whole trilogy. As science fiction it is definitely dated. Lewis made some guesses about what space was like which have since proven to be false, but if you take it as pure fiction and give it the benefit of "suspended disbelief," it has still aged well, as its insights were not primarily scientific but philosophical - as an exploration of human nature. I have read this trilogy three times over the years and my appreciation for it has increased with each reading. While I enjoy Out of the Silent Planet (a necessary set-up to the rest of the series) and That Hideous Strength, the second book in the trilogy, Peralnadra, may actually rival my affection for Lewis's best book. It is profoundly insightful and will light up your imagination.
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))
5 Stars Thought provoking! A great read.
on September 3, 2015
Lewis wonderfully makes you think about you and the world you live in. But he also makes some parallels with the Bible and references to Christianity that open eyes and expand upon the glories and the work of God. I highly recommend these stories and the depth of thought they bring to the reader. There are a few places where it is hard to read, but it's worth it to work through it to the end--just like life.
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))
4 Stars ... book explores the question "What might Paradise have been like if evil hadn't invaded
on August 3, 2017
The book explores the question "What might Paradise have been like if evil hadn't invaded?" It's a fascinating book except for a few slow passages where the main character, Ransom, goes through some introspection. There are some interesting concepts. Younger readers may find it boring in places. Overall, a great story. You can read "That Hideous Strength" by itself, but it helps to read this book first.
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))
4 Stars Good Beginning of a Trilogy
on March 10, 2013
C. S. Lewis' first science fiction book propels us into a very different kind of adventure. A philologist is kidnapped by 2 scientists and taken to Malacandra, only to find the native creatures both alien and noble. Lewis conjures up more than one sentient race for this world and each is fascinating, though my favorite is the hrossa. But there is another kind of creature who rules the planet and what it wants with our fugitive hero is a mystery. Philosophical and theological issues also arise in this intriguing look at what a world without sin might be like.
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy (Paperback))
5 Stars I would have liked Lewis to have written more specifics in the conversation ...
on July 9, 2014
As the second book in the Space Trilogy, this one is really able to shoot straight out quickly and it does get right into things. While there is an overarching story, this one tends to be philosophy as story driven. Where book one was more about the inhabitants of Mars also recognizing God, this one is Venus as Eden and a new temptation. I would liken this book to the first book of the Narnia series. There is an interesting story with a different world but the Christian symbolism is more direct. The storyline is interesting and the portion where three of the main characters are interacting is very interesting and well written. I would have liked Lewis to have written more specifics in the conversation portion of this part of the book as it's a great "What If..." book. "What if fallen man had been there to help Eve at the Temptation?" Very interesting read and so far the best of the series. Final grade - A-