The Pilgrim's Regress

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One of C. S. Lewis' works of fiction, or more specifically allegory, this book is clearly modelled upon Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, as Lewis cleverly satirizes different sections of the Church. Written within a year of Lewis' conversion, it characterises the various theological and temperamental leanings of the time. This brilliant and biting allegory has lost none of its freshness and theological profundity, as the pilgrims pass the City of Claptrap, the tableland of the High Anglicans and the far-off marsh of ...

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Donald S

Oct 3, 2013

REGRESS= PROGRESS

WONDERFUL READING, THE
BEST BEFORE C.S. LEWIS PASSED AWAY
USES BOTH STORY AND POETRY TO TELL US ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.

Distance Librarian

Jul 8, 2010

Wise and witty

Lewis became a confirmed atheist in university, and it was only as a professor and in close friendship with Tolkien that he began to consider the matter of God again. Once he realized that God is real and that he, Lewis, was a sinner in need of a Savior, he looked back at his life and all the writers and philosophies he had studied, and he wrote this allegory to show the world where he'd gone wrong. It is excellent--humorous, wry, sad...much like the Pilgrim's Progress that he plays off of with this book.

ZEDSREVIEW

Jun 14, 2009

Allegory Accents Surprised by Joy

A book that is as useful for understanding Lewis's personal experience as his autobiography, Surprised by Joy. He takes up some of the same themes, this time defining his desire for God as Romanticism, which he later calls Joy. The story is of the journey of the character John, as he searches for something to fulfill that desire for something he can't yet define. He meets a variety of characters who reflect philosophies that Lewis considered before becoming a Christian. For example, there are characters who represent Freudians, Epicureans, Classicists. Through the adventure John realizes that things such as sex, knowledge, aesthetic beauty, do not fulfill that desire.

The story is told as an allegory, modeled after John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, because, as Lewis writes in the Afterword: "But in fact all good allegory exists not to hide but reveal; to make the inner world more palpable by giving it an (imagined) concrete embodiment.... For when allegory is at its best, it approaches myth, which must be grasped with the imagination, not with the intellect." (208) Nonetheless, it is engages the intellect too.

happy88

May 28, 2009

solid

The book is written in allegory and may be hard to follow but if interested in philosophy and religion then this is the book for you. It gives an honest approach of one mans journey through spiritual progression to his faith and not without an honest appraisal of all the faiths of the world.

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