The Pilgrim's Regress

The Pilgrim's Regress

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The Pilgrim's regress is, in a sense, a record of Lewis's own search for meaning and spiritual satisfaction that eventually led him to Christianity. It is the story of John and his odyssey to an enchanting island that has created in him an intense longing, a mysterious, sweet desire. John's pursuit of this desire takes him through adventures with such people as Mr. Enlightenment, Media halfways, Mr. Mammon, Mother Kirk, Mr. Sensible, and Mr. Humanist and through such cities as Thrill and eschropolis, as well as the Valley of Humiliation. Though the dragons and giants here are different from those in Bunyan's The Pilgrim's progress, Lewis's allegory performs the same function of enabling the author to say in fable form what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audiobooks, 2000.
Additional Contributors: Whitfield, Robert


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unbalancedbutfair Aug 08, 2012

One of the best audio books I've yet heard. The narrator is superb. The cadence is natural and the characterizations are subtle. One can easily envision being read this tale aloud by an older family member on a winter's eve.

As for the book. I read this first when I was an older teen. I thought I understood it and found it plodding and alternately esoteric and obvious. This was because I had yet to live. I find that I have grown into it, or at least, grown more into than I had been. I was to young and ignorant to appreciate it. I had yet to truly search. I think that anyone who holds that reason means something and is searching or has honestly searched for Truth will be able to appreciate this book. Searchers can usually benefit from an honest searcher's tale. An allegory that Lewis himself owned was perhaps too esoteric at points, is striking when you've walked some of the points. Honest searchers should read this after having read much else.

Jul 01, 2011

Lewis' philosophical autobiography, cast as an allegory of his journey through various forms of unbelief before accepting Christianity.


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