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This book begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Scribner
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 8 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0743234901
ISBN-13: 9780743234900
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Series: Space Trilogy

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The first book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which continues with Perelandra and That Hideous Strength, Out of the Silent Planet begins the adventures of the remarkable Dr. Ransom. Here, that estimable man is abducted by a megalomaniacal physicist and his accomplice and taken via spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra. The two men are in need of a human sacrifice, and Dr. Ransom would seem to fit the bill. Once on the planet, however, Ransom eludes his captors, risking his life and his chances of returning to Earth, becoming a stranger in a land that is enchanting in its difference from Earth and instructive in its similarity. First published in 1943, Out of the Silent Planet remains a mysterious and suspenseful tour de force.

Author Bio

C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times This book has real splendor, compelling moments, and a flowing narrative.
The New Yorker If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels.
Los Angeles Times Lewis, perhaps more than any other twentieth-century writer, forced those who listened to him and read his works to come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions.

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  1. Age: 25-34
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    April 2, 2016
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    While walking through the English countryside, Dr. Ransom is kidnapped by two men who take him away on a spaceship, to the planet Malacandra. Convinced that the men intend to hand him over to the inhabitants of this strange place, Ransom manages to escape, but finds himself lost and alone. Though not for long.

    Ive had this on my shelf for years, and finally decided to read it. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Considering my love of Narnia and some of Lewis non-fiction writing, I was expecting to love this. Or, at the very least, enjoy it enough to read the whole trilogy. Neither is the case.

    The story is definitely plot-driven instead of character-driven, which loses points for me right away. I love layered characters, whose goals or needs push their story along. Ransom was mostly acted upon by outside forces, which would have been okay had the character (really, all of the characters) not felt so flat.

    Id say that about half of the writing was description of the new planet and its inhabitants. Of course, this is considered necessary because Lewis built this world from scratch, but it really slowed down any action.

    I dont see myself reading the rest of the series, and I probably wouldnt recommend it to anyone but die-hard sci-fi fans.

    I do feel the need to say that there is some Christian symbolism in the story, especially toward the end. Ive seen some reviews elsewhere that said there is nothing Christian about this book, but that is simply not true. Its not allegorical in the way that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is, but the symbolism is there.
  2. Greenbelt MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    June 18, 2013
    Sarah
    Greenbelt MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    gave as a gift. Love this trilogy by Lewis. I read this book several years ago and then again a few years ago. It is a beautiful story.
  3. CA
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book, good price, fast shipping!
    May 24, 2013
    CALaurie
    CA
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Only through Chapter 2 so far, but this book is a great short term literary study for us and my daughter (14) is enjoying it immensely.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 1, 2009
    Leo Dacus- Jr.
    What a trip - so descriptive and wild. CS puts his pen to the SiFi directory here in this book. Even though some may think it hard to understand what he is trying to describe you will know at the end. It is deffently christian based and you will not have a hard time figuring who's who. Take a trip with CS and endulge in his SiFi adventure.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 26, 2008
    Angela Perry
    Classic Lewis - might seem dated in some ways -language etc... but if you understand the historical references and theology then the combination proves why this is a timeless classic of Christian literature
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