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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Science Fiction, That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.

That Hideous Strength published by the author C. S. Lewis received the title from a poem named, “The Monarche” published in 1945. This story involves a scientific institute, the N.I.C.E., which presents the front for supernatural forces. Many other author’s works like Inkling Charles Williams and Olaf Stapledon influenced the novel. The Bodley Head initially published the book in 1945. Macmillan Publishing reprinted the book in 1946, U.S. Scribner Classics in 1996, and by U.S. HarperCollins in 2012.

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Author:  C. S. Lewis

Genre:  Science Fiction Novel

Page:  384

Good reads rating:  3.88 of 5

My Rating:  7.6 of 10

Published:  2003 (reprint)

Publisher:  Scribner

Language:  English

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Review and Summary of That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.

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The novel aimed to describe the influences a ruling class normally comprises and the manner it influences society. The story takes place on earth and presents a scientific institute managed by the evil supernatural forces.

According to the novel, Mark Studdock, a college student, joined the Bracton college of the University of Edgestow and studied Sociology. A debate started regarding the sale of the college land to the N.I.C.E. Mark received a call and an offer to accept a position at the institute. The wife of Mark named Jane often experienced nightmares. She went to Mrs Dimble, the wife of a fellow tutor, to discuss her dreams. She told Mrs Dimble about her visions, and she received advice to go for counselling at Miss Ironwood.

Jane saw her in a black dress similar to the dreams she had. Miss Ironwood told her she experiences real-life events and not dreams. Dr Elwin Ransom took Jane to a manor and there he communicates with the angelic beings who guide the solar system. The angel takes care of the demonic presence. They can never cross the orbit of the moon and cannot reach earth. Mark selected by the N.I.C.E never received a job. There a scientist named Bill Hingest, resigned from the institute and warned Mark to leave.

Mark wrote articles for the newspaper about the good things of the institution. N.I.C.E Police arrested Jane for her psychic ability to control them. In the cell, a woman named Fairy tortured Jane.

Merlin helped Mark escape and sent him to St. Anne’s. The Oyarsa of Venus entered the Manor as it was the time of Ransom to return to his planet. Mark entered, and a vision of Venus showed him that Jane was preparing a bridal chamber for him.

Final Say on the Political Satire Novel, That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis.

C. S. Lewis used the novel to display that the good always wins and all things are possible. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I rate this novel, 7.9 out of 10. Would I re-read the novel? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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