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Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

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Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby Guest » 19 Nov 2004, 02:42

I've tried getting into Out of the Silent Planet so many times and I just can't seem to get that far. It really just does not hold my attention. I love everything else that Lewis writes, but I cannot seem to get into these. Can anybody give me some advice or some incentive to read it. I'm wondering what you all else thought about that books. I really WANT to read them ahahaha.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Guest » 19 Nov 2004, 05:38

TheChairBreaker wrote:I've tried getting into Out of the Silent Planet so many times and I just can't seem to get that far. It really just does not hold my attention. I love everything else that Lewis writes, but I cannot seem to get into these. Can anybody give me some advice or some incentive to read it. I'm wondering what you all else thought about that books. I really WANT to read them ahahaha.


Well, I know that these books' slow pace can be daunting; Lewis did not neccesarily write these books to be thrill-a-minute pulp fiction but to (amongst other things) get rid of the pessimistic world view of HG Wells. But it isn't just that. I can't really describe why I like it except to say that its different from other science fiction. It's not on the same level. But someone smarter than myself might be able to explain. But I love the Space Trilogy.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby loeee » 19 Nov 2004, 17:44

TheChairBreaker wrote:I've tried getting into Out of the Silent Planet so many times and I just can't seem to get that far. It really just does not hold my attention. I love everything else that Lewis writes, but I cannot seem to get into these. Can anybody give me some advice or some incentive to read it. I'm wondering what you all else thought about that books. I really WANT to read them ahahaha.


Why? There is no law that says we all have to enjoy everything Lewis wrote. If you don't enjoy them, set them aside. Maybe at a different point in your life you will find them more interesting. You might try That Hideous Strength. It isn't really dependent on the other two, and the style is quite different. If it doesn't appeal to you, don't bother. There are lots of wonderful books out there for you to read, no point in forcing yourself to read something you don't like.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Guest » 21 Nov 2004, 04:40

Yea I get what you guys mean, thanks. I mean, the books DO interest me. I find the beginning of Out of the Silent Planet to be really interesting, but I start to wane when they are on the planet. But you're right, I don't have to like everything he writes. It almost makes me sad though hahhahaah. Thanks for your opinions!
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby jadis » 21 Nov 2004, 22:52

i think lewis liked to begin his stories under "normal" circumstances. all three books in the trilogy start out rather slow. but he is setting up this very normal, mundane everyday sort of environment which heightens the "fantastic" atmosphere when the "fairy tale" or "science fiction" aspect kicks in. if you can get past ransom's night time walk in efforts to find an inn, (OSP) i think you can get further. it is a very DRY first few chpaters. but SO worth it if you can hang in there.
on the other hand, i know a lot of people who love CSLs apologetics but don't care for his fiction. it's not a sin if you don't like the triology! but of course we would like to convince you......
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby jadis » 21 Nov 2004, 22:54

i should i have read THIS post before I POSTED! it's the being on malacandra that bores you?? i suppose the part where he is just living among the hrossa is a bit dry, but it gets better, and the trip back to earth..man, just hang in there!peace
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Guest » 22 Nov 2004, 04:04

Hahahahahahah, yea I guess it's kind of weird (Ok really weird) that I find the beginning to be so engaging. I think it is because there's so much mystery behind the two men he meets, and then all the travel there. I like the description you gave, though, of the later events. It made me laugh though to read your first post...thanks for the info!
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Guest » 30 Nov 2004, 22:31

the story gets better, it really does. that hideous strength was personally my favourite, and that was harder to get into than OSP!! actually, i just wrote a ten page paper on it, so i'm all for the space trilogy...so yeah, good luck!
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Guest » 17 Jan 2005, 15:59

I agree with you! reading the Space Trilogy was increadibly hard for me, but in the end so worth it! Hideous Strength was my favorite out of all of them. it's just a great book, if fact it's the book that turned me from casual Lewis reader to a fan.

the beggings of all the space trilogy books were hard for me to get though especially Perelandra, all that floating in the ocean ECH!

But the redeeming qualites of all the space trilogy so far outway the dry start! totally worth every minute of floating in the ocean!
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Carrie » 04 Feb 2005, 00:59

I started reading the Space Trilogy because I felt like I had to. I mean, I love everything Lewis writes, even though some of it can be a bit slow going at times. At first I struggled a bit with OOTSP, but after I realized that I had been expecting it to go as quickly as CoN, I started to get into it more. My problem was that I forgot that this wasn't a children's book and that it was written at a more adult level. I'm not saying that this is a problem for you, but something interesting I discovered about myself while reading.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Guest » 08 Feb 2005, 17:27

Me bf lent me the trillogy and am just finishing perelandra - have never read anything like it OR out of the silent planet - they're absolutely amazing...

i have the feeling im meant 2 stop and reflect bout all the philosophy more than im doing at the mo, but i need 2 find out what happens next! will prob go over the books again more slowly once im done... apart from CoN have only just discovered CSL HAD other works - they luk interesting but also (spesh the non fiction) abit threatening - am worried i wont understand them... o well, may as well try... :) xx
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby *~L~* » 19 Feb 2005, 05:56

I just borrowed the OOTSP from my school library, hoping to read it soon, like tonight, not all at once, since i'm tired from losing a pint of blood, but i hope to start it anyways....and enjoy it...hopefully.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Summer » 03 Mar 2005, 15:43

I have to admit that, out of the space trilogy, I really only love OOTSP. And that is mostly because of the scene where he tells the Oyarsa the story of redemption. It gives me shivers to think of explaining that to someone who has never heard it. Does anyone else get that feeling?
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby *~L~* » 15 Mar 2005, 00:43

I just finished it. and i had to admit, i could only get through it while i was alone, in dead silence. It was one of the books for me that was hard to enjoy if i had ANY distraction. I like description and being put in another world...but sometimes it's too much for me. Now i have to do a dreaded NOVEL ANALYSIS....a huge about twenty page book report....YIPPEEE......NOT!
But i did like the whole 'Oyarsa'. scene, i think that's what made it for me, without it, i dont't knwo...i'd be bored out of my mind.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby *~L~* » 17 Mar 2005, 00:29

YAY I FINISHED THE EVIL REPORT!!!! time for a happy nap :D
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