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Which is your favourite of the ST?

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What is your favourite?

OOSP
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22%
Perelandra
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37%
THS
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41%
 
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Which is your favourite of the ST?

Postby jo » 10 Jun 2007, 18:56

I am sure that we have done this before but hey, we are getting new members all the time so no harm in doing it again :). My personal favourite is THS, though I accept that it is very different in tone and themes to the others. I find it the best 'stand alone' story and also the best that works without the need of allegorical significance to back it up. What do others think?
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Postby john » 10 Jun 2007, 19:56

What? No "I haven't read any of them" option? :snooty:
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Postby A#minor » 10 Jun 2007, 20:22

My favorite was the first, OOTSP. The others, I've been told, I may like more upon re-reading.
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Postby Biff » 11 Jun 2007, 01:16

Perelandra is my favorite!!
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Postby Adam Linton » 11 Jun 2007, 03:39

Perelandra; although I much enjoy OOTSP. THS, while enjoyable, is the least so of the three, for me.
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Postby Erekose » 12 Jun 2007, 21:12

That Hideous Strength

is my favourite.. but only just.

Perhaps its because I see things in the "real" world which mirror those of the book :shocked:
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Postby Gabriel Syme » 12 Jun 2007, 22:39

My favourite is by far That Hideous Strenght, the most realistic of the three, even if this could sound paradoxical. I think I can say that I share the very same feeling expressed by Erekose.
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Postby Sarah N. » 14 Jun 2007, 03:45

Perelandra is my favorite of the three, though I also love That Hideous Strength. The sheer beauty of the prose thrills me and the whole premise of the story captures my imagination. Whenever I am thinking about Creation, the Fall, or just pondering over questions in my head, passages from this book always return to me. It has so influenced my thinking that if I am getting into a deep theological or philosophical discussion with a person, I usually end up asking, "Have you read Perelandra?" If they haven't, there is only so much that I can communicate to them about how I think, because I am not able to refer to events in the book for fear of spoiling it for them if they should choose to read it later. (Of course, this happens with other Lewis books as well. One memorable exchange went something like this:

Sarah, about to make a somewhat detailed reference to a passage in Prince Caspian : "Have you read Prince Caspian lately?"
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Postby Bill » 14 Jun 2007, 09:25

I finished re-reading them all very recently and I still prefer the first one.

Perelandra is without doubt a brilliant piece of writing. My only criticism is that I find the "struggle" just a bit long winded having read it several times and I must admit to skimming through that part of the story.

The unabridged version of THS does ramble on a bit in places and I find some of the internal politics at the College nearer the beginning of the book a bit tedious. However it does build to a magnificent climax.

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Postby Gabriel Syme » 14 Jun 2007, 23:30

Bill wrote:
The unabridged version of THS does ramble on a bit in places and I find some of the internal politics at the College nearer the beginning of the book a bit tedious. However it does build to a magnificent climax.

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It strikes me that I experienced the same feeling, to such an extent that after one or two chapters I actually stopped reading it the first time and left it there for several months. Yes, it does feel like a strangely dull incipit, but I think it makes perfect sense after reading the whole book.

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Postby Warrior 4 Jesus » 15 Jun 2007, 11:00

That Hideous Strength is great, Perelandra is very good also but a little slow-paced and Out of the Silent Planet is pretty mediocre (the last 30-50 pages are very good though). My vote goes to That Hideous Strength!
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Postby VixenMage » 16 Jun 2007, 15:58

Definitely THS. I do like Perelandra a lot, but since that's the only book of the trilogy I own, (and owned for years before I really realized how awesome it was, since I read it as a kid, not really thinking about the -meaning-), I've read it so many more times than either of the others, so THS still seems so fresh, and I'm still discovering so many little things in it every time I read it.

And THS is just... really close to home, which makes it a lot more vivid.
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Postby Bill » 16 Jun 2007, 21:04

I think I prefer Out of the Silent Planet because although in some ways it is probably the most prosaic of the three, it is just a good scifi yarn.


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Postby Carrie » 18 Jun 2007, 01:57

OOTSP is also my favorite, largely for the same reasons Bill has already stated. If I had read them out of order, I'm not sure I would have actually read them all. Perelandra and THS are both good, but I found them to be a bit rambling at times.
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Postby stshores24 » 24 Jun 2007, 18:15

OOTSP is the easiest of the series, in my opinion, to pick up and just enjoy. It's a joy from start to finish.

Perelandra...well, I always enjoy it, but the parts at the end ('rotating around the field of Arbol') completely lose me every time. I've read the book twice and still don't get it. :??:

THS...is a good book, and would be my favorite of the three if it wasn't just so darn long. It seems to take forever until things finally start turning around for the better. To me, it wasn't as depressing as The Last Battle, which I read a few months ago for the first time, but still...I'm not sure that I'll be listening to (the audiobook version of) THS again any time soon.
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