13 September 2012

That Hideous Strength

As I said when I posted quotes from That Hideous Strength, I would eventually post a review once I was finished. Well, I finished the book, and I've posted a review at Allusions of Grandeur.  An excerpt:

To Lewis, the simpler things in life, and the great virtues once upheld by the proud British people—virtues like courage, honesty, chivalry, and submission—are the point of life, and give life its meeting. He complains of those who seek to study Man without ever getting to a man, and his point should be well-taken. The problem with social planners is that, for all their study, they never know man, and they cannot ever manage him. In fact, the only thing they can ever really do is kill man.

There are many more themes and thoughts to the book than what have been discussed here. That Hideous Strength is, in many ways, Lewis’s most profound work of fiction, and it is very much worth reading. As noted before, this is Lewis’s most enjoyable work of writing, and is comparable to some of Chesterton’s or Mencken’s better works, at least in terms of how thoroughly enjoyable it is to read—or even savor—the words coming out Lewis’s pen.

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