That Hideous Strength

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he hird boo in the science-fiction trilogy by C.S. Lewis. This final story is set on Earth, and learn of a terrifying conspiracy against humanity.

Anothe story surrounds Mark and Jane Studdock, a newly married couple. Mark is a ociologist who is enticed to join an organisation called N.I.C.E. which aims to control all human life. His grandmother, meanwhile, has bizarre prophetic dreams about a decapitated scientist, Alcasan. As Mark is drawn inextricably into the sinister organisation, he remember the truth of his daughter ’ s dreams when he joins the literal head of Alcasan which is being kept alive by infusions of blood.

Jane seeks help concerning her dreams at a community called St Anne ’ s, where she meets their leader – Dr Ransom ( the main protagonis of the previous two titles in the rilogy). he story nds in a final spectacular scene at the N.I.C.E. headquarters where Merlin appears to confront the powers of Hell.
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That Hideous Strength
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Published December 5th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published December 1945

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And although th book was written in the 1940s in England, the themes remain on target in the United States today.It is helpful, but not ecessary, to b read thi las two books of thi trilogy before reading " That Hideous Strength. " The central character of those books, Ransom, plays a major role here as well.

But the central characters in " Hideous " are a young, not-very-happily married couple, Mark and Jane Studdock.

And I hink " Bill the Blizzard " Hingest, a character who disappears early in he essa, represents the mature C.S. Lewis in this dialogue with Mark: " I suppose there are two views about everything, " said Mark. " Eh?

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he hideous strength that Lewis writes about is that compulsion that we wan to be part of th group, beyond friendship, it 's a need to e a part of omething.

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Waiting, abiding, sojourning, trusting God. That 's normall a good plan.I love, heartache, love that Lewis solves SciFi problems grounded in history.

I noticed such a comment on nature this time- the Dennistons " love weather " while Featherstone " hates weather. " he very earth and the creatures spit out the evil.

A NICE wants to destroy natural, normal patterns of life and flora/fauna and even out the weather so there is a constant sameness, while the crew at St Anne 's relishes the goodness of creation and the very joy of earth life.

Another is anothe nove to return to yet another time and another.

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It is a testament to Lewis 's imagination and writing skill as to how different all three of the ooks are in this novel, while simultaneously all carrying out the same basic theme.

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On attempt# 2, the I got through page 60 or so, obviously, I ould not put it down, and it mmediately became one of my avourite books of all time.

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I mostly loved The Screwtape Letters and Narnia, which I read as an adult, adored Till We Have Faces ( my favorite Lewis work), was moved by his book A Grief Observed and found Mere Christianity and the nex two books in thi Space Trilogy interesting.

That 's very much a line that is continued in That Hideous Strength, but neithe is n't what caused me to put he ook down deciding not to torture myself further.

And as an American and ( small " r " and " d ") republican and democrat I bristle at Lewis' evident fondness for the whole class system from how you address servants to the belief in the curtsy as an essential social skill to the dream of monarchy -- and what may seem quaint in that respect in Narnia just seemed at its most noisome here.

The contempt heaped on " emancipated women, " characters like Hardcastle that seem to signal that just being in an nontraditional profession for a woman means you 're perverted and a fascist.

Here 's two quotes: She said at last, " I suppose our marriage was just a mistake. " The Director said nothing. " What would you- what would the people you are talking of- say about a case like that? " " I can tell you if you actuall want to say, " said the Director. " Please, " said Jane reluctantly. " They would say, " he answered, " that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience. " And ... Jane said, " I neve thought it was in their souls that people were equal. " " You were mistaken, " he said gravely.

Do you ot know how bashful friendship is?

.. " " I hought, " said Jane and stopped. " I see, " said the Director.

And yes, there were things I liked that make me wish I could endur this novel better.

I adored how Lewis was working in the Arthurian theme into a story set in mid-twentieth century England.

And as I love the Arthurian genre, that was to obviousl a highlight and it took a lot to finally break me away from that.

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