This is the 70th anniversary of the publication of C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength. While it remains an obscure book, it is an important dystopia from the WWII-era. In fact, it dropped the same week as Animal Farm by George Orwell. Over the next couple of weeks I am going to look at Lewis’ That Hideous Strength and Orwell’s 1984.
Not everyone knows, but That Hideous Strength is a fictional working out of Lewis’ lecture series The Abolition of Man. This is a challenging book. It took me 2 or 3 times reading it before I started to get a handle on it. I found listening to the audiobook really helped me connect the dots.
Recently, the genius behind C.S. Lewis Doodle on youtube has completed a visual interpretation of the first essay in The Abolition of Man. It is called “Men Without Chests,” and I am sure that I am not alone in thinking this is one of the most important essays of the 20th century. I hope you enjoy!