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The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)

by John Bunyan

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Next to the Bible, The Pilgrim's Progress has probably been more widely read than any other book in the English language, and rightfully so. It is considered by many critics to be the greatest allegory in any language. And to think that it was written by a jailed tinker who received very little formal education! This classic allegory tells of a Christian's epic journey toward heaven and the many temptations and distractions he encounters along the way. With a burden on his back, Christian reads a book that tells him that the city in which he and his family dwell will be set ablaze. Christian flees from the City of Destruction and journeys through the Slough of Despond, the Valley of Humiliation, the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Vanity Fair, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains before finally reaching the Celestial City.… (more)

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Part 1 and Part 2 provide an interesting contrast.

I am often amazed to find major works written from a prison cell.
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  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
This edition by Barnes and Noble includes an introduction and notes by David Hawkes. Side notes include Bible verses for easy reference. Lovely pictures are found throughout the book. ( )
  CCUMCLendingLibrary | Jun 10, 2020 |
Classic Christain Allegory from a contemporary of Milton? Or an upbeat adventure fantasy with monster slaying, epic quests, moral quandaries, and much deceit?

It's very easy to fall back on this as a tool for moral teaching especially since the lessons being learned are all in the names of the characters, but I am forced to remember that this kind of everyman allegory has a long, long tradition in literature.

I'd rather see this as an easy to read upbeat fantasy adventure featuring first The Christian who goes on without his family to have adventures and his death AND THEN to have the second half be the rest of his family following down the same path, albeit somewhat differently.

The fact is... it's fun. Ignore all the religion stuff for a moment. Read it as a story. It's STILL FUN. Epic quest time!

It's also a pretty decent antidote to your normal GrimDark fantasy binge. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Pilgrim's Progress is the Christian Classic book. Aside from the Bible, Pilgrims Progress reportedly has the most printed copies. In this book you will follow Christian as he journeys to the Celestial City. This excellent edition seems geared toward young adult age range, but will satisfy any reader.
  WinchesterBaptist | May 18, 2020 |
Profusely illustrated, a good readable font size and a dedication as well as leather binding make this a sumptuous book. The dedication is from Thomas H Tuck to Thomas Henry and Elizabeth Tuck with his best wishes for their welfare in time & eternity, 16 Feb 1865
  jon1lambert | May 16, 2020 |
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Bunyan, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aho, OiliTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barnard, FrederickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, Henry MatthewIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chesterton, G. K.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cruikshank, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalziel, EdwardWood-Engraver.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalziel, GeorgeWood-Engraver.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dalziel, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Froude, James AnthonyContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, George B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hawkes, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hazelbaker, L. Edwardsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, R.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larsen, DanEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lawson, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesberg, SandyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, H. ElvetIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linton, J.D.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lovik, Craig JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maguire, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Offor, GeorgeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pape, Frank C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pérez, Marta R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pipe, RhonaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priolo, PaoloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rhys, ErnestEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robertson, PatForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossett, Rosalie A. deEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmidt, Gary D.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Selous, H. C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharrock, RogerEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sim, StuartIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Small, W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Southey, RobertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stothard, ThomasIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sturt, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, James H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westall, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiersbe, Warren W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Witherspoon, Alexander M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wumkes, G. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Pilgrim's Progress is a book which in the three hundred years of its existence has crossed most of the barriers of race and culture that usually serve to limit the communicative power of a classic.
As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and, as I slept, I dreamed a dream.
And all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.
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