Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book Review: Perelandra

Book Review: Perelandra by C.S. Lewis (Part 2 of the Cosmic Trilogy)

Ransom is back in the 2nd part of the trilogy. This time he is sent to Venus on a special mission - to save this noble planet from a terrible enemy - sin. C.S. Lewis magically describes the attempted corruption of the first two inhabitants of the planet, taking you back to what it might have been like for Adam and Eve in the beginning. Lewis really made me think. The fascinating dialogue between The Woman, The Unman (a human inhabited by The Enemy), and Ransom will theologically blow your mind. Using much of the same skills found in Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, he is able to talk about what Evil is in a completely unique way. Perhaps we don't really understand how Evil truly affects everything we do. What would a person look like without evil in his nature? What would that world look like? Lewis' answers to these questions are fascinating. Although a bit verbose at times, it's definitely a good read. I'd give it 3.8 ninja stars out of 5.

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