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 the Theosophists. As ever, Lewis says memorably in brief what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion.
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-- Chicago Tribune"An excellent book. In its sharp imagery, its clever inferences, its suspense, its characterization, and its occasional grotesque humor, it stands favorable comparison with its great model by John Bunyan."-- New York Times"The allegorical characters are not just abstractions. They are, in every instance, people objectively real and subjectively true to the inner meaning. The language throughout is plain, straightforward and leanly significant. To many it will seem like a fresh wind blowing across arid wastes."From the Back Cover:
Though the dragons and giants of this fable are different from those of Bunyan, C.S. Lewis uses allegory in the same compelling way.
His pilgrim steers a course past the City of Claptrap and between the tableland of the High Anglicans and the far-off marsh of the Theosophists.
“I have myself been deluded by every one of these false answers in turn, and have contemplated each of them earnestly enough to discover the cheat.”
C.S. LEWIS, from the introduction
Written within a year of his conversion, 'The Pilgrim's Regress' is self-consciously autobiographical, tightly structured, learned, thorough, and perhaps more belligerent than any other Christian work Lewis was to write. He says with brevity what would otherwise have demanded a full-length philosophy of religion.
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