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

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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Bill » 18 Mar 2005, 23:30

I have just read through this thread again and am really amazed at the difficulties people seem to have with the trilogy. I think the first book is such an easy read almost to the point of being almost childlike. Even the beginning I find very readable. Perhaps as a walker myself I am on his wavelength from the word go.
Most of Perelandra I find very readable and again I particularly like the atmospheric introduction. The only bit I do find a bit long winded is the struggle in the dark.
With regards to That Hideous... I must admit I do find this slightly difficult in places if I am absolutely honest but not overwhelmingly so. Again, perhaps it is just a little longwinded at times.
I am wondering if it possibly a generational thing. Perhaps being a little older than some of the members of the forums, I might be slightly more in tune with the style of writing?

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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 19 Mar 2005, 01:11

I think it is a generational thing as I'm 21, dyslexic and had trouble with reading the books. The easiest I found to read was strangely That Hideous Strength. But to each his/her own I guess. The style of writing is very different to nowdays so I think that is where part of the struggle lies.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby LadyKate » 15 Jul 2009, 16:33

I disagree that a generation gap is the cause for having a hard go with the ST. I'm only 26, and I have always loved the books -- in fact, they are among my Top Three Book Series of All Time. THS is a bit chewy, I admit, but I love Lewis' slightly archaic style of writing. Of course, this could be entirely due to the fact that the emphasis of my Lit. degree was Medaeval British Literature.

I remember reading the ST for the first time in fifth grade. It was for the first book report that I ever wrote, specifically on OOTSP. I'm a linguistics nerd, and I found Lewis' descriptions fascinating. My mother had to go to my school and tell the teacher that yes I did read this book and wrote the report myself. Ha. I remember getting in trouble once when I was younger whilst riding in the car with my family, by saying that I felt "knocked up," a phrase that Ransom uses at one point. I was mortified when my mom told me that knocked up = pregnant.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 16 Jul 2009, 03:20

I said I was young and dyslexic, not just that it was concerning the generation gap. I'm 25 now.
Isn't it strange how language changes like that? Being knocked-up used to mean you felt like you'd be used as a punching bag (or something similar), now (like you said) it's being pregnant out of wedlock.

I've read The Space Trilogy several times since my post in 2005 and I've enjoyed it more. I still don't enjoy some of the archaic writing style. OotSP was my least favourite, the last 50 or so pages though were very interesting. Perelandra was a bit dull and slow but then it became great when UnMan arrived. I haven't read That Hideous Strength in several years but I remember it was hard to get into but an excellent read. Very odd though.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby galion » 16 Jul 2009, 07:28

"Knocked up" is of course one of a number of instances where the USA and Britain are divided by a common language. If you are staying with somebody over here, do not be worried if they ask you if you want to be knocked up in the morning - all they mean is that they are willing to knock on your bedroom door to check that you are awake.

There are pitfalls the other way too ....
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really

Postby Biff » 21 Jan 2010, 10:25

Guest wrote: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!


I actually find the part where he reaches the Malacandra is where it starts to get good!! Once the eldil enter the story is where it becomes excellent....
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby Supergyre » 30 Jan 2010, 14:11

Guest 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.


The second book is incredible, maybe start there and work back to the first again.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 01 Feb 2010, 01:18

In terms of writing style, the first book is an easy read. But the hrossa names and other species are largely unpronounceable. I don't get any joy out of those sort of things, frankly it annoys me. Tolkien was bad enough with some of his character/place names but this was worse.
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby Supergyre » 04 Feb 2010, 18:30

galion wrote:"Knocked up" is of course one of a number of instances where the USA and Britain are divided by a common language. If you are staying with somebody over here, do not be worried if they ask you if you want to be knocked up in the morning - all they mean is that they are willing to knock on your bedroom door to check that you are awake.

There are pitfalls the other way too ....


Hang on, which way round do you mean this? I'm from the UK and I don't recall anyone 'knocking me up in the morning' as a wake up call!! In fact, i'd be pretty disturbed if someone asked if i wanted knocking up in the morning! :smile:
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Re: Why is the Space Trilogy so great? (I'm wondering really...)

Postby galion » 04 Feb 2010, 19:34

Possibly a generational thing. I remember northern towns when works would send out a man to make sure men were awake for an early shift, who was known (in Yorkshire West Riding at least) as a knocker-up. This was admittedly a longtime ago....
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