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The author of the book: Charles Williams
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.49 MB
Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: June 30th 2004
ISBN: 1419132474
ISBN 13: 9781419132476

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"Many Dimensions" was published shortly after "War In Heaven" and while it is quite different it is equally fine.

The major difference would be that "War In Heaven" is a Christian religious fantasy centring on The Holy Grail. "Many Dimensions" is a spiritual fantasy using as its focus a strange stone with other-worldly powers originally possessed by Suleiman the Magnificent. Further the cast of characters involves Hajji, an Islamic Persian ambassador, who plays a not insignificant part in the plot.

The plot ranges over a much wider field than in the earlier novel. Events involve not only the major players but extend to Labour union relations, the government and even the international scene.

The characters are somewhat better drawn in this novel. One meets Sir Gerald Tumulty once again and he is, if anything, more obnoxious than before. Against him are set the trio of Lord Christopher Arglay the Chief Justice, Chloe Bernett, the latter’s secretary and the previously mentioned Ambassador Hajji.

Apparently Chloe is the most vulnerable of this group but in the end she is the most significant figure and can be regarded as the main character in the novel. The fact that Arglay constantly calls her “child” {she is 25, he’s in his fifties} grates on a modern reader but one should bear in mind that the book was written in the early thirties. Chloe has far more agency, individuality, and depth of character than any of the women in Tolkien.

The stone itself has a number of unique powers. It allows its possessor to travel in space and time and it will cure disease. But perhaps its most potent power is that it is the source of tremendous visions. The great visionary sequences which occur in this novel are absolutely mind-blowing. They are unique to Williams and there is nothing comparable in the works of Tolkien or Lewis, his fellow Inklings.

One final point worth noting is that while it is at its core a spiritual fantasy, "Many Dimensions" has features that remind one of science-fiction. The stone itself is an artefact which can be analysed and {to a limited extent} manipulated. Time-travel, time-loops, and alternate realities are all major ideas in the story.

This is a remarkable, rewarding and quite original novel.

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Ebook Many Dimensions read Online! Charles Walter Stansby Williams is probably best known, to those who have heard of him, as a leading member (albeit for a short time) of the Oxford literary group, the "Inklings", whose chief figures were C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien. He was, however, a figure of enormous interest in his own right: a prolific author of plays, fantasy novels (strikingly different in kind from those of his friends), poetry, theology, biography and criticism.

— the Charles Williams Society website

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