That Hideous Strength

By C. S. Lewis,

Book cover of That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups

Book description

Just as readers have been transfixed by the stories, characters, and deeper meanings of Lewis's timeless tales in The Chronicles of Narnia, most find this same allure in his classic Space Trilogy. In these fantasy stories for adults, we encounter, once again, magical creatures, a world of wonders, epic battles,…

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3 authors picked That Hideous Strength as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I admit this book is not one you might think of when you think of time travel.

The time travel is more implied than explicit. This is actually the third book in a trilogy, but it is so different from the first two that you don’t need to read the first two before reading this one. The questions raised are as relevant now as when Lewis wrote it – maybe more so – right down to the questions around good and evil.

As an academic I could relate to this book because it really forces us intellectuals to ask some…

From James' list on thought-provoking time travel.

Probably the least popular book in Lewis’ famous “science fiction” trilogy, this is actually one of my favorite novels in the world. But it does make demands on the reader. I’m listing it as a fantasy novel here, although it’s formally classed as science fiction. That’s because Lewis made a conscious effort to link this story up with his friend Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Merlin’s wizardry in THS is of the same order as Gandalf’s. The revenge of nature at the end of THS comes by way of the revenge of the Ents at Isengard. What makes THS difficult is that…

From Lars' list on transcendent fantasy.

Mark Studdock, a young weak-minded but ambitious academic, wants to get into the inner circle of the college where he teaches, and when he is offered a job at a prestigious research institute he eagerly grabs it, but does not realise that he was offered the job simply as a way of getting at his wife Jane, whose role was much more important, but little understood by the institute or by Mark. The institute has its own inner circle, who are also after power, but a supernatural power that they fail to understand and try to explain in scientific terms.…

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